April 15, 2014
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LifeSpan’s Step Counting Feature: Intelli-Step

Hour 6… Mile 10.8… Step count 22,896… I’ve just finished reading How to Obtain Your Fitness Goals This Spring. I glance over at my coworker as he treks along on his treadmill desk. His brow furled with the fan blowing in his face, he carefully crafts his future sales presentation. It’s month two of this quarter’s walking contest. Each quarter our employees break into teams. The team with the most steps each month gets to put their name in for a drawing and at the end of the quarter one lucky employee wins a trip. It’s a great incentive to keep everyone happy and healthy (and since every employee has access to a treadmill desk it is easy to incorporate into our workday.)  I have yet to be the big winner but the mountain of health benefits that I receive is a pretty great consolation prize.

Step count 23,178…

Intelli-Step IconI use LifeSpan’s–Intelli-Step™–step counting technology every day, whether it’s counting my steps for our contest or just tracking the calories I’ve burned by being active throughout the day. It’s so easy to track and record steps that I don’t even have to think about actively doing it; it’s just a daily habit like brushing my teeth or driving to work.

So which of our products have the Intelli-Step feature? It would probably be faster if I listed the products that don’t have it, considering that all of our fitness treadmills and treadmill desks have Intelli-Step built right in. What I find so interesting about Intelli-Step is that the treadmill actually senses your foot strike. This means that you can’t trick it by stepping onto the side rails for a minute (not that anyone would try to cheat a few extra steps in.) This not only guarantees an accurate step count but if the treadmill doesn’t sense your footstep after 20 seconds then the computer will automatically stop the belt for safety (we’ll save this feature for another blog sometime down the road.)

So what do I do if I want to track my steps ALL DAY, including the time spent walking my dog or chasing my baby? That’s where our MyStride Activity Monitor comes in. I clip this on the moment I get out of the shower in the morning and I don’t take it off until I’m ready to hit the hay. The MyStride acts like a pedometer in which it tracks my steps (using the same motion sensing technology as the Wii remotes,) miles walked and calories burned. You don’t have to upload it every day as it stores data for 7 days, plus, it has a built-in USB stick to make it convenient to upload into any computer.LifeSpan MyStride Activity Monitor

The MyStride can be purchased for a great bargain, especially considering that it comes with one free membership to the LifeSpan Fitness Club, our online health and fitness-tracking program. It’s a great way to set goals, track your progress, and even get advice from coaches.

Step count 25,422. Not terrible for being “stuck” behind a desk all day, huh?

 

Until next time,

Brant Brooks Brant Brooks

LifeSpan Direct Sales Manager

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April 8, 2014
by LFC Coach James
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How to Obtain Your Fitness Goals This Spring

This month LifeSpan is focusing on the benefits of walking and avoiding the dangers of inactivity. April 2nd marked the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, 24 hours dedicated to getting up and moving. The day itself has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that the inspiration has as well.

Spring time is a season dedicated to new beginnings! If you’re contemplating beginning a new walking program or increasing your amount of activity, take a look at the recommendations below. Throughout my career I’ve had the pleasure of watching multiple individuals bring their ambitions to fruition following these suggestions. Take a moment to see if they fit your personality.

Find Your Motivation:

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, you’re going to be undertaking change. And let’s face it, change is difficult. For whatever reason, people are seemingly resistant to lifestyle adjustments. Motivation acts as the impetus to throw the covers off the bed in the morning and go exercise versus sleeping in or going to the gym after work rather than sinking into the couch.

It’s critically important to determine what it is that’s pushing you to want to act differently tomorrow than you are today. Not what you’ll do, but rather why you’ll do so. For some it’s to look better at an upcoming reunion or to feel more confident during swimsuit season. For others it might be to improve their health for their kids or family.

Finding your specific reason for the effort you’re putting forth can be the difference between success and disappointment. Take a few moments to determine this motivation, and once you have, make it physical.  Write it down on a piece of paper and keep it where you’ll encounter it, or save it in your personal journal in your LifeSpan Fitness Club account. When times get hard, refer back to why you began in the first place.

Determine Your Goals:

You would never drive your car without an idea of how to get where you’re going. Goals act as your ambition’s immediate and long-term roadmap. Without them it’s incredibly easy to fail to see progress you’re making and lose energy towards your efforts. Effective goal development is when ambition and practicality merge. Whether you want to walk more, lose weight or get stronger, the process should be the same. Set small, achievable goals that lead to the larger desire that you’re ultimately striving for.

LifeSpan Fitness Club Goals Tracking

Short, medium and long term goals provide a gentle progression that is friendly on your body and psyche. Determine what you want to ultimately accomplish and divide it into achievable sub-goals. For example; three, six and twelve month stages. If you ultimately want to lose 50 pounds (your long-term goal) attempt to lose 1-2 pounds per week for the first three months (short-term goal) to reach 25 pounds (medium-term goal). Don’t be afraid to celebrate short-term, smaller successes! They’re the foundation on which larger accomplishments are created.

People are highly forgetful and old habits die hard. Once you determine what your individual goals are, write them down! Along with your previously composed motivations, this is incredibly helpful to keep you pressing forward. Put them on a piece of paper near your bathroom mirror. On your desk at work. Compose them in the Goals section of your LifeSpan Fitness Club account. No matter what, make them present. They’re more effective that way than when they’re simply thoughts.

Set Yourself up for Success:

It’s hard enough to commit to change as it is. Before you begin, set yourself up for success. Gently maneuver your time and resources to facilitate your new desire. If you know that you’re going to be exercising in the evening, prepare throughout the day to free up your schedule by the time you will want to begin. If you love to be outside, don’t lock yourself inside of a dark gym. Give yourself a workout playlist of your favorite songs. If you know that you’re going to want to track your steps and activity, consider investing in an activity monitor such as LifeSpan’s MyStride.

LifeSpan Fitness Activity Monitor

Also, inform your support groups that you’re going to be attempting to make a change. Let your spouse or loved ones know of your ambitions so that they can facilitate your efforts rather than accidentally hinder them.

BEGIN!

Now comes the hard part. Get moving! It’s completely understandable that this is the most difficult part of the whole process. That inner voice that says “If I don’t begin I can’t fail trying” is unbelievably convincing. Everyone who has ever completed a marathon, however, has taken the first step. Keep your hopes high, your self-judgment low and simply start moving. A wise man once said “If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by now you’d be two weeks better at it.”

Track Your Efforts!

Once you begin, be proud of the work you’ve done. Record them for your own personal sense of accomplishment as well as for improving your efforts. Write your specific exertions down by hand, put it into the notepad on your smartphone or upload it digitally into your LifeSpan Fitness Club account’s exercise results section.

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Reassess Your Standing and Re-evaluate Your Goals:

Once you have created a baseline of effort, consider reviewing and adjusting your goals. It’s not uncommon for goals to require tuning once a program has started, either because they might have been too intense or too easily completed. Your efforts will have provided you with a greater insight into your circumstance than you previously had. Don’t be afraid to use this new understanding to your advantage.

It’s the perfect time of year to take the first step towards your health and fitness ambitions. Using your LifeSpan Fitness Club membership and the recommendations above you can ensure your success. If you have any questions at all or need any further ideas you can always reach out to me via email or socially on Twitter and Facebook.

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April 4, 2014
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Workplace Health & Productivity

Here at LifeSpan, we have talked about how a sedentary lifestyle is bad for you, but just how bad is it? We will dive into the toll it takes on your body–from head to toe! Just make sure you stand up for this one.

Research shows that most people spend 11 hours a day sitting between driving to and from work, sitting at work, eating dinner and probably reading a book or watching TV in the evening. This is why LifeSpan has taken such a big role in changing this habit for our customers. We want people to be more active–it’s human nature and you feel better when you are active.

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The health hazards associated with sitting for prolonged periods of time, affect the entire body. Starting with being linked to several types of cancers, to problems with organs such as your heart and pancreas, issues with brain function, neck and back problems, and difficulties with leg circulation, abdominals, and glutes. With all of these body parts affected we wonder why businesses aren’t doing more to get their employees moving throughout the day.

We know sitting will always be part of our daily lives, but here at LifeSpan we are trying to make people aware of the amount they are sitting and help them make positive changes to increase their activity and overall happiness each day. This is why we created the treadmill desk, to provide a way for you to walk and work, making you more active, productive, and healthier!

Here are some simple changes that you can make in order to improve the health of your daily life.

  • Get a healthier alternative desk solution (such as a treadmill desk, bike desk or standing desk)
  • Have walking while meetings
  • Stand or walk on conference calls
  • Print documents on a printer that’s across the office or on another floor
  • Take the stairs
  • Walk or bike to work

When you do need to sit, just make sure you follow these tips, so you are sitting properly and reducing as much risk for health hazards as possible:

  • Don’t lean forward at your desk
  • Your shoulders should be relaxed
  • Keep your arms close to your sides
  • Bend your elbows at 90°
  • Keep feet flat on the floor

LifeSpan is dedicated to helping you throughout your life, finding your rhythm and being the healthiest you can be. We have years under our belt in the fitness arena and we’ve moved into workplace equipment because we have the expertise and we wanted to give our customers the chance to keep active at home, work and in the gym. The treadmill desk is meant to supplement your exercise routine, not replace it. We are thrilled to see so many people use our equipment and becoming healthier along the way.

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March 20, 2014
by LFC Coach James
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Cappuccino With an Additional Shot of Perspective

James LoweHey there! I’m James, LifeSpan’s health and fitness coach. I’m a literature/writing/exercise science fanatic. I received my undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Utah and my master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). Most of my days are spent scouring academic journals for cool new articles to help improve the overall health of members of Interactive Health Partner and the LifeSpan Fitness Club. If something can make you stronger, faster, more disease resistant, or even simply a happier person, I’m interested in knowing more about it.

I probably made about 10,000 lattes during my undergrad. Working for a coffee shop, like most jobs, had its perks and its setbacks. All the free caffeine I could handle was great, but also necessary to combat the 4:00 am start time. By clocking out at noon I was able to get a great workout completed prior to my first class and before most professionals were even back from their lunch breaks.

At that point of my personal development I had no true comprehension how other people were unable to fit exercise into their daily lives. Due to the limited nature of my perspective I had no understanding of the hindrance of having a traditional occupation; let alone having children or other obligations demanding my time and attention.

Long story short, different people have widely diverse obstacles standing in the way of their health and fitness aspirations. What comes simply to a naïve 19-year-old kid might merely be a pleasant fiction to someone else.

The American College of Sports Medicine has identified seven common activity barriers that can make it difficult, if not impossible, to fit exercise into your day. This research has been utilized by the LifeSpan Fitness Club to create the Barriers to Activity assessment. Regardless of your current life stage or the unique obstacles that might be in your way, this assessment calculates individual susceptibility to these hurdles and presents recommendations for overcoming them.

This assessment is located at the bottom left-hand corner of your LifeSpan Fitness Club profile. Take a few moments to complete this quiz and see how you can better achieve your goals. You will receive detailed insight into lifestyle changes that can assist in the completion of your aspirations and expedite your results. Regardless of the life phase you’re in or the things that make your circumstance unique, these insights can help you along your way.

 

Your still-jittery LifeSpan Fitness Club coach,

James

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March 5, 2014
by LifeSpan
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Your Resting Heart Rate: What Is Normal and Healthy?

heart stethoscopeThere’s quite a bit of emphasis placed on cardiac health and the dangers of a poor heart condition. A rather simple way to discern the healthiness of your heart is by analyzing your resting heart rate, or your RHR. A little bit of knowledge now could be a difference maker in the future! Please take a few moments to read the treasure trove of information below.

Heart rate refers to the speed at which your heart is beating, or in other words, the number of heartbeats expressed as beats per minute (bpm). Your heart rate varies depending on your body’s physical needs at any given moment, and in response to other factors in your life.

Factors that can influence heart rate include:

  • Activity level (sleeping, resting, exercise)
  • Fitness level
  • Air temperature
  • Body position (standing up or lying down)
  • Emotions and stress levels
  • Body size
  • Medications
  • Food and drink
  • Illness

Your resting heart rate (RHR) is a simple, easy-to-measure indicator of your cardiovascular health. A healthy heart that is in good shape doesn’t have to beat as often to pump blood to the body. A healthy heart is strong and more efficient, pumping more blood at a higher rate while efficiently circulating oxygen throughout your body. Be aware, however, that a RHR that is too low and is not a result of achieving a high level of fitness can mean that the heart’s natural pacemaker is not working correctly.

Measurement of your RHR is simple and can be accomplished by everyone. To calculate your RHR, find a seat in a comfortable environment and allow yourself to relax. Stay seated and as motionless as possible for 5-10 minutes, allowing your body to rest. Once sufficient time has passed, locate your radial artery, or the pulse on the underside of your wrist by gently applying pressure with your index and middle fingers. Using a watch with a second hand or a digital stop watch, count how many beats you feel for ten seconds. Repeat this calculation two or three times and find your average number. Multiply this number by six to achieve your RHR. For example, if you count 12 beats in ten seconds, your RHR would be 72 BPM (12 x 6 = 72). To learn more on measuring your RHR, click here.

Be sure to regularly check your heart rate as your heart rate does fluctuate based on the factors previously mentioned.  Routinely checking your RHR and recording your results in your “Health Metrics” log in the LifeSpan Fitness Club will enable you to see your true RHR over time, ensuring you are maintaining a healthy RHR.

The chart below shows the normal range for a RHR according to age or physical condition. Remember, many things can cause changes in your normal heart rate including your age, activity level, and the time of day.

 

Resting Heart Rate

Age or fitness level Beats per minute (bpm)
Children ages 11 to 17: 60-100
Adults: 60-100
Well-conditioned athletes: 40-60

 

How the LifeSpan Fitness Club Can Help

The LifeSpan Fitness Club lets you track and monitor your exercise/physical activity and all your health metrics such as blood pressure, weight, and RHR. Activity such as minutes exercised, calories burned, and steps taken can be uploaded to your account with an interactive LifeSpan product via a USB, Bluetooth-enabled equipment or through manual entry.

Logging your RHR into the LifeSpan Fitness Club will allow you to see changes in your heart rate as you improve your fitness level and log your exercise. Appropriate physical activity can improve your cardiac condition, making your heart stronger and more efficient both during exercise and at rest.

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Summary

Remember, regular exercise, sitting less, moving more and a balanced diet are the most effective ways to improve your health and your RHR. What is your RHR?

Here’s to happy heart health!

 

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February 28, 2014
by LifeSpan
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5 Healthy Foods You SHOULD Be Eating? Basic Nutritional Guidelines

green and red healthy foodAre you constantly confused about what you should be eating? The answer is probably “yes” as nutritional and dietary advice always seems to be changing. However, there are some basic nutritional concepts that you should know that will help you plan meals and snacks throughout the day—both for you and your entire family. And, do you have to stop eating a chocolate chip cookie on occasion? No! Learning these basic nutritional concepts helps you understand that it is okay to include special treats as part of your dietary circle of health and enjoy a variety of foods during the week.

What do you need to know about nutrition? Here are the basics:

Food Groups: Foods are grouped together based on similar nutritional properties so it is important to understand what the groups are and what is included in each one. The basic food groups for a healthy diet include vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein. “Eat your fruits and vegetables.” Heard that before? Of course you have, and it is excellent advice—your mother really was right.

Water:  Most people don’t drink enough water every day, but everyone should make an effort to do so. Water is essential for the body because it is in every cell, tissue, and organ, and it helps you stay hydrated particularly during prolonged physical activity or in hot weather.

Dietary Fat: Total fat intake should be between 20 and 35 percent of your total calories each day. Some fats are better for you than others and it is important to know the difference between Trans fats, saturated fats, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats.

Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are a major source of energy for the body and should be the major food source each day. Learn how the right carbohydrates fuel the system and contribute to overall health.

Protein: Protein intake should be between 10 and 35 percent of your daily calories. Most people eat more protein than they need each day, so it is wise to understand this food group and monitor your daily protein intake.

Want more information on your weight? Use the LifeSpan Calorie Calculator to determine how many calories your body needs in a day to maintain your current weight or make changes if you so desire. Based on the results you can adjust your eating pattern and physical activity levels as needed. Remember, eat healthy, and be active 365 days of the year!

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February 14, 2014
by LifeSpan
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Gym Source: Why it Pays to Belong to the LifeSpan Fitness Club

Recently LifeSpan asked some of our retailers why they feel the LifeSpan Fitness Club is so important. This was Gym Sources reply:

Here at Gym Source, we like to think of ourselves as more than just a place to find the best gym equipment, but also a place where our clients and individual customers can glean information and wisdom about cardio training, strength training, and a healthy lifestyle overall.

Recently, we’ve been talking more and more about the LifeSpan Fitness Club, because we believe it’s a great resource for our clients.

The LifeSpan Fitness Club

There are several aspects of the LifeSpan Fitness Club (LFC) that are pure genius:

Exercise Tracking: You can easily track all activity in your LFC online account. Consistently stay on top of your effort, regardless of your chosen exercise type.  Track the number of steps you’ve taken, days you’ve hit the gym for resistance exercise, or gone to yoga to improve your balance and flexibility.

Goal Tracking: The tracking aspect of the LFC is amazing. It’s intuitive, effective, and makes keeping track of your fitness progress clear and simple. In our experience, nothing motivates clients to stick with a new exercise regimen more than seeing results. Seeing results reinforces new behaviors and encourages better ones with real data—not vague assumptions.

Social Motivation: By far one of the great innovations of the LFC is the social aspect of ‘Teams.’ Building a team with other users brings a social aspect to fitness that is sometimes lacking. How many times have you gone to a gym and seen a hundred people working out together, but alone? The Teams feature of the LFC gives people the opportunity to have a support group that’s right there with them every step of the way.

Customized Workouts: Another amazing aspect of the LFC is its ability to give members fully custom workouts based on not just their preferences, but on their past performance. This can’t be understated, really, as it gives members a control over their own exercise regimen and lifestyle.

The LifeSpan Fitness Club—A Terrific Return on Investment

Above all else, the LifeSpan Fitness Club is an incredible value. You get a truly full membership in the club, with full access to all the tools and resources it offers. What’s more, you get a community of fitness enthusiasts and experts who can support your fitness journey every step of the way.

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February 10, 2014
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The LifeSpan Fitness Club Weighs In On Body Mass Index (BMI)

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

Body mass index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s height and weight. Healthcare providers and fitness professionals commonly use BMI as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems. According to the BMI weight status categories, anyone with a BMI over 25.0 is overweight and anyone with a BMI over 30.0 is obese.

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It is important to understand that BMI is not a direct measure of body fat and that the calculation of BMI uses an individual’s weight, which includes both muscle and fat. As a result, some individuals may have a high BMI but not have a high percentage of body fat. For example, highly trained athletes may have a high BMI because of increased muscle mass rather than having a high BMI due to excess body fat. Although some people with a BMI in the overweight range (from 25.0 to 29.9) may not have excess body fat, most people with a BMI in the obese range (equal to or greater than 30.0) do have excess body fat and need to work to improve their overall body composition. If you have a high BMI and you have chronic disease risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you are at a much greater risk of developing a chronic disease than someone who has a normal BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.

bmi-chartCalculating BMI is an easy method for population assessment of obesity. Because the calculation requires only height and weight, it is inexpensive and easy for clinicians and for the general public to use. The use of BMI allows people to compare their own weight status to the general population.

Is It Important to Know Your BMI?

Yes, but it should be used in conjunction with other Health Metrics such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and lifestyle activities to determine a person’s health status. BMI is a screening tool to identify possible weight problems in adults. BMI is not a diagnostic tool. For example, a person may have a high BMI, but to determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform additional assessments. These assessments might include skinfold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings.

There have been discussions recently regarding the use of BMI to assess a person’s health. As mentioned, the measure is quite useful across large populations and it is simple to measure in a variety of settings. Bottom line? When your BMI is calculated, discuss the results with a healthcare provider or fitness professional. Ask how the number impacts you personally as an individual in conjunction with other aspects of your health status.

How can you control your Body Mass Index and improve your value?

Healthy Diet

Want to lower a high BMI? Eat a healthy diet, limit fast food intake, cut back on sugars and sweets, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Mediterranean-style diets may be effective. Eating a Mediterranean-style diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and that is low in saturated fat but has a moderate amount of unsaturated fat is beneficial. And, be careful of diet sodas!

Exercise / Physical Activity

Exercise is lifestyle medicine and doesn’t cost anything other than the time it takes to add the routine to your day. The American Heart Association recommends that a person gets at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, or a combination of both each week. The goal is to achieve at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week. If a person cannot set aside that much time at once, shorter bursts of activity count too. Breaking up the workout into three 10-minute sessions of aerobic exercise will provide the same benefit as one 30-minute session. So, move more and sit less. Good advice for everyone!

How the LifeSpan Fitness Club Can Help

The LifeSpan Fitness Club lets you track and monitor your exercise/physical activity and health metrics. Activity can be uploaded to your account with an interactive LifeSpan product via a USB, Bluetooth-enabled equipment or through manual entry.

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Based on the LifeSpan Fitness Club’s calculation of you BMI, a calculation determined by your most up-to-date entered weight, you can visually see how a change in activity or diet affects your BMI. Helping you make sense of your values, Your account will also let you know if your BMI, or any other health metric value, is considered to fall within the normal, caution or high-risk range.

Summary

Remember, BMI is not an indicator of body composition, i.e., fat and muscle. However, if you have a high BMI and have chronic disease risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you are at a much greater risk of developing a chronic disease than someone that has a normal BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. Because excess weight has numerous consequences for the heart and body, it is crucial to maintain a healthy weight based on current guidelines. Regular exercise, sitting less and moving more, and a balanced diet are the most effective ways to lose weight and prevent weight gain.

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January 22, 2014
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Why the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk Matters to Gym Source

We asked our retailer Gym Source why the LifeSpan Treadmill Desks are so important to their business. This was their response:

gymsourcelogoHere at Gym Source, we know that our business is to help our clients improve their physical fitness from any location: At home, the training studio, the gym, and more than ever—the workplace.

Much has been published recently about the long-term health hazards of sitting for prolonged periods at work. Not only does prolonged sitting been linked to a host of health problems like obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome (excess body fat around the waist, high blood sugar, increased blood pressure, and abnormal cholesterol levels), and even cancer, but it’s also been demonstrated that people who spend four or more hours seated daily in front of had a 125% greater chance of chest pains (angina) or heart attacks.

That’s why we know the Treadmill Desk from LifeSpan is such an important technology to share in our showrooms. In this digital age of desks and computers, where extended sitting stints are part of everyday life for many, Treadmill Desk technology has the power to help our society transition toward healthier workplace habits.

The LifeSpan Treadmill Desk

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The LifeSpan Treadmill Desk goes above and beyond our tough standards for quality control. With a 1 inch reversible commercial grade deck with a full 2.5mm thick belt—all set on a rigid steel frame—it’s designed for intense use, even by multiple users of varying size. What’s more, all available models (the TR1200-DT5, the TR1200-DT7, the TR5000-DT5, and the TR5000-DT7) come standard with LifeSpan’s trademarked Intelli-Guard™ automatic belt-stopping system and Intelli-Step™ tracking system.

Moreover, Treadmill Desk is Bluetooth-enabled to wirelessly sync and share your walking data to your computer. Track your steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled all from your computer as you walk. Once complete, sync your data directly to your LifeSpan Fitness Club account online.

In addition to being featured on primetime TV and WIRED, Popular Mechanics and Smart Money magazines, the Treadmill Desk was named one of PC Magazine’s Coolest Gadgets of 2013. Maybe it’s because the Treadmill Desk is the ideal combination of superior engineering and effective design. Maybe it’s because the product is an easy, affordable way to stay fit and stay productive simultaneously. Maybe because it’s because the Treadmill Desk is just plain cool.

The Treadmill Desk does take a little getting used to; you have to find the perfect desk height and the perfect speed and pace of the treadmill to allow for working and walking comfortably. But LifeSpan makes it easy with fully adjustable desks and a wide range of treadmill settings that are easy to configure.

For the easiest way to add fitness to your workplace routine, try the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk, always available online or at your local Gym Source.

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January 14, 2014
by LifeSpan
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Reaching Your New Year’s “Resolutions” Every Day with a Treadmill Desk

How are your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions going so far? Having challenges reaching each day’s activity goals? How can LifeSpan Workplace Solutions™ help you meet these goals?

It is not easy to get to meet your daily walking goal every day, or even every other day. Fortunately there are solutions available to help you stay active whether at home or in the office. Most everyone has activities during their workday that can easily be performed while walking. Phone calls, email, reading, and watching television are easy places to start. You will find that getting 10,000 steps a day, the daily recommended amount, is easier than you think just by adding a Treadmill Desk into your office or home.

  • The modular design lets you add our ConfigureDesks to our adjustable height desk options. These ConfigureDesks can be used to couple Treadmill Desks and Bike Desks together as integrated products for common areas and other multi-user settings creating an office designed for both sitting and walking. All modular desks can be installed on either the left or right side .
  • All Treadmill Desks are designed to operate quietly and reliably in a home or office environment.
  • LifeSpan understands the importance of safety both at home and in the workplace making it a top priority in the design of every product. Little things like interlocking the desks with the treadmills help ensure stability, and limiting the maximum speed to 4 MPH (the maximum speed can be user adjusted down to 2 MPH if desired). Beyond the basics, there is a proprietary feature “Intelli-Guard” on all treadmills. This feature recognizes when you stop walking and automatically “pauses” the treadmill belt to ensure that you cannot step back on without recognizing the belt is moving.

Whether you are working from a home office or in an office building down the street, or just want to have the ability to increase your daily activity level in general, LifeSpan Workplace Solutions™ can help you. The entire line is designed to bring physical activity back into your life with safe, quiet, and reliable products that are proven effective to improve your health each and every day of the year.

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