Questions & Answers
Walking while working
DOES WORKING AT A TREADMILL DESK REALLY WORK? CAN I CONCENTRATE ?
The change from a normal office chair and desk to a WALKOLUTION treadmill desk is a joyful experience. Most users need around 10 minutes to get used to working while walking. You will feel vital and active, while achieving new levels of working efficiency, and getting yourself into a creative mood.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A TREADMILL DESK?
The human body is designed to keep moving for most of the day. With walking while working, you can get into shape effortlessly, counteract sitting-related health problems and boost your mental performance simultaneously.
WHAT TYPES OF TASKS CAN I PERFORM WHILE I AM WALKING?
Contrary to popular believe, working while walking doesn’t require to multitask. Consider walking as something like breathing. First time users are often surprised that tasks like operating a computer or reading text can be performed without any difficulties. Even fine motor tasks like video editing or CAD drawing can be performed without problems. Walking at a slow pace also promotes creative thinking and actually boosts concentration. Many of our users also report, that it is easier to reach a flow-like state when using our system. Get in touch with us to try it out! You will like it.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH SITTING?
The need for movement has been hardwired within our innate composition. Evolution has shaped humans to to be able to move quickly and efficiently, in order to hunt and gather, covering substantial distances over time. It is only in recent history that physical effort and stamina have become a matter of personal interest or a leisure pursuit.
Scientific findings over the past decade overwhelmingly echo a powerful message: sitting not only weakens the musculoskeletal system, causing chronic and sometimes debilitating pain. It also dramatically increases one’s risk of diabetes, weight-gain, heart disease, stroke and cancer, while affecting our cognitive and mental health, and making us more susceptible to depression and dementia. And, contrary to popular belief, neither daily exercise, standing at work nor interrupting sitting regulary with short walking intervals does not counteract the ill effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
The Walkolution Concept
WHAT IS THE WALKOLUTION WORK AND WALK SYSTEM?
The WORK AND WALK series from Walkolution consists of a collection of walking treadmills and height adjustable desks, that can be combined. The main difference to conventional gym or fitness treadmills, is that the Walkolution systems are entirely human-powered, non-motorised and ergonomically optimised, in such a way that they can be used in a professional office setting. Optionally, Walkolution systems are also available with an integrated backrest and a seat, that allow one to use the system with a high degree of flexibility. The overall concept is a system that can be used intuitively, in order to incorporate movement naturally into the daily workplace routines.
WHERE CAN I TEST THE WALKOLUTION TREADMILL DESK?
All products come with a 30 Days Money Back Guarante, so you can try them at your home or office. To contact a local representative in our showrooms in Munich, Oslo or Zurich, you can arrange an appointment, a video demonstration or a free phone consultation here. We also organize on-site product demonstrations for corporate customers.
HOW IS THE WALKOLUTION TREADMILL DRIVEN?
Unlike most other treadmill desk systems, WALKOLUTION’s unique self-powered design works without any external power.
IS THERE ANY NOISE FROM THE TREADMILL?
No, it is whisper silent and thus neither distracts you nor your colleagues around you.
HOW EASY IS IT TO MOVE THE WALKOLUTION TREADMILL?
The walking treadmill has wheels on the front, that carry most of the weight of the treadmill when you lift it by the rear handles. You can easily set it up anywhere you want to.
IF I ALREADY HAVE A STAND UP DESK, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
We have many customers who had already bought height adjustable desks before upgrading to a Walkolution setup. The WORK AND WALK model, PURE, can be bought alone, and used as a supplement to an existing stand-up desk. PURE can also easily be combined with the optional backrest or seat option.
WHY DO YOU OFFER A SEAT OPTION?
The aim is to sit for less than to 2 to 4 hours a day, and the idea is to vary your position regularly, intuitively shifting between different postures, with walking being the predominant form. Both mind and body need frequent changes for an optimal work experience. Every other solution becomes monotonous after a while. Using the seat only for brief intervals, the user will still log around 15.000 to 20.000 steps per day.
WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE TREADMILL DESK?
- Our walking treadmill is 64.2 cm wide, 140 cm long and 32 cm high at the front and 25 cm in the middle.
- The manually height adjustable desk, Performance, is 100 to 180 cm wide, 80 cm deep and up to 155 cm high. Other dimensions can be adjusted upon request, and made to measure.
I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE. WHAT CAN I DO?
The Walkolution workplace doesn’t actually require more room than a conventional desk with a chair. The treadmill can also be easily removed when not in use thanks to transport wheels.
IF I DO NOT HAVE A STAND UP DESK, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
You can purchase an height-adjustable desk from our collection, construct your own desk solution or take an existing one. In any case, you should make sure, that the desk fits your body size. A valid option could also be to use monitor mountings, that can be adjusted flexibly.
ARE THERE ANY UNEXPECTED SIDE EFFECTS?
Not at all! Working on a treadmill desk does not have any negative impact on your work. Because walking is instinctive for human beings, you will find that walking while you work will soon become second nature.
Your walking speed is slow enough that it will not influence your ability to type, control a mouse or read. Many users also love to make phone calls or have a video conference or meeting while using a treadmill desk.
WHO CAN USE THE TREADMILL DESK? ARE THERE WEIGHT OR AGE LIMITATIONS?
Our products can be used by everybody who desires to promote one’s health while working. There are no limits with regard to body size or age. In general, it is designed for users with a weight of up to 180 kg.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO USE A TREADMILL DESK OR A WALKING DESK?
Just give yourself some time to get used to the feeling of the natural movement on the treadmill. This usually doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes. No need to rush – take the time to find your own personal rhythm. Take long, slow steps and keep your body in an upright position. You will find that it is easier to walk at the front of the treadmill than at the back, due to the minimal decline of the treadmill belt.
DO I NEED SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO USE THE TREADMILL DESK?
WHICH TYPE OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR ON THE TREADMILL?
The WALKOLUTION system has a built-in cushion for optimal walking support and can be used it with every shoe type or even without shoes.
DO I HAVE TO WALK AGAINST THE RESISTANCE OF THE TREADMILL?
The resistance of the treadmill belt can be regulated intuitively by your position on the treadmill. Walking while working is not meant to be exhausting but to give you the opportunity to incorporate gentle and natural movement throughout the entire day.
DOES THE WALKOLUTION TREADMILL STOPS AUTOMATICALLY?
WHICH MATERIALS ARE USED ?
The frame of the desk, all interior moving parts and the chassis of the treadmill are made of industry-grade steel, which provides maximum stability. The side panels, the slats and the desk are made of FSC-certified, locally sourced beechwood.
CAN I RUN AT THE TREADMILL DESK?
While it would be technically possible to run, we believe that the optimal walking speed is rather slow. Somewhere around 1 to 2 km/h.
CAN I TRACK THE NUMBER OF STEPS?
Absolutely! To provide our users with the most accurate data and the most convenient setups, we started an exclusive partnership with GARMIN. You can track your data via an optionally available, integrated GARMIN display, which is set in the desktop, and via a wearable GARMIN device. We also offer customised solutions for integrating advanced tracking options within corporate health programmes of all sizes.
WILL I GET SWEATY?
No, you should not get sweaty while walking. You will be walking quite slowly with an average speed of 1-2 km/h. The purpose of a treadmill desk is not to provide an intense cardio workout but to keep your body active on a base level throughout the day.
IS THERE A POSSIBILITY TO REST OR SIT BETWEEN WALKING SESSIONS?
Yes, the Plus version comes with an integrated back rest. In the Ultimate version there are is also an integrated seat.
HOW LONG CAN I USE THE SYSTEM PER DAY?
Because it is recommended to keep sitting hours below 2 to 4 hours per day, you can use the treadmill desk all day long.
Order, Shipping, Maintenance and Warranty
HOW CAN I ORDER?
You can order via our webshop or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by call +49 9324 9817 406
IS THERE A WARRANTY?
All Walkolution products come with a 24 months warranty and a 30 days money back guarantee.
WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE DO I HAVE TO PERFORM MYSELF?
Usually, no maintenance is necessary.
HOW ARE WALKOLUTION PRODUCTS SHIPPED?
All WALKOLUTION products are shipped worldwide by freight or package, from our own manufacturing and logistics center in Germany to most countries in the world.
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