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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
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(Red Nova) ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Sitting at their desks is about the last thing workers would do in Dr. James Levine's office of the future. Instead of being sedentary in front of their computers, they'd stand. But instead of standing still, they'd walk on a treadmill. And instead of meeting around a conference table, they'd talk business while walking laps on a track...
"I hate going to the gym, which may be partly why I'm so interested in this," [Levine] said, keeping up a 1 mph pace on his treadmill while checking e-mail and fielding questions from a reporter.
This seems to be an ingenious idea, although it probably will not work if one is winded by walking half a mile. According to the reporter, by Levine "walking while he works" he burns up to 100 calories an hour (or 1000 a day if in a 10 hour shift). They are able to do all of this for half the price of setting up an office cubicle (a corporate domain many employee's loathe).
"It's great fun and it creates a whole positivity," he said during an interview while touring the walking track. "Partly because it's so new, but partly because it's nice to be moving."
The makeover was relatively cheap. Levine says the 10 workstations cost about $1,000 each - about half the cost of a cubicle - and remodeling the space cost about $5.50 per square foot.
Although peer pressure is required to move the "lazies" to start burning off their "extra fuel storage units," the principle behind this idea is encourage people to stay physically fit which overall will mean healthier lives. Although not every industry can afford to implement something like this (i.e., McDonald's, Banks, etc.) many corporations that use cubicles as "offices" may find this as a practical way of not only keeping people awake but also working harder as they are less likely to fidget and become distracted .
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