Wednesday, February 26, 2014

F@$%! China Made Treadmill Desks

Yeah, I said it, and I'm naming names.

China Products

We've all been to Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, and picked up the $40 "study desk" that comes in a tiny box.  When you go skipping out of there with your "desk in a box", and it's so light you can throw it in the back of your Sion with one hand. You get home and open it up to find 148 pieces with 300 hundred screws, and those little stickers with letter A, B, C.  An hour later, your sweating, Your using a 2" half allen wrench, half screw driver.  (An amazing invention until the phillips end is digging into your palm.  You've already chipped off several pieces of crappy veneer that they heat shrunk onto some sweet particle board that falls apart like a screwing into a piece of toast.

Finally, the "study desk" is complete!  So what if that corner is chipped, the drawer doesn't open smoothly, and you have a few parts left over...  (Sarcasm..)

Well, the world of the height adjustable desks, standing desks, and treadmill desks is no different.

Rebel Desk pops on the scene this year and makes a big splash by going straight to Shanghai and importing the cheapest crank desk possible to pair up with there Treadmill that was built in the same factory in Ningbo, China.

REBEL DESK AND GEEK DESKS 

Be a Rebel, and don't buy one.

Here are the actual photos of the factory where your "Rebel Desk", and "Geek Desks" are coming from.  There's also a site called WalkingWhileworking.com who claims to have "Unbiased reviews of Treadmill Desks, but it looks to me like they are also on the MEARSK importing ship coming straight from Japan where they buy the cheapest desk possible, and try to sell you on the fact that it's one of their 5 star products.  It's nothing but a sham, and I encourage you to tell me otherwise.





Hard Working Americans

As an American who works there tail off every day to support our economy, why would you consider buying a product coming from this factory, when there are better choices out there coming from companies like Signature Treadmill Desks, SMARTdesks, and TreadmillDesk.com.

Unfortunately, Staples, and Office Depot have made it so easy to buy a crappy furniture product, that many of us haven't seen a nicely handcrafted product in a while.  Our office are filled with this type of china made garbage and it's time we say enough is enough!  While our society is stuck sitting in these chairs from china, if we're going to stand up for our bodies, it's also time that we stand up to china importing companies who are exploiting these factories to make a quick buck.

Here comes the Trek Desk, Geek Desk, Rebel Desks, Human Solution, and the Ergoprise Desks..


TREK DESK - What a Joke.

Congratulations Trek Desk, you've imported a plastic card table from China, and called it a treadmill desk.  Really?  Let's get smarter than this as a country and fight back.  The Trek Desk is folded up in a little box with a nice picture on the front.

Buy USA


When you buy an adjustable height desk from the USA, your supporting your neighbors.  Your supporting the guy that you know who owns the local coffee shop.  Your supporting the guy the friend of yours that's a truck driver.  Your supporting the creative designers of America who have gone to school here, learned a trade and applied it to an industry to help our culture.  

Handcrafted Walnut Finish for Executive Treadmill Desk by Signature

Your supporting artists who can handcraft a piece of furniture right here in the heart of America.  Want a height adjustable desk, look into Signature Treadmill Desks.  Signature is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  They not only design every desk with in house designers, but they all the parts used come from local manufacturers from the aluminum to wood.

Do you agree or disagree?  I want to hear your comments!





Thursday, January 30, 2014

Is sitting the new smoking?

Sitting, the New Smoking

In the year 2014 we keep our kids away from harmful things like cigarette smoke as it's known to cause major health problems leading to lung cancer and death.


I remember a few years ago we used to tell Grandpa that smoking was bad for him, and he would laugh and say, "I've been smoking for 50 years, and I'm still stronger than you".

Of course, when he first began smoking, everyone smoked.  There may have been warning signs that it would eventually lead to cancer and an early death, but it wasn't anything immediate or visible.

He smoked for 50 years and he eventually died from lung cancer.  He could have spent more time with his kids, grandkids, and could have met his great grandkids, but he never got the chance.

Almost all of us have a similar story of a relative who smoked for their entire life knowing that the risks involved, but because it wasn't immediately hurting them, they continue to do it.

Now when the doctor tells them, "you have Emphysema, and if you don't quit your going to die." That's when it hits home, and by then it's usually too late.



Times have changed.  We as parents are teaching our children that smoking is bad because we have all seen the effects.  I believe that our kids will be teach their children that sitting too much is bad because unfortunately they will have seen the effect that sitting had on their parents.

In 2045, instead of saying your dad worked in a factory and smoked all day and now he's paying for it, they'll be saying my dad spent all day at a sitting at his desk and now he's paying for it.


According the American Heart Association, walking 10,000 steps a day can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 90% and the risk of a stroke by 70%.

What can we do?

It's time to get up out of that chair.  Many of us are stuck to the computer like glue all day because we have stay up to date with our email and phone calls.

Get up from your chair when you get a call on your cell phone.  Take a walk as you talk for 15 minutes.  Then you can come back to your chair and sit again.  If you take breaks often, you'll reduce your risks for these diseases and illnesses.

The next level is to get an adjustable height desk that allows you to both sit, and stand at your desk which at least gets your blood flowing a bit more.  Standing naturally keeps your muscles more tense and active than sitting.  There are several ways to get started standing, and some people just simply stack boxes on top of each other to elevate their monitor and be able to stand at their desk.  Unfortunately, those options look unprofessional, so if you need a more polished look, check these sit to stand options.

Finally, the ultimate way to stay in shape, keep active, and get your mind on track while stuck at your desk is to add a treadmill.  You can easily add a walking treadmill or get an entire treadmill desk to add to your current desk.  This treadmill desk option lets you walk and type at the same time.

Whatever option you choose, do something different because 8 hours at a desk plus your commute and time spent on the couch, your probably sitting about 12, out of the 16 hours that you're awake.  It's an alarming amount of time.





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Treadmill Desk = Happy Me! But, I thought a Treadmill Desk was only for overweight people?

My Treadmill Desk Experience

The common misconception with the idea of a Treadmill Desk or walking workstation is that you have to be some kind of massively overweight person who is so lazy that they have to be shoved onto a treadmill at their desk. This couldn't be further from the truth. Many times, when I mention my treadmill desk, people wonder if I was obese at point, or wonder why I would need one because I'm already too skinny as it is. The treadmill desk wasn't built to be some magical weight loss obsession. The Surgeon General recommends walking 10,000 steps a day. If you've ever tried to use a pedometer and measured your steps, you'll quickly realize that 10,000 is whole heck of a lot. I'm a very active person after work with my kids, and sports, so I figured 10,000 must be easy. I was only hitting about 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day. That's only a fraction of what the surgeon general recommends.

I then moved to the treadmill desk. I began walking about 3,000 steps in an hour!

Quite a big difference! I started off by only doing about 2 hours a day on the it, which easily got me to 10,000 steps in a full day.

My Treadmill Desk Notes

I just felt good.
Work flowed.
Energy was up.
I felt like I smiled more.
Over time, I noticed I was getting more done.




The bottom line is that the treadmill desk was having a greater impact on my mind and body than just weight loss. I did notice that my weight dropped a bit over the first month, and if I was a little heavier, it probably would have been a significant change.

The experience of walking and working is for everyone. Don't get stuck on the idea that it's only for weight loss. It really takes you to a new place in your working environment that I had never been. It has been an inspiring experiment that will have to continue on because I'm not getting rid of this thing.

Shadow Height Adjustable Desk with Treadmill