Exercise Desk Use on the Rise

Companies reporting increased sales

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A growing numbers of Americans are using stand-up desks, treadmill desks, and other moving workstations throughout the day, the Associated Press reports. Sales of exercise workstations have skyrocketed in recent years, with some companies seeing between a 25- and 300- percent increase.

Over the last decade, a number of studies have shown that sitting can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It appears that even exercising three times a week may not fully cancel out the harm done.

"There's a glob of information that sitting is killing us," Dr. James Levine, and endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic told the Associated Press. "You're basically sitting yourself into a coffin."

Treadmill desks can range from $800 to $5,000 or more, with desk cycles starting at $150, and stand-up desks starting around $250.

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