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Employees Walk While Working at Local Law Firm

A couple of lawyers at a downtown Cincinnati law firm are using treadmill desks to get a little extra exercise and put a little kick in their work day.

Mary Rust and another lawyer at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister got the desks a few months ago. The treadmills are equipped with desk space for a computer and files. Rust jumps on the treadmill daily.

"I have a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse that I move over here from my sitting desk and I start corresponding by email and drafting documents that are on the computer," Rust said.

She added with a laugh, "I understand from my legal assistant that my penmanship is not quite as good when I'm editing on the walking desk."

Rust says she has walked as long as four hours while editing documents and taking part in conference calls. She averages about 2.5 miles per hour.

"I think it keeps you from having an aching back at the end of the day. It keeps the blood flowing. I think youre fresher."

Rust said she read about the treadmill desks a couple of years ago. She is fit and runs every morning before work and works out with a trainer once a week. She feels walking while she works makes her more productive.

"It doesn't really take much thought to do the walking part. I mean you can still really focus on the intellectual side of what you're doing without compromising your efficiency or thought process."

After Rust and one of her partners got their treadmill desks, word about them spread and they've generated a lot of interest. Rust said some at the firm thought the desks were odd, but others liked them.

The firm has purchased two desks and placed them in a communal area for everyone to enjoy.

More and more, Rust's traditional desk sits empty as she opts to walk.

"It's just such a satisfying work day. I've gotten a little bit of walking in, I got a lot of work done. It's just such a feel good thing."

According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have linked prolonged sitting to obesity and other health problems.

The desks range in price from $1,800 to $3,000.




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