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BELTSVILLE, MD, 9/30/11 - Research has linked sitting more than six hours a day with an increased risk of death, including one study published last year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, that showed sitting for long periods of time – whether at a desk, in the car or in front of the TV – raises this risk. The Healthy Back Store prides itself on its comfort solutions and ergonomic products, and is confident that its most recent product the Walkstation by Steelcase is the future of ergonomics and the answer to the sedentary office lifestyle.

The Healthy Back Store is excited to introduce the one-of-a-kind Walkstation by Steelcase, the surprisingly practical innovation, which combines a work desk with a low-speed treadmill, allowing the user to activate body and mind simultaneously. At a maximum speed of 2 mph the Walkstation lets you walk comfortably, burn calories, feel healthier and more energized, all while accomplishing the work you’d normally do while seated. More than an innovation in office space, the Walkstation represents an evolutionary step in ergonomics which entails that light movement is much more healthy for the body’s fitness and function than remaining in place. The key is that active behavior stimulates blood flow to your brain, keeping the user focused and performing at their best.

Steelcase calls it “the new movement in movement.” Their latest innovation is aligned with today’s approach to ergonomics, which is all about movement throughout the day. The Walkstation enables workers to walk at a normal pace and accomplish virtually any task they would normally handle while sedentary. Greg Matthews of Humana Inc said, “I wasn’t sure if I would be out of breath or whether it would impede my ability to interact on the phone, but it really doesn’t. Going only 2 mph it’s not really fast enough to work up a sweat or to leave you breathless.”

The technology within the Walkstation is built from intensive research and features a commercial grade treadmill that has a maximum speed of 2 mph, which is stimulating without being tiring or distracting. All adjustments for the table height, user weight and the treadmill speed are easily input on a stowable, touch pad digital controller. This same controller records and displays time, distance, speed, and calories burned. Safety features including a magnetic safety clip attach to the user and automatically shut off the treadmill if the magnetic connection is lost.

The Walkstation is designed to bring healthy habits to sedentary workers – while they are actually working. Movement has proven to increase brain function, mental abilities, reduce levels of anxiety and depression and is key to a longer and healthier life. The potential adverse health impact of prolonged sitting, which is something that we do on average for more than half of our day, is only just being realized. The research highlights the importance of considering prolonged sedentary time as a health risk that warrants explicit attention. The bottom line – regular physical activity is essential to protect cardiovascular health and products like the Walkstation at is one of the ways we can actively make a difference.

The Healthy Back Store is a specialty retailer that provides high-end comfort solutions and ergonomic products for back pain and other physical conditions. Healthy Back has 23 stores in 6 states across the United States and also sells through its website and call center, making it the largest privately owned back care retailer.