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Sure, your chair looks innocent, but don’t be fooled! According to study after study, prolonged sitting can wreak havoc on your body and shorten your life.

Perhaps worst of all, you’re not off the hook just because you exercise. 

It’s called sitting disease and you don’t want to get it.

The Health Risks of Sitting

Scroll through to read about some of these risks.

Life Expectancy

Numerous studies have linked sedentary behavior to decreased life expectancy. As Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Martha Grogan explained: “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.”


That pudge over your belt is an early warning sign that diabetes might be in your future. Diabetes is a devastating chronic disease that can lead to blindness, amputations, and early death.

Blood Clots

Studies have shown that the risk of developing life-threatening blood clots is at least double for women who sit compared to women who are more active.


Prolonged sitting makes it more likely you will develop metabolic syndrome, likely leading to weight gain and other health problems associated with being overweight.


Studies have tied inactivity, and in some cases sitting specifically, to increased risk of developing colon and breast cancer. Again, some of these studies found higher cancer risks even for folks who exercised regularly.


The Benefits of Standing & Walking

Scroll through to read about some of the benefits.

Weight Loss

Burn 30,000 extra calories or 8 lbs of fat by standing for 3 hours of each workday for one year! Imagine the extra calorie burn by walking too? Walking just 60 minutes a day can equal to 33,600 calories burned resulting in 10 pounds of loss in one year.

Reduced Back Pain

Walking has been shown to help reduce back pain as much as expensive physical therapy regimes. Relief from back pain is a common theme we hear from Rebel Treadmill users.

Productivity, Focus, and Creativity

In one study, treadmill desk use improved employee productivity by 10% compared to working while sitting. Treadmill desk use can improve alertness and focus. In one study, doctors who reviewed scans while walking on a treadmill had a 10% higher accuracy rate of diagnosing lesions than doctors who were sitting.


Walking at a treadmill desk also has been shown to boost metabolism. When you sit, your metabolism plummets. But walking – even at the slow pace of a treadmill desk – can improve your body’s ability to process fats and sugars.

Live Longer

Research shows that when sitting for less than 3 hours a day, you can increase your life expectancy by 2 years. Walking the equivalent of 10 blocks a day reduces the risks of developing heart disease by 33%!

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