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More Companies Buying Treadmill Desks for Employees

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As managing partner of a law firm, Keelin Kavanagh was often spending 15 hours a day at her desk. So last year, she got a new one. "You can almost do anything while walking at the one mile per hour pace."

Kavanagh spent $1,500 on a desk treadmill. She reads, emails and talks on the phone, walking between one and two and a half miles an hour.

Cardiologist Alan Rozanski says it's critical to get up from the office chair. "Sitting all day, getting no physical activity is equilvalent to smoking. It's that big of a risk."

He uses a pedometer to count his own steps and says most of us should do the same because inactivity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Those warnings are creating more demand for tools like treadmill desks.

Lifespan says sales have tripled in the last year, to customers including Google and Nike. Kavanagh bought a second one for employees like Naira Gorovits to share. "It was very difficult to sit all day and I knew it was not good for my body. I just knew it."

She says walking keeps her fit and focused which is why doctors insist, with or without a treadmill, it's worth going the extra mile.

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