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Video: Walk While You Work: HPU Prof. Has A Treadmill At His Desk

  • Professor Daniel Tarara, a professor in the School of Health Sciences at High Point University, set up a treadmill desk in his office. Courtesy: High Point University.
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  • Professor Daniel Tarara, a professor in the School of Health Sciences at High Point University, set up a treadmill desk in his office. Courtesy: High Point University.
    

High Point, NC -- A new warning on living longer that doesn't include fatty foods.

This is not a story you want to sit down on .. because experts now say, the time you sit at your desk, at the airport and even in your car or at home could be harmful to your health.

According to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, that sitting less could lead to a longer life. If you cut the time you spend on the couch watching TV to less than two hours a day, it would add 1.4 year to overall life expectancy, the research found.

News 2 found a local health sciences teacher, who has changed his own work environment to increase his life expectancy.
Professor Daniel Tarara teaches at High Point University. He has a treadmill for an office desk.

"It started with an idea and I thought it would be fun to get away from sitting at a desk," said Professor Dan Tarara.
There's not much sitting in his office.

"Oh, you don't have a desk. You have a treadmill," said Tarara.

Since 2011, the Health Sciences Assistant Professor has been walking and standing at his treadmill desk. At his desk, he types, clicks and reads information with his Trek-Desk.

"What you are doing by using a treadmill workstation is elevating your body's metabolism."

Tarara said you can do it too. Even if you can't afford an office treadmill or don't have extra space.

"If you are sitting in a chair and you go from sitting to standing. You can burn an extra 20 calories and hour. It's really very easy and get up and just walking for 30 minutes a day."

Tarara claims that he burns an extra 100 calories per hour.

"It doesn't take a gym...it doesn't take fancy equipment. All you have to do is put your feet in front of you."

To read a related USA Today story, Click Here.

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