Treadmill work station at Methodist keeps employees "more focused"

By Joe Bennett

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- It may not look like it based on the photo, but Doctor Joan Golemon is actually on the job.

She is a physician at Methodist Family Medical Center testing the affects of exercising at work.

"We've looked at weight loss, blood pressure, some of those parameters just to see if it's made a difference, but I think miles walked is going to be the biggest factor that you're going to see," Dr. Golemon says.

The treadmill work desk follows a national health initiative of walking 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy.

You can even burn off calories immediately after a lunch break.

Dr. Golemon says physicians have noticed walking on the clock has actually made them feel more motivated after eating.

"It helps your mood, and it helps your sleep, energy levels, weight, blood pressure, all kinds of these benefits," according to Dr. Tom Golemon.

He is Doctor Joan's co-worker and husband.

He calls the treadmill fun, sometimes walking and working for four hour blocks.

"But you're going to type a little bit, you're going to stop, go see patients as individuals, so about maybe ten minutes at one stretch is all you're going to get," he says.

After weighing the health benefits, work productivity and cost of the treadmills the doctors say they could be implemented throughout Methodist Medical Center.

If that is the case it is recommended that employees walk, don't run, in order to stay more focused.

"I actually haven't tested how far up it goes," Joan Golemon says with a smile. "But it will adjust to whatever pace you want to walk."

The desk is also adjustable, so employees can stride comfortably as they get paid to exercise... sort of.

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