As a school teacher for 13 years I witnessed how much better kids learned when allowed to move. When I introduced stability balls and active seating solutions in my classrooms kids learned better and loved school more. So I founded WittFitt to help schools convert their classrooms to dynamic, movement-oriented environments. Having been active all my life and now being in the business of promoting movement in schools, sitting at a desk was not an option for me.
I invested in a standing desk and use stability balls and rocking stools throughout the day. However, many days my body asks for more so I bought an UnSit under desk treadmill to go with my stand up desk. The treadmill fit easily under my desk. The extra width allows me to reach everything on my desk without missing a step. The treadmill was pretty much plug and play out of the box, we only had to attach the emergency stop switch under the desk. Now I can walk and work at the same time and my body feels amazing. With each step I feel more energized than ever before!
My journey began six years ago. I was experiencing lower back pain when sitting for long periods of time. I upgraded my chair to an adjustable Aeron chair. My new chair was very comfortable, but my posture remained poor and pain returned to my lower back.
Around the same time, I read several articles about how “sitting was killing us” so I decided to “save myself” and with a new standing desk. Wow! What a positive difference standing made on my lower back pain, but after a while, I started feeling aches, pains and stiffness in other places. Getting up out of my chair helped but standing turned out to be only part of the solution. I was committed to working on my feet, but I needed to add some movement as standing felt static and my legs ached.
Coincidentally, my brother’s company, ActivEd had produced a new program called WalkAbouts, an active learning platform for schools. WalkAbouts was further proof of the positive physical and mental benefits of moving compared to sitting and it validated my thoughts about moving while working.
So I started researching under desk treadmills. I wanted a treadmill that was built for slow speed walking. To fit with my desk I needed a treadmill wider than a traditional treadmill and much shorter. I thought I’d never find what I needed, until I came across the UnSit. In my first week with the WALK-1 Under Desk Treadmill I averaged 5 miles a day and I can already tell how movement solves the downsides to standing. I can do everything I normally would do at my desk while walking. The iOS app is a great motivator as it tracks your progress. Rob and the entire UnSit company have been awesome to work with!
Director of Wealth Management, Evergreen|GaveKal
"I absolutely love my WALK-1 TREADMILL DESK, it has changed my entire mentality about going to work at the office. Within my job responsibilities, I'm fortunate that I'm able to pretty much work anywhere that has an internet connection. And, in the past, I strongly preferred working at my home office to eliminate distractions. Now, you can't keep me out of my office at work unless it's absolutely required.
"I feel more focused working on my treadmill desk. I have more energy throughout the day than I can ever remember having. And, if I'm too busy to work out, I'm certainly comforted by walking on the treadmill as much as possible.
"When I first purchased the WALK-1 I assumed there would still be tasks that required I sit to complete. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I can do everything that I need to accomplish throughout the day while walking. I can write thank you letters or even long and complex e-mails if necessary, walking hasn't hindered me in anyway. In fact, it's gotten to a point where co-workers are shocked to find me I sitting.
"I'm a true convert and an UnSitter for life.”
Lead User Experience Designer
I love my Unsit under desk treadmill. Since I added it under my Standing Desk my energy level, and degree of focus are better. I feel less sluggish at the end of a long day.
I'm now walking 4+ miles a day...WHILE WORKING and don’t even notice the miles going by.
I dedicated an Android tablet to use the UnSit App so it never has to disconnect. The stats motivate me to keep moving.
The best thing about the UnSit WALK-1 Treadmill is the form factor. I have a large desk with a two big monitors, and was worried I’d be stepping off the edge, but not with this treadmill. I have plenty of room to move around the whole width of my desk. I’ve even had co-workers walk side by side with me while working on a document together.
This is a game-changing product as far as I’m concerned.
Director of Construction, Pacific West Builders Inc.
Simi Valley, California
"I am a Construction Manager and was spending way too many hours sitting in my car and at my desk. I wanted a healthier lifestyle. I bought the WALK-1 TREADMILL DESK for my office here in Simi Valley and right away the impact was positive. I feel stronger, healthier, have more energy and I'm sharper in the afternoon. Instead of sitting at a desk 8 - 10 hours/day I am now standing or walking.
I like the UnSit App too. I found it super easy to use and it helps me stay motivated. I set small goals each day like 7,000 steps and get excited when I cross those thresholds. In addition to having more energy and not being tired at the end of these, I find I’m getting more work done. The WALK-1 platform dimensions fit into my office better than a traditional treadmill would. I’m very happy with it."
Chief Compliance Officer
"As a Marathon runner sitting at a desk all day can be detrimental to my flexibility and make it tough to increase my mileage (training for marathons). When I sit all day I end up tucking my legs under my chair and thus shortening my hamstrings. My habits at work were working against my desire to run better and left my back tight. I needed to do something to fix this behavior and a treadmill desk made perfect sense.
"Walking at 1.5mph doesn’t do much for my endurance but it does keep me up on my feet and in the optimum posture and thus improves my flexibility. Improved upright posture translates to longer stride lengths which translates to more strides per minute which translates to faster running times. In short, using the UnSit Treadmill Desk at work has improved my marathon times measurably.
"Any trick for Master Runners to steal back a little bit of our youth is well worth it, and a Treadmill Desk is certainly one of those tricks.
"In addition to improved flexibility, I concentrate on slow walking contractions and over time have built up muscles that I can not isolate while distance running. People looking to firm up their glutes (aka: butt muscles) should add slow treadmill walking to their routine."
Attorney at Law
Of Counsel at Duncan Firm, P.A.
"I have been practicing law for over a decade and spent too much of that time scrunched up in a chair. I searched unsuccessfully for the perfect chair but now I realize at the perfect chair is a treadmill.
"Full disclosure, I was retained by UnSit to help with some legal work. When I saw their product I insisted on having one. The large desk space allows me to spread out all of my work papers and electronic devices. The extra wide treadmill allows me access to everything on my desk without having to step off the treadmill platform. Now, instead of sitting, I’m WALKING six to eight hours per day.
"The result; I feel energized through out the day and find myself better at solving creative and mental problems when I’m up on my feet and walking.
"When faced with intensive research requiring multiple computer applications (like MS Word, Westlaw, Google Chrome); I often pull up a chair or sit on the couch with my iPad to provide a more stationary setup. But as soon as I’m done, I immediately go back to my UnSit Treadmill Desk.
"The UnSit App isn’t perfect yet but I do turn it on when I start my work day and make sure I walk at least 5,000 steps before taking my lunch break. Typically I can clear 10,000 steps in a day while writing and talking on the phone with clients.
"I consider my work station an investment not only in my law practice but also in my physical and mental health. Every professional who sits at a desk all day should invest in an UnSit Treadmill Desk."
Chief Technology Officer
"As Chief Technology Officer at Multi-Bank Securities I oversee five locations around the USA. When I noticed our Traders installing treadmills under their desks I knew I had to get involved. At first I thought these guys were crazy but soon learned walking at their desks (instead of sitting all day) gave them MORE energy and makes them sharper mentally. I decided to try it myself and bought a stand up desk. Soon I too had a treadmill under my desk and now I’m logging in over 8,000 steps per day.
"We decided to make under desk treadmills available company wide. We now have over 16 installed and looking at more. I chose the UnSit under desk treadmill because its shorter length doesn’t block the egress in our aisle ways (very important for emergency exiting in a busy office environment) and the wider treadmill allows our people to make use of the whole width of their desks without having to step up and down off the treadmill platform. I also like the redundant safety stop mechanisms.
"Some of our people did have difficulty connecting up the UnSit App but UnSit’s people were all over it and provided updates that have improved the situation.
"I highly recommend treadmill desks and the UnSit brand specifically."
Manager, Gunnar Peterson Fitness Center
"There’s nothing worse than having a “desk job” in a fitness center. It’s so hypocritical. I hated having to sit on my butt all day while our clients we’re working out. Sure, I got to work out too, but having to sit for hours while working felt horrible. Then my boss Gunnar Peterson bought an UnSit Treadmill Desk and suddenly I love being in the office as much as I love being in the gym.
"I make all of my phone calls, write all of my emails and do the client scheduling while walking. I still do cardio and weight training but the added walking on the Treadmill Desk has been so beneficial I’ve lost 12 pounds. Now I feel ok on the days that I can’t work out because I got in 10,000 plus steps. Its truly amazing. Sitting is so last year. I never want a sitting desk again..."
"I am a designer here at Unisource. The owner brought in the WALK-1 TREADMILL DESK for everyone to try. Only a few of us are using it so far. I have a fixed standing height desk and a stool for when I need to sit. When I am feeling tired I will transfer my laptop to the WALK-1 TREADMILL DESK and walk for a while. Which is awesome because I can continue my work and actually burn some calories at the same time.
"I draft a lot of floor plans in AutoCAD so I keep the speed at the lowest but can open it up to a fast walk when I am on the phone. I’d say I use it three of four days per week. It’s very quiet, treadmill is short but wide enough so I can use the whole width of the desk. Also there is an app that track your steps which you can sync to your Fitbit!"
Personal Trainer, gunnarpeterson.com
"I love this Treadmill Desk! Before, when I did my office work at a sitting desk, I would have to go outside on walking breaks to re-energize. If I didn’t I would get tired in the afternoon and doze off at my desk. But now I’m always up and moving at my desk. My circulation has improved, I’m sharper mentally and I’m getting more done. I’m burning more calories too which is an added bonus. These desks should be mandatory in all corporate office environments!"
Director of Sales, Trunk Club
"Keeping my Trunk Club clients looking sharp can be a lot of stress I’m on the phone and replying to emails all day. Nothing slows me down more then being stuck in a chair. When our CEO Bryan Spaly bought a WALK-1 TREADMILL DESK for our office here in Culver City California I was thrilled.
Not everyone in the office uses it but I’m on it a lot, replying to emails, returning phone calls, searching online for new ideas. I love that its wider and shorter and doesn’t look like a piece of gym equipment - it fits with our decor. While I still maintain a sitting desk, having a place to walk at work is indispensable to my lifestyle."
Founder & CEO, Desk Yogi
"I own Desk-yogi.com, an online program for helping people with desk jobs get some movement in their work day. I'm always trying new things and was searching for ways to get a break from sitting all day. I wanted a change of pace in my personal life as well. I was looking for something to help me get more movement in my work day. I chose the WALK-1 TREADMILL for my stand up desk because it looked cool and has a unique shape, much wider and shorter than a fitness treadmill. The width allows me to use my whole desk.
"I do wish it went faster and it is a bit noisy but does seem quieter than a treadmill in a gym. I like the App, it has a clean simple interface but I have had to re-launch it a few times to re-connect, but once up and running its motivating to see your step count.
"Since I was already using a standing desk, I didn’t have any trouble using the treadmill all day. I do pause and stand a lot and I take sitting breaks for lunch and to meet with people. I'd say I'm on it 80% of the day and sitting 20%."