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The Standing Desk Treadmill, Treadmill Desk, Bike Desk, and Other Crazy but Unique Exercising Workstation Ideas
Have you heard of the Standing Desk? If you work at a desk all day, you’ll love this concept.
Mostly it’s what it claims to be: a Standing desk system attached to a Treadmill allowing you to stroll while working.
Before you go nuts against the idea, here are some interesting facts about using a Treadmill Desk. Did You Know:
1. According to Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, just walking 1 mile per hour you’ll burn an extra 100 calories in that hour. So imagine how that can add up after a full day’s work.
2. Dr. Levine also surmised that a slow walk on a Treadmill desk could help a person lose over 50lbs in a year, (assuming they maintain a healthy balance of eating of course).
3. Corporations value the benefits of a healthier team of people as evidenced by the many Fortune 500 Companies who have already implemented their use for several years now; A few of these companies are, Best Buy, Humana, Mutual of Omaha and GlaxoSmithKline.
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Yes, I’ve Personally Tried A Treadmill Desk – We MacGyvered One.
However, rather than jumping in and making a considerable investment in a ‘store-bought treadmill desk,’ my husband turned our regular treadmill into a desk system. You can see what he did in the photo to the right.
He measured the angle of the treadmill arms on our treadmill and then cut two pieces of wood and attached them to the ends of the long flat surface that is the desk; then, he drilled holes in the wood and tie-wrapped them to the treadmill. That sucker didn’t move. The desktop was solid as a rock, with no vibrations whatsoever. I give my husband credit for securing it, so that wouldn’t happen!
We no longer have the treadmill as it was ready for the pasture. However, my next treadmill purchase will incorporate a desk system. If you currently have a treadmill like this, and someone in the house is handy, you could give this a test to see if it works for you.
Watching the above video, you hear from those who use a standing desk or treadmill desk and like it as I did. However, I have to say that it does take some time to get used to typing and walking. The way to do that is to set the speed very, very slow. Then as you get used to thinking, typing, and walking, you’ll be able to speed it up slightly. But I didn’t worry too much about the speed as it was the consistency of use that was most important to me and trying to stay on it for more extended periods.
The Benefits of the Treadmill Desk
You’ve probably heard the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation that we walk at least 10,000 steps every day. Step counters are trendy. You can wear one daily to track the number of steps you take.
Here are a few additional benefits to the Treadmill desk:
1. With a Standing Treadmill Desk you can easily accomplish 10,000 steps a day (that’s about 5 miles).
2. You can loose 1-3 pounds per week if you use this type of desk everyday.
3. Daily walking like this can help with your memory, your energy level, and your clarity of thought.
Another Option – The Treadmill Base Only, Put Your Desk Over It
My brother decided to go this route. He works from home, and his job is constant computer work, so he decided it was time to increase body movement while working just like I did!
However, he said after doing his research, this option worked best for him: It allowed him to buy a standing desk that had the type of surface space he needed. There are many standing desks to choose from; I’ve featured some of the more popular choices below.
This unit is a little cheaper than a standard treadmill; however, don’t forget to factor in the desk portion that you may have to spring for if you don’t already have a standing desk that would work. Standing desks can also be pricey, and by the time you add them to this unit, it can bring it close or more than a typical treadmill desk. But hey, if you can macgyver a workstation, you can save!
Don’t let price be your driving force (if you can help that). Choose what works best for the room in your home or office. A Treadmill Base Unit is compact and, of course, easy to hide away.
How About a Stationary Desk Bike?
Here’s another idea. You can add it to your office and give yourself a choice to stand and get exercise while you work.
Having tried this, I can say it’s easier to get used to this than using a treadmill while working. However, it depends on the space, money, and drive to get moving.
It’s not easy, no matter what tools we choose to encourage us to get off our duffs. We still have to get up and do the exercise. If the idea of standing and working doesn’t appeal to you, the bike desk is another option.
What’s not so good about this is the surface area; it’s only practical for a laptop, reading, or a little bit of paperwork. A complete desk system gives you the space you’ll need to spread your ‘work stuff’ out.
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Use it for sitting or standing – Easy to Add to Your Home Office Desk:
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