Should I Buy A Treadmill Desk?

Treadmill Running


By Simon Gould

Treadmills are great for exercise but we have a limited amount of time in our day. The most time we seem to spend in our lives is working. How can we incorporate the two together so we're exercising as we're working. Well that has been thought of and the way you can do it is with treadmill desks. You can get some fitness in your day and lose weight all the while you're working.

The CDC says brisk walking is moderate physical activity and that we should do 2 hours and 30 minutes of it per week. That means we should do 30 minutes per day for 5 days a week which could be the working days of the week if you like. So what better way to accomplish this than by brisk walking while you're working by using a treadmill desk.

The advantages of treadmill desks

If you only need 30 minutes of brisk walking per day while you're working during the week then this is easy. Working while walking on a treadmill takes a little bit of practise but you'll get used to it. If you're looking to lose weight and burn calories then this is ideal because you can spend more time doing it because you're working for 8 hours or so.

You see some offices have treadmill desks among normal sit down desks. This gives the worker the choice of getting some exercise while they work or not. Getting people to think about their fitness and the fact that the company cares about their staff is a good thing. People are more likely to be productive and show up if the company they work for cares about their well being.

The disadvantages of treadmill desks

If you have one at home you're a bit restricted. You either set them up for walking and working and you can't run on them. There is no console or hand rails and no sign of a safety key. Running is a fantastic way to get fit and lose more weight and you can't do it when there's a treadmill desk attached, you certainly can't work while running. You're moving up and down too much to focus on something.

With many of the cheap treadmill desks we've seen you have no console or read out of your progress at all. There's nothing to tell you how long you've been walking and your distance. When I workout I like some stats to tell me how I'm doing during and afterward. Running is a natural exercise to do when you can walk briskly for a period of time. You evolve and exercise more intensively.


If you're convinced and you'd like treadmill desks for your home or office then the standard leader in treadmill desks of all sizes and types is probably Lifespan Fitness. They've been making treadmill desks for a long time and by the looks of it, that's all they do. They're rated highly by the Better Business Bureau so they should be good to deal with.

Personally treadmill desks are something I probably wouldn't recommend for the home unless you can afford a normal treadmill as well. To cut out running as part of your health and fitness is too great a sacrifice in my opinion. For the office I think they're great and an employee would enjoy working if they can get fit at the same time. It does seem strange that in our modern age we combine work with exercise but if that's what you want to do then it's up to you.

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Meet The Author

Simon Gould

I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.

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