One of the biggest problems many people have with getting fit is finding time for it. It’s not easy to fit into some lifestyles. You have to make the choice to make time for it. A treadmill desk may be a help.
It’s not for everyone. Some people find it impossible to use a laptop on a treadmill desk even when they’re walking really slowly. This is very much a personal preference. But if you can get things going, you can get some low level walking done while you do other work on your laptop. You do need to walk slowly when you use a treadmill desk – otherwise your arms and hands will be moving too much to get anything done. I’ve seen people say that a half mile to a mile and a half per hour is a good range.
Choosing a Treadmill Desk
The first thing you need to consider with a treadmill desk is your treadmill, or the treadmill you’re planning to buy. The desk has to be compatible. You can of course make your own desk if you like, but there are some great models out there. The TrekDesk Treadmill Desk looks great, and has a lot of room for all the things you need for work. It also looks generally good in the reviews. It’s on the lower side of the price range for treadmill desks, so it may not be as sturdy as some, but it does have adjustable height, an important feature for comfort while you walk and work.
On the somewhat higher end is the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk. This one is more compact but also quite adjustable. The great part is that it comes with a treadmill, very nice for those who are looking for both the treadmill and the desk at once.
You can also go very simple and cheap and get the SurfShelf Treadmill Desk. This is a little shelf that attaches the the console of your treadmill, and can support your laptop. Simple, cheap, and generally effective. It includes a velcro strap so your laptop won’t fall off, very important if you value your computer. The one problem is that it may block some of the controls or readouts on your treadmill. This may or may not bother you.
A treadmill desk isn’t going to replace a more strenuous workout routine, but it’s a simple way to increase the amount of physical activity in your day. Get it set up right and give yourself some time to get used to it, and you might find that this is the right solution for you.