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Treadmill Desks - Get a Walk Station Workout

Updated on December 10, 2015

Treadmill desks, or walk stations were built with the average office worker mind. Next to the consumption of unhealthy foods, sedentary lifestyles are to blame for the growing problem of obesity and heart disease. The tread desk makes it possible to get in a walking workout while busy on the computer. Companies and corporations are buying up standing or walking desks in an effort to curb health insurance costs. Employers and employees alike are reporting lower health care costs, weight loss, and an increase in productivity.

Studies Show these Desks Improve Productivity

When I first heard of the treadmill desk, I thought it was a nutty idea. How could a person possibly concentrate on computer work while walking? Well, it must work, because according to reviews and studies, most workers who use it experience an increase in energy and productivity. I suspect the increase is most evident in workers who have a “kinesthetic” learning style – that is, those who learn and think best while doing something active. Of course, I’m not a scientist, but as a kinesthetic learner/producer, I can see how walking on a treadmill while working could boost my productivity.

Staying Fit on the Job

Walking on break? Why not walk while you work, with a treadmill desk?
Walking on break? Why not walk while you work, with a treadmill desk? | Source

Walk at Work and Lose Weight

Okay. This is a no-brainer. When you are active, you burn more calories. Still, when most people exercise, they do so for half an hour to an hour at a time. When walking is incorporated with working, the pace is a bit slower, but most walk longer. If you are capable of walking 7 to 8 hours a day while you work, there is no reason why you shouldn’t. However, you don't have to go that far to see benefits. The Mayo Clinic reports that walking at the typical “walk and work” pace for two to three hours a day can help a person lose as much as 66 pounds. Employers love walk stations because of the drop in obesity-related health problems. Employees love the them because they are not only losing weight at work, they are feeling better and updating their wardrobes.

Alternatives to Buying a Treadmill Workstation

SurfShelf Treadmill Desk: Laptop and iPad Holder
SurfShelf Treadmill Desk: Laptop and iPad Holder

The SurfShelf will hold your laptop and it fits on most treadmills.


Cost of a Walking Work Station

A tread desk may cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. On the low end, it can be compared to the average cost of a treadmill. However, if you are a DIYer and already have the equipment, you can make your own with your own supplies, or purchase a kit to transform your treadmill into a tread desk.

Other Ways to Boost Productivity

Just Move

As I mentioned before, I am a kinesthetic learner and producer. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I circled around my driveway at home when trying to memorize large amounts of information. My friend’s daughter used to stand on her head while reciting her multiplication tables and hit a tether ball while practicing her spelling words. Kinesthetic-types are everywhere. Do you do your best work while moving?

Obviously, if your job involves sitting at a desk, then pacing in circles, standing on your head, and hitting balls just isn’t going to work for you. If you cannot incorporate a treadmill desk, try to be active for a few minutes every hour. I have found that taking a brisk, five to ten minute walk every hour helps me get more done in that hour than I normally do when I work for 60 minutes straight.

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    • Joyce F profile image

      Joyce F 7 years ago from USA

      I first saw a treadmill desk several years ago and have wanted one since. But not being the imaginative person I never thought about building a desk on an existing treadmill. How very smart. Thanks for this 'get fit while you work' inspiration.

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      You inspired me, Info. Check out my latest hub :)

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      Info Bucket 7 years ago from Kerala, India

      I don't wanna lose my weight, any way to gain it??

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Cajun and CB - :) will look that up!

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Love that idea, Mickey Dee! I can see more research coming on... :)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      This is a great idea but a better idea, for many anyway, would be a high quality, smooth, bicycle-exercycle. there would be no jarring motions as one gets while walking or jogging. The rider/worker would be smoother and would have more visibility. Many would like both styles.

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      CBraunschweig 7 years ago

      I like the idea of powering the computer with the treadmill.

      I think the health club using treadmill power is somewhere near Los Angeles.

      Great heads up and equally great hub.

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      John David LeCoq 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Hey SEO IT! Man, this would kill me. I'd have to take a nap after my workout and I'd get fired!! I did see where at some health club the club uses the energy generated from people using the machines to power the place. But I don't remember where that was. A great hub.

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Next, they need to figure out how to power the computer by walking on the treadmill :) THAT would some real innovation.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      What ever will they think of next? Thank you for your super hub.

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      Sassypoetic 7 years ago from Katy,Texas

      I love the treadmill.. It really does the body good. Thank you for the information.. Exercise should be a daily activity of every person life.