Treadmill Desks – Get Fit While You Work?

With ever increasing demands on worker productivity, more and more employees are bringing home work from the office. It seems there’s a never ending juggling of tasks to get everything done, and inevitably, something important slips through the cracks.

One of the most common elements to fall by the wayside is keeping physically fit and carving out enough time to get in a good workout. And while time demands don’t figure to decrease for anyone any time soon, there is a new concept recently introduced to help combine productivity and fitness. This new innovation is the treadmill desk.

What Is A Treadmill Desk?

As the name suggests, It is a combination of a desk and a treadmill. However, the two parts are very distinct. The desk is designed to fit around your treadmill, and since it’s not attached, there are no issues with treadmill vibration disrupting items on the desk. To get a mental image, picture a drop down tray in front of your airline seat, you’ll understand the concept. These desks are designed so you can complete just about any task you can perform at a standard workstation.

The difference, of course, is the desk surface flanks a treadmill, allowing you to walk while working. Multi tasking at its finest!

Treadmill Desk Features

Just like a normal desk, there are accessory trays for all the smaller things, like pencils, post it notes, and so on. There’s a built in document holder so you can read whatever you like, and a height adjustment mechanism to allow for proper ergonomics.

The desktop space is just as large as a normal desk, about six feet by three feet. There’s ample room for a personal computer. Just as importantly, the desk is designed to allow easy access to the treadmill controls.

You’ll also find all sorts of additional features, like a telephone stand, cup holder, and file tray. It folds up when not in use and can actually be used as a stand alone desk if you become sick of your treadmill. The desk is not terribly heavy; it weighs about 50 pounds.

Some companies use treadmill desks in their workout facilities, but for the most part they are for home use. They’re very sturdy, with a capacity load of 60 pounds, and plenty of room for a standard personal computer or laptop. So, if your work gets in the way of your workouts or vice versa, you now have the perfect solution!



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