Treadmill Desks

Posted on May 15, 2007  Comments (7)

Treadmill desks cut obesity

The participants were able to use the computer while walking without falling or injuring themselves. In fact, they enjoyed it so much, they wanted to keep the walking desks even after the study ended.

Findlay got the idea from Mayo Clinic researcher James Levin, a co-author of the BJSM study who has been touting the benefits of his walking desk for years.

I must admit I like to think this idea would be work, but am a bit skeptical. I did switch to a job a few years back where I really just sat at my desk all day and would get tired. Previously I had walked around a fair amount going to see people… Someone suggested that getting some activity at lunch would help me feel more energized. It worked. If nothing else walk around at lunch.

Well, most of us in the corporate world feel like rats on a treadmill, so we might as well make the figurative literal…

Great comment on the post. Many of the other comments state categorically this cannot work. I wonder why they think they know what will work for everyone? I am skeptical but that is not the same thing as being sure this can’t work – I think being open to testing out ideas (especially ones that already have studies that claim they work) is a good thing. I would love to try it out myself (though given my skepticism I wouldn’t want to pay up to buy the equipment 🙂 ).

Related: Regular Exercise Reduces Fatigue – Study, The energy expenditure of using a “walk-and-work” desk for office workers with obesity

7 Responses to “Treadmill Desks”

  1. Mark
    May 15th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    This is a great idea. I don’t think anybody would dispute that the standard cubicle hurts productivity more than it helps. Have you done any research into corporate wellness programs and their effect on productivity?

  2. Lisa
    May 16th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    Sounds very impractical to me. But who knows?

  3. Jay Buster
    June 25th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    I have a blog devoted to Treadmill Desk. Don’t miss the movies and slide shows.

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    March 2nd, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    “If fatigue hounds your days, a little exercise may shoo it away without leaving you drenched with sweat. So say University of Georgia researchers…”

  6. Sherman
    September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

    Treadmill desk work wonders at restoring energy during the day and getting you back to the shape nature intended (weight loss). There are a number of treadmill desks out there now but the one I like best is the TrekDesk.

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    January 6th, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    Fun video of cats enjoying a treadmill workout.

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