Treadmill Desks: What They're Really Like
Health benefits greatly outweigh the occasional coffee spill
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 7:05 PM CDT
A customer uses a treadmill desk by TreadDesk.   (TreadDesk)

(Newser) – Sitting while reading this? That's too bad, because sitting for hours every day is known to be unhealthy and walking on a treadmill desk is quite a gas, writes Susan Orlean at the New Yorker. A treadmill desk, or "walking workstation," is simply a treadmill under a standing desk that runs at about a mile an hour, giving you moderate exercise while you work. Coffee-drinking "is a known hazard," Orlean admits, and walking too fast can make you gasp during phone calls and "lend the conversation a desperate quality." But she still loves walking while she works.

Plus she knows the downside: that even two hours of sitting can eventually weaken insulin effectiveness, leading to cancer, depression, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes, according to researchers. And sudden bursts of exercise at the gym won't counteract that. So treadmill desk companies like TreadDesk and TrekDesk are cropping up, corporations like Google and Aetna are offering them to workers, and people are making their own cheaply with old treadmills. The biggest problem with working on one? "The compulsion to announce constantly that you are working at a treadmill desk," writes Orlean. Click for her full article.

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DrMcBabe
May 16, 2013 7:56 PM CDT
I wrote my entire doctoral dissertation on a treadmill desk; and have not used my seated desk in over 3 years. The design I have has been patented and commercialized and is presently for sale online http://www.drmcbae.com for $79. This style treadmill desk is the only portable option available; it is NOT a piece of furniture; it handles vibrations better than other designs; and will adapt to most treadmills without obstructing access to the console such as with other after market designs.
Libris_Fidelis
May 14, 2013 5:09 PM CDT
You'll never get anywhere in your career using a treadmill desk... the boss will see you're just shuffling your feet in the same spot all the time!
Ultraworld
May 14, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Couldn't just go for a walk in the morning, then at night?