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2013-10-26 02:49:01 PM
$1500? How about a rodent wheel?
 
2013-10-26 02:49:02 PM
Actually its been shown that those who exercise or at least get up and move around every 30 minutes have higher productivity. So the ROI is great for a treadmill desk for a company.
 
2013-10-26 02:50:27 PM
Not sure what's silly about this.  Few guys at my company have them (homebuilt contraptions from a regular standing desk and a disassembled treadmill), and I think it's a great idea.  If the company supports it, and the alternative is 8+ hours sitting in a chair, why not?
 
2013-10-26 02:52:32 PM
Not sure why this got the silly tag, these have actually been around for quite a while. I don't think it would be practical as an all-day every-day thing, but I could see the advantage of being able to use the tread-desk for a couple hours each day. If I had the space (and extra cash), I would put one in the home office.
 
2013-10-26 03:02:53 PM
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2013-10-26 03:07:18 PM
Treadmill workstations already exist. You just have to have a really cool job.i4.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-26 03:10:59 PM
What's silly is that we sit at a desk 8 hours a day, then sit down in our cars to get home, then plop down on our couch and watch TV until we go to sleep.

Doctors are right when they say sitting is the new smoking.

If my boss gave me an option of getting a treadmill desk, I'd sign up immediately.
 
2013-10-26 03:13:29 PM

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: Not sure what's silly about this.  Few guys at my company have them (homebuilt contraptions from a regular standing desk and a disassembled treadmill), and I think it's a great idea.  If the company supports it, and the alternative is 8+ hours sitting in a chair, why not?


What Plants Crave: Not sure why this got the silly tag, these have actually been around for quite a while. I don't think it would be practical as an all-day every-day thing, but I could see the advantage of being able to use the tread-desk for a couple hours each day. If I had the space (and extra cash), I would put one in the home office.


My guess: Smitty is fat and bitter.
 
2013-10-26 03:19:11 PM
The treadmill desk seems overly complex to me.  Couldn't you save thousands of dollars, a bunch of electricity, and a lot of noise....by taking five minutes every 1-2 hours to walk up the stairs at a brisk pace?
 
2013-10-26 03:20:06 PM
What happens when one on't cross beams gone owt askew on't treddle?
 
2013-10-26 03:22:57 PM

Morchella: What happens when one on't cross beams gone owt askew on't treddle?


I imagine this is what typing on a treadmill looks like.
 
2013-10-26 03:27:22 PM
 
2013-10-26 03:34:31 PM
That looks unstable for typing, too much movement, but I would buy a exercise bike chair.
 
2013-10-26 03:37:22 PM

zvoidx: There are also bike pedals you can put under your desk:

 [ecx.images-amazon.com image 100x100]
http://www.amazon.com/DeskCycle-Desk-Exercise-Pedal-Exerciser/dp/B00 B1 VDNQA/ref=sr_1_3/180-0058689-4170079?ie=UTF8&qid=1382815434&sr=8-3&key words=desk+pedal



I wouldn't buy those, seems like they would push your chair back even if they did not move around under the desk themselves. But an exercise bike/chair, at a standing desk, if necessary, sounds like a good idea.
 
2013-10-26 03:44:06 PM
Hey fatty, why not ride a bike to work or walk instead of killing your workplace productivity by fiddling with one of these stupid contraptions?
 
2013-10-26 03:47:05 PM
I just went through two months of physical therapy for back and neck problems, which convinced my employer that I wasn't making up my pain.  They finally gave me a standing desk.  Hey presto - no more pain.  My physical therapist said that the worst thing you could do to your back is sit all day.

I would love a treadmill desk.
 
2013-10-26 04:03:34 PM
If you already have a standing desk, why not save 1500 dollars and just walk in place?
 
2013-10-26 04:20:35 PM
I don't want to smell my co-workers that much. However, I will be happy to join some of my female co-workers in the shower.
 
2013-10-26 04:25:37 PM
There are a fair number of treadmill desks at my workplace. Honestly I find it pretty weird but it seems to work for some people. More common is standing desks. Some people have motorized adjustable desks and switch positions during the day.

My strategy is to sit on my ass, but I'm fidgety and I drink a shiatload of water so I'm constantly getting up to go pee or  walk to the kitchen. I rarely sit for more than an hour at a time.
 
2013-10-26 04:26:48 PM

WeenerGord: zvoidx: There are also bike pedals you can put under your desk:

 [ecx.images-amazon.com image 100x100]
http://www.amazon.com/DeskCycle-Desk-Exercise-Pedal-Exerciser/dp/B00 B1 VDNQA/ref=sr_1_3/180-0058689-4170079?ie=UTF8&qid=1382815434&sr=8-3&key words=desk+pedal


I wouldn't buy those, seems like they would push your chair back even if they did not move around under the desk themselves. But an exercise bike/chair, at a standing desk, if necessary, sounds like a good idea.


I suppose it would work if you had the desk and pedal bike up against a wall.
 
2013-10-26 04:54:45 PM
I use a Standee standing desk platform at work, and I absolutely love it.  I feel better when I'm on my feet vice sitting in a chair for the work day, and would totally opt for a treadmill desk if possible.
 
2013-10-26 05:06:16 PM

zvoidx: There are also bike pedals you can put under your desk:

 [ecx.images-amazon.com image 100x100]
http://www.amazon.com/DeskCycle-Desk-Exercise-Pedal-Exerciser/dp/B00 B1 VDNQA/ref=sr_1_3/180-0058689-4170079?ie=UTF8&qid=1382815434&sr=8-3&key words=desk+pedal


Jesus, you can buy a cheap bike for not much more than that.
 
2013-10-26 05:15:11 PM
My wife has treadmill desks at her job and she loves them.  I just converted my desk at work to a standing desk because sitting for long stretches is just plain unhealthy.
 
2013-10-26 05:24:28 PM
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2013-10-26 05:56:11 PM

Martonio: What's silly is that we sit at a desk 8 hours a day, then sit down in our cars to get home, then plop down on our couch and watch TV until we go to sleep.

Doctors are right when they say sitting is the new smoking.

If my boss gave me an option of getting a treadmill desk, I'd sign up immediately.


I bought a Swopper stool to use at work a few years ago. It's not a treadmill desk, but it solved a lot of the slouching related problems that I was having.

I'd definitely try a treadmill desk. But in the long-term I'd rather just not have a 100% sit-down job.
 
2013-10-26 06:04:46 PM
This is great and all unless you have a job that requires fine motor control and/or intense concentration, like engineering where you're doing calculations, 3D modeling, running simulation software, etc.
 
2013-10-26 06:47:55 PM
I tried to set up a treadmill desk at work, but the higher-ups were worried about noise. Apparently someone else had tried it before and caused problems on the floor below. What are good ways to deal with this?
 
2013-10-26 08:47:10 PM

KidKorporate: This is great and all unless you have a job that requires fine motor control and/or intense concentration, like engineering where you're doing calculations, 3D modeling, running simulation software, etc.


I can see it not being OK for CAD work, but engineering on a treadmill would be no problem for me. But then again I'm a pacer - I'll often hit the stairwell when chewing on a problem and not turn around until I have the analysis methodology read to jam into Excel.
 
2013-10-26 08:51:13 PM

zvoidx: WeenerGord: zvoidx: There are also bike pedals you can put under your desk:

 [ecx.images-amazon.com image 100x100]
http://www.amazon.com/DeskCycle-Desk-Exercise-Pedal-Exerciser/dp/B00 B1 VDNQA/ref=sr_1_3/180-0058689-4170079?ie=UTF8&qid=1382815434&sr=8-3&key words=desk+pedal

I wouldn't buy those, seems like they would push your chair back even if they did not move around under the desk themselves. But an exercise bike/chair, at a standing desk, if necessary, sounds like a good idea.

I suppose it would work if you had the desk and pedal bike up against a wall.



How does that stop your wheeled desk chair from being pushed back away from the desk while you awkwardly try to pedal a separate contraption under the desk?

We already have stationary bikes. Just put a saddle and pedals on a wheeled chair platform, maybe with arm and back rests, and use it as a computer chair, at a taller desk if need be. I can't be the only one to have thought of this. Those little pedal contraptions are a cheap excuse for a real bike/chair.
 
2013-10-26 09:18:36 PM

WeenerGord: zvoidx: WeenerGord: zvoidx: There are also bike pedals you can put under your desk:

 [ecx.images-amazon.com image 100x100]
http://www.amazon.com/DeskCycle-Desk-Exercise-Pedal-Exerciser/dp/B00 B1 VDNQA/ref=sr_1_3/180-0058689-4170079?ie=UTF8&qid=1382815434&sr=8-3&key words=desk+pedal

I wouldn't buy those, seems like they would push your chair back even if they did not move around under the desk themselves. But an exercise bike/chair, at a standing desk, if necessary, sounds like a good idea.

I suppose it would work if you had the desk and pedal bike up against a wall.


How does that stop your wheeled desk chair from being pushed back away from the desk while you awkwardly try to pedal a separate contraption under the desk?

We already have stationary bikes. Just put a saddle and pedals on a wheeled chair platform, maybe with arm and back rests, and use it as a computer chair, at a taller desk if need be. I can't be the only one to have thought of this. Those little pedal contraptions are a cheap excuse for a real bike/chair.


The idea is to be able to pedal while working at desk.

That particular model is listed as "23 pounds"...so, if with a chair with no wheels it should be able to stay put.
/I am no expert, just thought to post it in thread
 
2013-10-26 09:25:26 PM
We have two treadmill desks at work, shared 30 minutes at a time by about 30 of our 100 staff.  They're incredibly popular among those who use them.  The cost might be high for one person, but as a shared resource it isn't bad, and the increased productivity probably pays for them since the people who use them would take a break to walk a bit anyway.  BTW, they go at a slow walk; you can read and type at normal speed.

Whoever gave it a "silly" tag has never used one, and doesn't have back or leg problems from sitting all day.
 
2013-10-26 09:30:50 PM
We got a push up game at work.  Every hour everyone drops, and the men do 20 push ups and the females knock out 10 man push ups.  Elevator is off limits (we work on 3rd floor), and at any point in time you can challenge someone to see who can do the most.

Overall the morale has improved.  Man was not meant to sit behind a desk
 
2013-10-26 11:10:34 PM

Millennium: I tried to set up a treadmill desk at work, but the higher-ups were worried about noise. Apparently someone else had tried it before and caused problems on the floor below. What are good ways to deal with this?


Treadmill desks are extremely quiet. You do a slow walk on them at most, as I understand it. The guy in the office next to mine had one for about a year and I never once heard it. I heard his conversations and his music (I hated that farking guy) but I never once heard the treadmill.

If you run on a treadmill, it will shake the building and the pounding is very loud, but a slow walk on a proper treadmill desk is whisper quiet.
 
2013-10-26 11:26:31 PM

Jument: Millennium: I tried to set up a treadmill desk at work, but the higher-ups were worried about noise. Apparently someone else had tried it before and caused problems on the floor below. What are good ways to deal with this?

Treadmill desks are extremely quiet. You do a slow walk on them at most, as I understand it. The guy in the office next to mine had one for about a year and I never once heard it. I heard his conversations and his music (I hated that farking guy) but I never once heard the treadmill.

If you run on a treadmill, it will shake the building and the pounding is very loud, but a slow walk on a proper treadmill desk is whisper quiet.


Are they quiet enough for cubicles?  I use a standing desk at work, would like to add a treadmill, but don't want to distract my coworkers.
 
2013-10-27 01:17:23 AM

Autistic Hiker: Jument: Millennium: I tried to set up a treadmill desk at work, but the higher-ups were worried about noise. Apparently someone else had tried it before and caused problems on the floor below. What are good ways to deal with this?

Treadmill desks are extremely quiet. You do a slow walk on them at most, as I understand it. The guy in the office next to mine had one for about a year and I never once heard it. I heard his conversations and his music (I hated that farking guy) but I never once heard the treadmill.

If you run on a treadmill, it will shake the building and the pounding is very loud, but a slow walk on a proper treadmill desk is whisper quiet.

Are they quiet enough for cubicles?  I use a standing desk at work, would like to add a treadmill, but don't want to distract my coworkers.


Sorry, nothing is quiet enough for cubicles. You can't even whisper without disturbing your neighbors, so even if it's whisper-quiet I would say its a bad idea.

/not a fan of open workspaces
 
2013-10-27 03:17:03 AM
I work from home mostly and got one of these (treaddesk) this summer. It's awesome actually, especially since I was able to get a powered treadmill for free from a friend who wasn't using it but for a coat rack.
 
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