Hi Brad; thanks for your message. The treadmill I use, a ProForm Crosswalk LS, works very well as a treadmill desk but is definitely low end as a treadmill, if that makes sense. One of the issues is that it is pretty loud, and my office has a hardwood floor. So at Home Depot I bought a thick rubber mat that is actually called an "Anti-Fatigue Mat," which you sometimes see in restaurant kitchens. It wasn't super cheap, I think $20 for three feet by three feet, but it's so thick that the noise from the treadmill is reduced by 70% or more, I highly recommend it if your treadmill is noisy.
I've been aware of the treadmill trend for a few months now, but not by reading anything about in France! But I haven't got it set up yet, need to reorganise my desk space first, get my monitors up higher, install shelf to treadmill, etc.
So far everyone I've talked to about it here has been pretty shocked, swiftly followed by highly amused. I'll keep you posted.
I'm pretty sure it is. I'm a fan of long walks (or longer bike rides) anyway and I seem to think well when moving. Nothing's going to happen for close to a month, I'm sure, because it's going to be that long before the office is ready to go.
I'm on my walkstation as I write this. Yesterday I walked almost 5 miles and I only used the unit for about 4 hours. .
I think the walkstation is an expense, that if you can swing it, will pay off in spades over a few years. I didn't have the time to put one together because I'm too busy with my business and life in general.
As for liability issues, I don't really see any if you have worker comp and general liability insurance, if you own a business like I do.
If you find that you're eating more since you started with your treadmill desk, then you should take a look at what you're eating and how often. I find that 5-6 small meals throughout the day will keep me from binging. Also I measure everything and try to keep my caloric intake around 2400 cals.
Yeah. Right now I've got way more work than I have time, so I end up rolling out of bed, dressing, sitting down to a computer, and not getting up again except for meals, etc., until I go to bed. The last three days since building this thing, I've spent around 4 hours a day on the treadmill, which has really, positively affected my health already. The wife spends more time on it than I do, and my father is thinking about building one as well. I really think this idea has legs, if you'll pardon the pun...
Oh yeah! I'd almost forgotten about my forums. I do like the vBulletin format but I never managed to get the word out so they have languished in purgaroty.... I started them back up if you want to have an look at the shell.
It was very nice to wake up and find the message from you. Thanks. :)
You said it's important to make sure the deck is at least 50 inches long. Maybe this should be obvious, but just to make sure I'm understanding, I'll ask: I guess the *deck* must the part a person runs/walks on, right?
And there's more that I'd like to ask, but I don't want to take advantage, so maybe maybe first I should ask you this: Is it good for me to just continue this correspondence with you, or would you prefer that I open a new thread in the Forum area--or should I try to read some of the Forum threads first and see what I can learn that way?
The small pedal device is called a "pedal exerciser" for $40 at Walmart. It's like pedaling a tricycle - short pedal arms. It's quiet and lightweight, but no electronics - just a tension knob. For one with electronic tracking and better tension control, Brookstone has one for about $100. It's heavier, so it stays in place better. It's also very quiet.
My company would not allow such a thing in the office, so night and weekend walking will have to do for me, for now. Hopefully, someday I will be able to work from home on my accessories business full time, and then I'll walk all day!
Thanks for the warm welcome. We are not associated with Steelcase. Our connection is Dr. Jim Levine. He consults with Muve, Inc. on a regular basis. He and Steelcase worked together to build and launch the Walkstation. I do agree about the price point. If I had any influence I would get it lowered as well :-)
A meetup would be fun. Would be great if we could get Dr Levine to speak to the group and even show off some of the research tools he developed while researching NEAT. Lets keep this in mind for 09.
Yes, I work at Muve. Our weight loss program called the Gruve Solution is based on breakthrough research from Mayo Clinic. Dr. Levine found that sedentary lifestyles and work environments are the primary cause for the increase in obesity. Companies such as US Bank, Best Buy, and Mall of America are using the program and encouraging employees to increase their level of activity during the workday. As a result, they are seeing improvements in employee health biometrics and a reduction in obesity risk factors.
I was excited to find Office Walkers and happy to be a part of the group! At Muve we stand during meetings, have sit to stand workstations, rotate use of the walkstation and walk to lunch. We are truly Office Walkers!
Thanks, the pic of me is with my son who is in military school, not my husband who's been active duty almost 19 years. My two oldest sons want to commission when they finish college. And I'm extremely proud of ALL of them :)
Thanks for the welcome, my computer I use with my treadmill isn't a laptop, I agree it would not be the best, my laptop is next to the couch :).
Well, today is the 4th day working like this and I like it a lot! What a difference!
I work out of my home we have a reclaimed barn wood flooring manufacturing business. I made my desk top out of some solid reclaimed doug fir stair treads 12 " wide by 48" long and 2" thick, I just laid 3 of them on top of each other on the bars and I have a perfect desk top that even reflects my business!
I don't always have time to exercise like I want, so when my sister told me last Sunday I jumped on the idea, now I feel like I'm not such a bump on the log on those days! Thanks again for the welcome. Kim
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