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How one Los Angeles attorney built his own treadmill desk and how walking while working has changed his life.

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Comment by L T Hanley on May 19, 2013 at 7:13am
Looks like you have the same treadmill I do and that you've a much better monitor mount solution. Could you share some more info about that specifically?
Comment by Jon Drucker on May 19, 2013 at 10:22pm

I removed the screws from the back of the control console, and got screws that were 3/4" longer. I then took a 3/4" piece of plywood, drilled holes for the screws, put glue on the back of the plywood and fastened the plywood to the back of the console using the new screws (and glue). I then attached a 2x4 to the plywood and screwed it into the monitor mounting holes at the right height for me.

Comment by Jon Drucker on May 24, 2013 at 12:30am

Forgot to add that I attached a 6" X 8" inch piece of plywood to the 2X4, and screwed thru that piece into the mounting holes on the monitor. So there's a total of 3 pieces of wood: the plate that screws into the back of console, the 2X4 that sits on top of the monitor and the 6X8 piece that screws into the holes on the back of the monitor.  

Comment by Steve W. on May 29, 2013 at 8:47pm

Jon

If I heard you correctly on your video you operate your treadmill at a 7.5% slope?  Well from what I understand you won't get that slope on any of the treadmill desk setups you can buy.  That is one advantage of making your own. 

I am assuming you are now able to keep the slope at a constant amount?  If not I would think it would be beneficial to have a desk where you can adjust the height. 

Wish I could walk at that slope. 

Comment by Jon Drucker on June 25, 2013 at 9:09pm

Steve, you are right about all the T-desk mfr's making treadmill that can't incline. I think that is a major deficiency of buying one of them. Think about it: Burn 100 calories an hour walking at 1.0 mph and zero incline (on a lightweight treadmill)-- or 300 calories an hour walking at 1.2 mph and a 7.5% incline (on a good but still less expensive treadmill). Btw, I now vary the speed and incline depending on how I'm feeling, the weather, the time of day, etc. I now start at 1.2 and 7.5%, then decrease the slope to 2% -- but sometimes also speed up the pace to 1.5 mph -- over the course of the day. Another great option with using your own treadmill (desk) in a home office: If you HAVE worked up a sweat (during particularly hot days with the windows open), you can finish the day with a 10 minute jog. My philosophy: Walk a lot; run a little.

Comment by Steve W. on June 26, 2013 at 5:35pm
You must be in good shape to be able to walk for a period of time at 7.5 % slope. Does that get your heart rate up into the exercise zone? Adding slope is one way to be able to work harder but still be able to do desk work at your treadmill.

One thing I didn't see with your setup was an adjustment to your desk. Wouldn't that created issues if you can't change your desk height with your changing the slope so much?
Comment by Jon Drucker on June 26, 2013 at 5:52pm

I don't think I'm in particularly good shape.  I do walk at a lower incline as Winter heads toward Summer. I don't think of it as  "exercise" per se, as I'm not sweating. My body just get a bit warm.

As for the height, I made a little wooden platform -- about 4"H x 12"D x 20"W -- to set the keyboard and mouse on -- to elevate my hands for typing and mousing. When I walk at inclines <6.0%, I just remove the box and place the keyboard and mouse directly on the desktop. It's a lot cheaper than getting a desk  with electric height adjustability!

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