Common Misconceptions About Treadmill Desks
Here at Human Solution we are lucky to be able to use the products that we sell. That's why we are so darn good at conveying our message of ergonomic freedom to our customers! Even right now, I am typing this blog post on Goldtouch V2 Adjustable Keyboard, which sits atop a Humanscale 900 keyboard tray, which is connected to my UPLIFT 900 Standing Desk...to which I am chained for 8 hours a day. Our boss is pretty nice though; sometimes he even lets us use the bathroom.
These are pretty common products if you are into the ergo-game, and sit-to-stand desks are making their way toward a necessity in the workplace. However, I also have something that not is not quite as common around most offices. I have a LifeSpanTR800 desk treadmill to my left, just next to my chair so I can easily switch from sitting, to standing to walking whenever I wish.
Having a treadmill desk helps to burn more even more calories than standing and keep you active throughout the day as well. But as commonplace as treadmill desks are becoming, we still get a lot of questions from customers as well as friends and family when I mention my desk setup. Most people seem to have reservations about about their efficiency and general mechanics of how they work, so I would like to answer some common questions and dispel some misconceptions about desk treadmills:
It's a treadmill! How on Earth do you walk and work at the same time??
This isn't your typical gym treadmill. These guys are especially made for working at a desk and in a quiet, office environment. They start at 0.4 mph and max out 4 mph - so you aren't exactly going to be Speed Racer on your office-mates.
With all new things, this does take some time to get used to, about a week or so, but as you train your body to work and walk at the same time, it will become second nature.
Aren't they loud? I work in close proximity with other people.
These treadmills are built with whisper-quiet 2.0 HP DC motors. What does that mean? This ensures that the noise level is low enough that it won't interfere while you or anyone else is on the phone, or even generally disturb your co-workers.
Remember, you are walking not running. The majority of noise comes from the stepping of your feet. We suggest investing in, even leaving in your office, a pair of walking shoes. The large walking surface of the tread provides more than enough space to walk comfortably with style.
How much space do I need for a treadmill? Aren't they really big? I don't want to move it every time I want to sit.
The most common set up for a treadmill desk would be to have the treadmill on one side of your desk and a chair on the other side. It is recommended to have about 65" of room between the legs of your desk to comfortably fit both.
A monitor arm makes it easy to switch the position of your monitor from side to side whenever you want to walk or sit. One of the big points I have been stressing is that the treadmill is not a traditional treadmill; not in speed, sound or size. The TR800 treadmill is a compact 66'' L x 29'' W. It also has wheels on the front for when you need to move it.
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