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Are You Feeling It? The Treadmill Walkstation

Hey all you 9 to 5-ers. You'll have to come up with another excuse for not working out besides "I don't have time." This new Walkstation allows you to walk while you work. The Mayo Clinic experimented with the vertical workstation and now it looks like it might be coming to the masses.

A treadmill attached to a desk? This could be a genius idea, aside from the fact that a lot of times I use exercise as a mental break from life and work. I suppose though if you can't fit a good workout in because your job takes up so much of your time and energy, that this could kill two birds with one stone.

Steelcase, the makers of this machine, feel that the Walkstation will encourage more daily movement, and burn more calories, even walking at only 1 mph. Not only could it help people lose weight, but exercising can reduce stress, increase productivity and improve focus. Maybe the $6,500 price tag would inspire you to walk more briskly.

What do you think? Would you be into walking using this treadmill desk?


chris2365 chris2365 9 years
OK, I read about this concept this week. I telecommute fulltime as a communications specialist (public relations, writing articles, newsletters, training materials, etc.). Yesterday I bought the supplies and in 15 minutes, hubby and I had set up my treadmill for working and walking. So right now, I'm typing while I walk 1`mph at a 7% incline (I'm used to exercising on hills). It's not hard at all to type at my normal speed (around 85 wpm). During business calls, I do stop. Time flies by. Of course it's not as intense as my interval training, but it's not supposed to be. Right now I'm burning around 120 calories per hour that were previously completely sedentary. Since June 2006, I've lost 141 pounds. I have 30 more to go. One of my secrets to loving exercise, or at least sticking to it, is making it non-optional. This definitely qualifies. I'm a convert!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
isn't that a bit dangerous??? with all that distraction it's easy to trip or side-step the band. i wouldn't get it. it's a better idea to have a treadmill in your office NEXT to your pc, not in front of it, so that once in a while you would be able to go for a short 'walk' and get some blood flowing
Tuke Tuke 9 years
This website has actually a lot more affordable option I use their product it works great. I barely notice the time go by as I either work or browse the net.
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
Seems kind of dangerous & very distracting.
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 10 years
It would make me dizzy. And all that jolting up and down can't be good for your eyes! I think an exercycle would be better...
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 10 years
wendy you are so clever! i love that! I could see big coorporations buying a few of these.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
I don't think so...Exercise is my time. Just me.
packett packett 10 years
When I am on the treadmill -- or doing any kind of exercise I do not want to think about work ... it is my "ME" time. I am in the computer industry profession, so i am sure that is part of it. However, I guess it could be fun to browse all the sugar sites.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
I would so use this... IF someone else paid for it. Hee hee...
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
This wouldn't increase my fact it would decrease it tremendously!!!!!! I find my self so absorbed in what I am doing I cease to hear/see/recognize anything around me, esp when I am doing something like I am now...I can very easily see myself just failing to step and then falling off back, or stumbling over my own feet. Also, when doing very complicated analysis, etc, It's hard enough to keep my place on the spreadsheet/document etc, let alone if my head is bobbing up and down? i can't read on the tread mill as it is....
millarci millarci 10 years
As much as I would love something like this, it isn't practical. I could you get a good workout in and type at the same time. I think this would only work if your going at a slow pace. My fitness center back in college had something more practical. On the stationary bikes, it had monitor for television/internet. It was a touch screen I believe. It was at an angle that was very convenient for the biker. I just can't see myself using this.
lintacious lintacious 10 years
oh and im not sure how practical it is for work environments; i suppose the only work places that would get them is a more casual one. because the shoes i normally wear to work i definitely couldn't even walk slowly on a treadmill in.
lintacious lintacious 10 years
i think it would be too distracting and i wouldn't be able to concentrate on actual work. i guess it depends how much thinking is involved in your job. also, treadmills are very noisy.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 10 years
When I work out i want to be away from my work, away from the desk. It is a genius idea, but I wouldn't use it. I have a hard time typing when I'm sitting down. I don't want to see how it will be when I'm walking!
ktacce ktacce 10 years
even if you just walked at a very slow pace, think of alllll the calories you'd burn instead of sitting. i want one right here next to me in my cube, please. ;)
vanillakokakola vanillakokakola 10 years
This reminds me - I've been looking everywhere for something good to help me burn calories while I work in the office. I've been looking at mini-stationary bikes that fit under your desk and I could sit and pedal all day. Any advice anyone?
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 10 years
I love it!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I would use it!
nikodarling nikodarling 10 years
I don't think I could stand using this. I like to get outside and go for a walk/run/hike/bike to get some fresh air and get away from work. I also don't think I'd be able to focus on my work while on this.
MissFamous182 MissFamous182 10 years
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 10 years
I would definetly use this! I hate sitting at my desk all day! Too bad it's so expensive. I work out 6 days a week, but this would still be great b/c I get so sick of sitting at my desk ALL DAY LONG! Maybe I just need a new job...
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
I find it hard to believe this would work out well. It's a great idea but I'd need to see it in action first.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
OMG I LOVE THIS!!! WOW, I need it I think!!! Ahhh I want it so bad!!!
CoMMember13627174328105 CoMMember13627174328105 10 years
I love it! What a great way to get more activity throughout the day.
wendy_w wendy_w 10 years
hehe! It is a good idea, but I made my own for free. If I want to walk on my treadmill and work I just bungee strap my laptop to the top part of my treadmill. It works like a charm. Multi tasking
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