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Treadmill Workstation

Would You Use This Treadmill Workstation?

Adding to the onslaught of employer efforts that promote a healthy workforce, an office furniture maker has begun churning out "Walkstations." The machines move slowly enough that workers can walk while completing computer work, and while two miles an hour seems like a piddly amount, proponents of the device say it's beneficial.

This is the latest development in a flurry of health related office changes: Some employers are banning their workers from smoking, Japan's employers have introduced flab checks, workers with bad health habits are increasingly being charged more for health insurance, and it's becoming more common for workers to undergo annual screenings to evaluate overall health.


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Frenched Frenched 7 years
It's an out-of-the-box concept but it's actually pretty cool! This way, once you're off from work, you're technicallY DONE with your workout and you get to enjoy the rest of your day!
catfiend catfiend 9 years
Oh, yeah! I'd use it in a hearbeat. It wouldn't take the place of my normal cycling/walking/lifting stuff but it would take the place of all of the sitting that I normally do. I've played around with doing this before using a mini-stepper (didn't have the space for anything bigger) but the stepper died after I got up to 90 minutes continuous use. Actually I'm hoping to put one of these in within a month or two when I finish putting my office together. Currently looking at the "Tread Desk" version.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
heck yeah I'd use this!!
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
OMFG my health nut co-worker like 5 minutes ago stated he wanted a exercise machine in our office. (we all said NO)
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i think it's kind of crazy, but great. it's perfect for answering emails... but i don't think i could work my photoshop magic while on this thing! i already take walks on my lunch break, but it would be wonderful to fit in a little more mindless cardio, when i'd otherwise just be sitting on my butt.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
No way! This has to be costly for the company, it looks stupid, and there are free ways that people can choose to get the same benefits of a slow treadmill walk station - take the stairs to your floor and/or walk during your lunch break! This is ridiculous to me. And I agree with cmill that this health conscious workplace/discriminating to lower insurance costs thing is getting out of hand.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I'd definitely love to have one of these for home, considering how much time I spend just sitting around on my laptop online.
Nak-Nak Nak-Nak 9 years
Someone in my office has one of these. I think the max speed is 3 mph, I don't think you'd get that sweaty at that speed.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
okay coral maybe i could check emails and such but nothing extremely productive. it would however be nice to have the option to walk on breaks but then again i don't know how i feel about being sweaty all day.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
While I personally choose to lead a healthy lifestyle, it's not something you can push into someone else's face(unless of course you're a physician). Companies making employees quit smoking is crazy and I'm not even a smoker. It's an interesting concept to have these walking/work stations but honestly how beneficial is walking slow enough to do work? And how productive could one be in getting work done? I certainly would not be paying attention to my work and falling over at the same time.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I would totally be down for long as I could wear appropriate shoes. One of my former workplaces allowed us to have "standing" workstations. I didn't do it because I worked my a$$ off (long hrs and hardly any breaks). Hell no - I wasn't going to stand for 10 hrs a day! But if my current work (which is totally more relaxed and stress-free) offered treadmill workstations...I'd be all over it.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Who wants to get all sweaty at work?
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
I'd use it at home, in non-work clothes, so I can exercise while doing the types of things that require less focus than work, like surfing the web!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
It might be a great morning routine. Get on the treadmill while I do all the busy work of checking email and rss feeds. Eventually, I would want to sit down.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I think these are great! I would love to blog and walk at the same time.
melda melda 9 years
nals33 nals33 9 years
I'm not sure if I'm coordinated enough to walk & type at the same time but I'd definitely try!
cutesy11 cutesy11 9 years
wouldn't your computer get so sweaty? gross!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I totally would! I like to have the option to sit down at a desk too though. I don't think I'd want to walk ALL day.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I would - but I would only be walking slowly on it, because I'm sure that I would trip if I even walked fast.
jknocking jknocking 9 years
Absolutely! I would love to have one of these. I hate sitting at my desk all day! I'm guessing that it might even lead to increased productivity in addition to the health benefits because you'll probably be more awake/alert/energized.
mlen mlen 9 years
i would after lunch when i wish i had time to work out a bit- it'd make me feel more producitive at least. well til i lose my concentration and fall off probably!
nv27 nv27 9 years
Thats a great idea! I dont feel like theres enough time in the day for me to exercise so if I could do it while I worked that would be fabulous!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm not sure about this one. i work out a lot already and i think that working while on a treadmill would just confuse me. i would want to walk faster/jog/go on a higher incline since that's what i'm accustomed to - and it would just be weird for me.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I wouldn't exactly work on it but if it was in a separate office I would take breaks during the day and work out.
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