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What does the term “Treadmill Desk” mean? Basically two things: a standing desk and a treadmill. Both together allow you to run at a moderate speed while you work. Why should you do that? Because standing at a standing desk for a long time is exhausting and - at least for me - my legs and back often hurt after just 30 minutes. A pure standing desk is therefore not the solution to all problems.
If you haven't said goodbye yet, because the topic may sound too strange for you, then I am happy to tell you about my experiences of the last few weeks.
A good 5 weeks ago my wife made me aware of the idea of a desk with a treadmill. At first it sounded like the ultimate hamster wheel to me: having to walk while working - why should you do that to yourself?!?
To counter my superficial rejection, my better half sent me a YouTube video of a woman who has been watching her Treadmill Desk for years and who has permanently got rid of back problems - and a lot more - (here is the link to the Video by Lucy Corsentry).
By the way, Lucy Corsentry has a complete set of desk and treadmill made by Lifespan is. My wife has this in mind as a “dream” Readmill Desk, because it has a step counter and calorie counter etc. built in, which also permanently records everything. This is of course a big plus for long-term motivation. But the Lifespan sets unfortunately only start at 1500 EUR, which was too much for me to see if I even like such a treadmill desk.
But back to the topic. The video by Lucy Corsentry piqued my interest immediately and after watching a few more videos about the effect of Treadmill Desks and the book “Get Up !: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About it“When I heard it as an audiobook, it was clear to me: A Treadmill desk is something I have to try out.
And I did that - with as little financial outlay as possible, but with reasonable comfort, because ultimately you have to find a solution that you want to use on a daily basis.
I've had a standing desk for many years, but honestly, I've rarely used it because my legs and lower back hurt after a short time. I suppose that's because, in the end, you're always in the same position. In the end, the standing desk doesn't allow a lot of variance. For this reason, I usually sat back after 30 minutes, but it wasn't doing my back any long-term favors.
To give you an impression of what my setup looks like, I would like to introduce it briefly here. My desk consists of an Ikea desk top, which I unscrewed from my fixed desk at the time, and a frame that is electrically adjustable.
Exactly my frame is currently no longer available since I bought it many years ago, but there are numerous offers of such electric standing desk frames that work just as well (and better!).
If I had to buy a new frame for an electrically height-adjustable desk today, I would make sure that it is a frame that also allows presets. This allows you to set certain heights - usually up to 4 - as favorites and in the future only have to press the appropriate buttons to move the desk to the appropriate heights.
To make your choice easier, I have here is a link to the Amazon search, via which you can directly find a list of height-adjustable, electric desk frames that also allow presets. Alternatively, you can also go through this product list:
|1||Standing Desk Tower | standing desks | high desk wood | Laptop stand | stand | bar table...||49,00 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|2||Standing Desk Tower | high desk wood| standing desk | stand | Desk attachment wood |...||49,00 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|3||COSTWAY height-adjustable sit-stand desk on castors, mobile standing desk with ...||78,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|4||Devoko Height-adjustable desk Electric with table top 120x60cm Height-adjustable...||189,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|5||JUMMICO desk, height-adjustable, electric, ergonomic sit-stand table with tabletop, ...||179,00 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
The second part that you need for a Treadmill-Desk is a treadmill (English Treadmill) that you put under the desk. From my point of view, it should have the following properties so that it goes well with a Treadmill desk:
I did a lot of research and came up with two devices that I bought both:
I'll be doing a comparison of both treadmills soon, but to make it short: I would Citysport treadmill recommend as it is very quiet - in fact significantly quieter than the walking pad.
I found my walking pad better at first, because it is foldable and also comes with an app that counts the steps, but on the one hand the app is very unreliable and often does not connect to the treadmill and on the other hand it is with me after two weeks a bar fell out of the device, which has probably come off while running - not convincing quality.
The city sports treadmill that my wife uses, on the other hand, runs without any problems. And ultimately I measure the calorie consumption using my Apple Watch and don't need an extra app.
And from my point of view, the biggest advantage of the Citysports treadmill is that it is very quiet. You can actually talk on the phone while walking, which I didn't think at first. The recommendation for this treadmill came from a customer in Amazon who tried out numerous treadmills and was able to make out the lowest volume on the Citysport model.
For this reason: Take the Citysport treadmill.
I don't want to make this pick unnecessarily long as I want to write a separate article about my experience with the Treadmill Desk soon, but I can reveal one thing:
Switching to a desk with a treadmill was the best decision I could make. Even if it sounds absurd at first: You quickly learn that you can even do pixel-perfect Photoshop work, type articles (like this one right now) and read instructions while walking at the standing desk. In addition, you feel much better during and after work, because running does something to your body.
Somehow my wife and I feel the same: We both noticed that the mood rises after you've worked for an hour or two AND run. And you also burn calories while you work - that's another little exhilaration when you have a few extra pounds on your ribs or hips.
Yes, walking slowly at the Treadmill desk also uses up calories - of course it is not as fast as jogging, but you can easily spend two or three hours at the Treadmill desk throughout the day. For me that's about 12.000 to 18.000 steps (at 3 km / h) and about 400 to 600 kcal. On the other hand, an hour of jogging costs me around 800 kcal - just for comparison.
But to be honest, I have to torment myself to jog, while running on the treadmill at the desk is so easy that at some point you don't even notice it. The legs do the job after a while without your contributing to it.
Whoever reads the book "Get up! Why your chair is killing you“Read through, you will quickly notice how stupid it actually is to sit too much. The human body is not really designed for this and it is not for nothing that one hears the saying "Sitting is the new smoking" more and more often.
I saw in various videos that some companies are already rethinking and offering workplaces at desks with treadmills that can be used by employees from time to time. And now that I've noticed for myself how good it is for my body to work a few hours running during the day, I find it almost a shame that I didn't get to know the combination of a standing desk and treadmill much earlier .
I highly recommend it to anyone who spends a lot of time at their desk. Back injured people (like me) in particular benefit from the movement - and you also improve your posture at the same time.
PS: By the way, while writing this article I covered 9,1 km, walked 15.940 steps and burned 583 activity calories - isn't that great?!?
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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