Every office worker should have a Treadmill-Desk ... my pick of KW46

Unfortunately, my desk is too littered. For this reason I have to show you a photo of a Lifespan Treadmill Desk, which also shows how such a setup can look like (Photo: Lifespan).

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.

Treadmill Desk - how I got there ...

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).

YouTuber Lucy Corsentry has taken over 2,5 million steps at her Treadmill desk in 14 years. She ran 2602 miles in 5500 hours and burned roughly 413.000 calories.

YouTuber Lucy Corsentry has taken over 2,5 million steps at her Treadmill desk in 14 years. She ran 2602 miles in 5500 hours and burned roughly 413.000 calories. YouTuber Lucy Corsentry has taken over 2,5 million steps at her Treadmill desk in 14 years. She ran 2602 miles in 5500 hours and burned roughly 413.000 calories.

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.

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My setup: standing desk frame and foldable mini treadmill

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.

Unfortunately, my desk is too littered. For this reason I have to show you a photo of a Lifespan Treadmill Desk, which also shows how such a setup can look like (Photo: Lifespan).

Unfortunately, my desk is too littered. For this reason I have to show you a photo of a Lifespan Treadmill Desk, which also shows how such a setup can look like (Photo: Lifespan).

Electrically height-adjustable desk frame

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:

Mini treadmill with little noise

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:

  • quiet - little noise
  • Can be operated via a remote control (you don't want to crawl under the table to turn it off every time you call)
  • easy - so you can push it away if you want to work while sitting
  • Speed ​​up to 6 km / h is enough - I currently run mostly at 3 km / h
  • foldable - would be nice, but more on that in a moment
  • no handrails at the front so that you can get it under the 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.

The Citysports treadmill is my tip: It's light, quiet and has a (felt) stepless speed setting via remote control (Photo: Amazon).

The Citysports treadmill is my tip: It's light, quiet and has a (felt) stepless speed setting via remote control (Photo: Amazon).

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.

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My experience of running and working

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.

Calorie consumption at the Treadmill desk

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.

My conclusion - everyone should have something like that in the office!

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?!?


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  1. Florian says:

    Hi Jens,
    great timing with the article. I am currently in the process of optimizing my home office, because the nine hours spent sitting down are annoying.
    I'm looking forward to the comparison!
    Greetings, Florian

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Florian! Nice that you like it. The comparison of the two treadmills will take another 1-2 weeks. But maybe I can tell you my long-term goal: A manual treadmill from Walkolution. I haven't been able to pull one off their ribs yet, but at least they have sent me a discount coupon (which can be used several times!). With KLEINHOLZ you get 150 EUR deducted from the purchase. ;-)

      • Florian says:

        Hi Jens,
        Unfortunately, the Walkolution clearly exceeds my budget. ;-)
        Xiaomi also recommended the Urevo U1 and the Walking Pad A1.

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          Yes, these are basically the same devices under different names. As far as I have seen, they are identical:
          City Sports = Urevo U1
          Xiaomi walking pad = skandika walking pad

          And unfortunately I also have to agree with you with Walkolution ... it's not my price range either. But you can dream. 😂

  2. jasin says:

    Hey Jens,
    good idea with the "treadmill"! But these special "desk criminals" actually only exist up to 6 km / h. If I would get such a thing, I would like one that would run up to 8-9 km / h. As a self-confessed winter warm showerer, I would want to misuse such a Treadmill in poor weather and use it for a light jogging trot. No longer at your desk, but you could then, for example, watch daily topics / heute-journal & Co. from the previous evening as a sporty “morning kick” on the television - and then continue to use the thing on your desk. The small size is quite interesting.

    Something completely different if I'm already at the point of writing: Do you happen to know a recommendable app for the iPad / iPhone that - analogous to the Mac Finder - offers good file management? I have been using files from olivetoast for a number of years. But it doesn't seem to be there any more and I'll have to reinstall an iPad soon. The previously adequate alternative "Good Reader" is quite expensive in the full version and I think I have read a comment on "ifun" that they do not take data protection so seriously either. If you have a tip (doesn't have to be a free app), I would be very grateful.
    In any case, first of all a good start to the week - best regards

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Jassin! Thank you for your comment. In fact, I haven't found a small "treadmill" that could go over 6 km / h. I think these things are a bit too short or borderline short when actually jogging. I would be afraid that if I took a big step I would end up wrong in front or be pushed down behind. I would actually rather choose a second model. The big treadmills for jogging are also much louder and more massive ... I think you don't push them around as easily as these office treadmills.

      Because of the question about the app: I've been using "Documents" from Readdle for years. It's free and praised everywhere. I can really only recommend it. I hope this is something for you.



      • Jp says:

        Hi Jens,

        I am interested in buying a treadmill desktop due to home office.
        But I have in mind the Xiaomi R1pro (up to 10km/h) or Xiaomi R2 Pro (new model)

        But I'm not sure if I'll really need the range above 6km/h.

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          Hello Jp! So for 6 km/h you have to go very fast. I once set 4 km/h at work and that kind of stressed me out because I have to type a lot. If you're mostly reading and just clicking the mouse here and there, maybe you'll eventually get to 5 km/h, but I don't think I'll need more than 6.
          The faster treadmills also have the problem that they are louder and harder to move. So they fell through the cracks in my selection.

  3. jasin says:

    Hi Jens,
    Thank you very much for your detailed comment! I almost thought to myself that there is unfortunately no such thing as an “egg-laying woolly milk sow” with regard to the treadmill: So, small and smart up to 6 km / h or big and bulky and fast as an arrow (if I could keep up with it ...).

    I use a couple of Readdle apps - I also have "Documents" on the iPad, but so far haven't considered it in terms of file management - I have to give it a try - there too, thank you very much for your answer!
    First of all, I wish you a good night and then I'm curious to see how your comparison will turn out and how much written, no step-by-step energy it will have cost you by then!
    Many greetings

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Jassin! Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I have not forgotten the report ... but unfortunately I am so covered with work that the comparison has to wait a little longer. But I hope I can help you with your decision when you stand between the two treadmills. You can just ask me ...

  4. Markus says:

    Hi Jens,
    thank you for the informative article. I am also interested in such a device and also an Apple Watch user. It is important to me that the activity data from "walking at the desk" flows cleanly into my activity data. There are reports of problems online because the sensor on the wrist is of course on the keyboard and therefore doesn't notice much movement. You write that you use the tracking of the watch. How exactly is it and what should be considered?

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hi Markus! I set the activity to indoor cycling... then the activity is tracked. Since the Apple Watch has to rely on heart rate, the calorie consumption is estimated quite well, because the Apple Watch is just good at that. The values ​​I got also match my expectations quite well.

  5. Luisa says:


    Since yesterday I've been using a treadmill to work on my laptop. I started with 3 1/2 hours at 4 km/h (which worked well, since I tend to be one of the fast walkers in everyday life :) ). Now my groin hurts, which is probably due to the monotonous strain. Now my question for you: Did you feel the same way at the beginning and did it eventually adjust or did you do stretching exercises before/after? Thank you and best regards Luisa

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Luisa! I did maybe a total of 2-3 hours a day in stages. Sometimes an hour, sometimes 1,5 hours... 3,5 hours in a row is of course a lot and at 4 km/h it's also fast. I didn't have any complaints, but of course, given the amount of stress, such complaints can occur at the beginning. I would maybe prefer to do 2 or 3 times an hour and then a break, then the body can recover a bit. By the way, I've never done stretching exercises. Then get well soon and have fun with the running desk!

  6. Lena says:

    Hi Jens,
    Thank you for the great report about treadmill desks.
    Do you now also have the manual treadmill from Walkolution and if so, can you tell us something about the comparison to the electric ones?
    Thanks and best regards,

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Lena! Unfortunately, the people at Walkolution didn't want to send me one to test. And it was still too expensive for me to buy it. But if I'm allowed to spend a lot of money on "office equipment" again, then that would be an idea. And maybe the Walkolution people will come across this post again at some point and lend me one for a test. Wouldn't be a bad idea as an ad. 😂

      • Lena says:

        Hi Jens,
        thank you for the fast feedback!
        The price also puts me off a bit, but I find the Walkolution treadmill very appealing.
        That's why I would be very interested in a report and, above all, a comparison with the other desks.
        Maybe they can lend you a device to test again.
        Best regards,

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          Yes, maybe I'll visit one of their showrooms. Then I can also test how the forest floor covering feels. 😊

  7. crane says:

    Hi Jens,

    nice article. :)

    Have you gotten the treadmill from Citysports now?
    I'm also looking for one right now, but the Amazon reviews about broken devices and bad support from any manufacturer make me very cautious.
    That's why I'm grateful for almost every tip where someone has tested a device for longer than 6 months.


    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Crane! Yes, my wife has this from Citysports and it's still going. The only thing that annoys her a bit is adjusting the speed, as each press of the remote only adjusts 0,1 mph more or less. That's why you have to push quite hard when you start. My walking pad always goes 0,5 km/h faster or slower. But both treadmills work great. Every once in a while you should smear a bit of silicone oil on the rollers, but that's about it. LG, Jens

      • crane says:

        Then it goes into the shopping cart. :D

        I was actually hoping to find a model that could be paired with the Apple Watch to track things like speed and distance there. Or at least an app that then writes the data to the fitness wallet. But the market there is still very thin or non-existent. And if there are apps, they all seem to be very scary. :(

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          Hi Crane! Yes, in terms of Apple Watch connectivity, they're all bananas... the apps are - as far as I've read and seen - also not something you want to use. I think the best way to track your activity on the Apple Watch is probably the Indoor Cycling activity. "Indoor running" is unfortunately not possible, since you have your arms on the mouse and keyboard at the Treadmill desk and not swinging alongside you, as is usually the case when walking. 😊

      • crane says:

        That reminds me... Which one did you get now?
        And how would you compare the two?

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          I have that Walkingpad a1 pro Bought, but I would now prefer to use the Citysport treadmill. I chose the WalkingPad A1 Pro because it has a brushless motor and I thought it made it quieter. Indeed it is CitySports treadmill not only 200 EUR cheaper, but also quieter - but not foldable.

          Incidentally, the WalkingPad without Pro is the version without a brushless motor and I think it can handle less stress. But if you're not 120 kg, you don't necessarily need the Pro. Of course, it's possible that the WalkiingPad A1 is even louder than the A1 Pro, but I couldn't test that because I only tried the A1 Pro.

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