Treadmill Desks - A new way to exercise while at work..

  • masculumpedes

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    Oct 23, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    http://www.lvrj.com/business/treadmill-desks-may-help-get-office-workers-moving-132398008.html
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    Oct 23, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    I'm all for innovating the sedentary lifestyle in the office setting, but this just seems like the most literal and gimmickey approach to it. Also how are you supposed to type and precision mouse-click when you're in motion? In addition wouldn't all the computer and phone distractions make it potentially hazardous to fall or injure yourself while on these things? You could make the argument that 'well if you're going to be treadmillin' then that time you wouldn't be typing a lot or doing any heavy work'. Wouldn't in those case it just be better to have a regular treadmill in the corner? I guess you save SOME space by having the desktop over it, but if it just boils down to a space issue this seems like a lot of hullaballoo for it.
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    Oct 23, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    No ty, I'd trip and fall on a pen or something.

  • Jaxom

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    Oct 23, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    Maybe just give them a balance ball to sit on, or a stationary bike type set up under the desk. I like the idea of getting movement into the work place but that seems a bit much.
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    I guess this could be fine if you have your own office with four walls. I can't imagine this is completely noise free. In an area of cubicles or an open floor office of many desks it seems there would be a constant, low annoying hum, especially to those that have chosen not to use this type of desk. These desks are also 6' X 3' which will probably be a space concern for many offices. And you are undoubtedly still going to need a chair sometimes, especially when you have a visitor to your office and the space where you would normally sit is taken up by the treadmill so that is even more space that will be needed.
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    This kind of reminds me of myself at the gym on the treadmill. I'm usually packed with homework on the days I go, and I can easily read a book or look over some notes while jogging at a steady speed. It actually helps me focus. I'm not too sold on being able to use a computer while walking though.
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    Oct 24, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    Or just STAND.

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    Oct 24, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    I'd try it, if I could rent the stuff for a week. Last week, I did as much work as I could, standing with my laptop on a counter. One day, I just couldn't sit still any more.

    It was OK for data entry, reading and such. But to do stuff that required complete concentration, I had to sit down and use the big workstation. (Also, for security reasons, financial stuff can't be done on my laptop.)

    In a weird way, the treadmill seems like it might be easier than just standing there for any length of time.
  • LJay

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    Oct 24, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    They had a device in 19th-century England, used in prisons. It called a cockchafer. Very similar.

    My old boss would have figured out a way to hook the thing up to a generator and have had us all making the electricity to run the place.

    PS--Would this ever make coming in at 9 AM on Monday with a hangover a barrel of laughs.
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    Or you could work, then go exercise like a normal person...
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    Oct 24, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    jaybird680 saidOr you could work, then go exercise like a normal person...


    LOL. This. Exactly what I was thinking.
  • austex85

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    Oct 24, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    Haha...I actually saw one of these while I was interviewing in New York. The partner was extolling the firm's virtue of having "work/life balance." LOL.
  • kuroshiro

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    Oct 24, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    I watched the video... THAT COMPUTER DESKTOP icon_eek.gif SO CLUTTERED!

    Clean up the icons and you might not have to sit at your desk all day? icon_surprised.gif