Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My friend Art and his treadmill desk

I'd never heard of a treadmill desk until I read about it on my friend Arthur Slade's blog. But once you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

Art's a writer (you can see his books at his website) so rather than spending all day sitting at his computer, he decided to walk at his computer. Here's a snip from the blog post:

Since I, as a writer, tend to sit for hours and hours and hours, this idea of a treadmill desk kept coming back to me. Finally, I decided to take the plunge. Dr. Levine's desk is $4500 or more, so I frugally made my own (for about $500). I'd read about home built treadmill desks (just Google "treadmill desk" if you want to learn more about treadheads) and followed several fine examples (here's a great blog). I bought a Tempo Evolve treadmill from Canadian Tire, and, oddly enough, the arms on it were perfect for attaching a shelf. It runs quietly and fits nicely into my office.

Art's got a great post about his new desk (which he'd been using for about a month when he wrote the post back in early February. And he made a video of himself on the thing.

This is such a cool idea. It's the kind of thing you often hear people speculate about, but full credit to Art for actually doing it!

I don't have a treadmill, but I do own a rowing machine. I wonder if I can adapt that?


Don Cornelius said...

Treadmills take a lot of floorspace, but this idea really has potential, especially for those who work at home. For those exercising at work it has the added benefit of not requiring a shower or change of clothes. The key seems to be the slow pace.

We use an old Norditrack ski machine with shorter workouts but even we would not be on our "hampster wheel" very much without the electronic distractions: cordless headphones for the television for my wife and the iPod for myself. (lately less music, more podcasts.)

Dave said...

That's a good point about using one at work. I hadn't thought of it in the workplace but I suppose there's no good reason why it wouldn't work. I wonder what employer will be the first to offer this idea up to its employees? Or maybe someone already has?