Lose Weight and Gain Time with the Treadmill Desk

What should you do if some days you feel like you’re on a treadmill to oblivion? I’m sure every consultant has felt that way sometimes, even if she absolutely loves her work.

Here’s a way to blast through that cobwebby stuck feeling: get on a real treadmill and get some exercise. There’s nothing like a workout to oxygenate your brain and body for clearer, sharper thinking.

No time to hit the gym? No problem! Just rig a treadmill desk and double your efficiency: convert your physically stagnant time at the computer to an energizing workout.

The treadmill desk—featured by CNN last year—is, not surprisingly, a combination of a treadmill and a desk. Instead of a chair, you have a treadmill. Instead of just sitting at your desk, you slowly walk on the treadmill while you’re working at your computer.

Not only will you be able to think better (the latest studies show that the brain works much better when you’re moving), you’ll get fitter—and you might lose some weight to boot.

According to The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. James Levine, the inventor of this unique desk, it’s possible for users to lose as much as 57 pounds a year by replacing 8 hrs of sitting with walking on the treadmill. His research shows that people using the treadmill desk burn an extra 100 calories every hour.

I know a businesswoman in Boulder who opted for a treadmill desk. But instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for a ready-made unit, she built one herself by purchasing a used treadmill, which she hooked up to her existing computer desk. This cost her a few hundred dollars instead of thousands.

For all the ins and outs of buying or building your own treadmill desk, check out this blog:

Why not give it a whirl?

mcherylchow@gmail.com' About Cheryl Chow

Writer, Editor, Translator (Japanese/Chinese to English), specializing in Health and Fitness. Owner of My Cat is My Therapist site, exploring the health benefits of the human-animal bond.


  1. Fascinating. I kind of want one!

  2. mcherylchow@gmail.com' Cheryl Chow says

    Thanks, Erin, it’s a fantastic way to get in shape without spending hours at the gym. What I do is to put something underneath my laptop so it’s at exactly the right height for me, and then I walk in place. I also walk while talking on the phone. I wear a pedometer to count my steps.

  3. Treadmill desk is good for people who are sitting all day during working. The question is that if you can focus on your work while you are walking on treadmills.

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