My office has a brand new treadmill desk! Of course I had to sign up and try it out immediately.
It was weird at first keying in 0.8 mph on a treadmill (normally when I’m on a treadmill I’m sprinting out a workout). However, I found it difficult to type if I went any faster. You get used to walking at a slow speed while working after 5 minutes. Then it becomes the new normal. Although I wouldn’t recommend trying to do tasks that require lots of navigation/mouse movements – my lower back didn’t like the misalignment of trying to navigate the click pad while walking. I’d recommend using a treadmill desk when you have to type emails/papers….even better during a conference call.
With an office of ~100 people sharing one treadmill desk, I’m limited to 30 minute sessions but I’ll definitely be reserving myself a spot every week or more. When not at the treadmill desk, I alternate between a standing desk and sitting. Luckily my job offers lots of options. If you’re interested in learning about the health benefits of standing/treadmill desks read this or this.
“If you stand for three hours a day for five days that’s around 750 calories burnt. Over the course of a year it would add up to about 30,000 extra calories, or around 8lb of fat. “If you want to put that into activity levels,” Dr Buckley says, “then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work. (BBC)”