A Beginner’s Guide To Setting Up A Treadmill Desk

A Beginner’s Guide To Setting Up A Treadmill Desk

We’ve featured some treadmill-based desks before, but they’re generally pretty intense DIY affairs. Macworld walks us through an author’s beginning journey into the world of treadputers, treadmill desks or whatever you call the intriguing world of passive fitness.

Lex Friedman writes in MacWorld about his graduation from sitting at a desk to standing to actively walking while working. He recommends a standing desk as a kind of training wheels for a treadputer:

I wouldn’t advise anyone go from a sitting setup straight to a walking setup. Before you shell out the money for any serious equipment, I think it’s wise to spend some time standing first. That way you’ll get accustomed to leaving the chair behind and typing in a standing position. …

Make space

After you’ve grown accustom to standing, you’ll be ready to make the leap to the treadmill. Mine is just shy of 5 feet long, which meant I had to clear out some room in my home office. You’ll obviously need a flat surface to place the tread upon. If your workspace is carpeted, make sure that the tread you’re looking to buy works on such a surface; if it doesn’t, you may need a treadmill mat to place underneath the tread itself.

Have you gotten started with your own treadmill desk? Got any tips or links to recommend?

Set up a Treadmill Desk [PCWorld/Macworld]


  • Unless you want to stand all the time, you will need a separate sitting workstation also.

    I use my walking workstation for browsing, procrastinating, youtubing, etc… And I leave my work for my sitting workstation.

    This way you don’t need a very high end computer for your walking workstation because you’re only doing simple internet stuff on it.

  • I beg to differ. I’ve recently ordered myself a $400 treadmill off ebay, built a walkstation off the pallet that the treadmill came with. I’ve switched from 8h of sitting to 8h of walking with no problems. I walk barefeet on it with quality running shorts and it’s great. Actually, my productivity massively increased since. It’s been about 4 weeks now for the hype to pass and see it’s a long term positive change.

    Bottom line: Walking at a 3-4km/h pace is much easier than standing or sitting in a static position.

    Note: I work from home so it’s easy to do. You need to have a good employer to let you bring that into an office space.

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