Look: Exercising While You Work On the Computer?

Look: Exercising While You Work On the Computer?

Gregory Han
Sep 18, 2008
[Photo: Chris Machian for The New York Times]

Aaron over at ATNY sent over the link to this article about incorporating exercise at the workspace by adding a treadmill to a desk. A well timed link considering I just got done cooking myself an insane kitchen creation this afternoon and definitely need to burn off a large excess of calories I'm sure not to lose sitting here just moving my fingers at the keyboard. Walking on a treadmill seems a bit excessive, but rationally a sure way to keep fit when desk bound...

Enthusiasts began following Dr. Levine's example, constructing treadmill desks that range from sleekly robotic set-ups to rickety mash-ups that could be Wall-E's long-lost kin. But the recent introduction of an all-in-one treadmill desk from Details may inch work-walking into the mainstream, as dozens of businesses invest in the hardware to let their employees walk (and, ideally, lose a little weight) at work.

Since last November, about 335 Walkstations, have been sold nationwide to companies including Humana, Mutual of Omaha, GlaxoSmithKline and Best Buy.

The Walkstation, which Dr. Levine helped develop, costs about $4,000 and comes in 36 laminate finishes with an ergonomically curved desktop. Its quiet motor is designed for slow speeds, said David Kagan, director of marketing communications at Details, a division of Steelcase.

We prefer just taking a half hour break away from the computer every two hours to do some chinups and push ups, but we can see how this could be an effective way to optimize time use for those of us whose every minute counts. As one doctor in the piece notes "walking on the treadmill could be enough to prevent weight gain, but it's not going to melt the pounds off". For that, we still need to get our lazy behinds off our chairs and moving. Pardon us while we take a walk.

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