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The Office Treadmill

How many miles do you do at the office? While you're making deals or crunching numbers, you may as well be using a treadmill at the same time. Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic started the trend toward treadmills at work by constructing the first treadmill desk. He put a hospital tray overtop a treadmill and added a laptop and a phone headset. He used this to work at walk at the same time.
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.


Link -Thanks, Geekazoid!

Actually, I've never been on a treadmill...the elliptical machine is my cardio-workout choice. Perhaps at a slow pace it would be easier to type, answer phones, and such...as a student, I was never able to read very effectively on an elliptical.

As a retail-worker, I was always on my feet. Sitting down at home was both painful and euphoric. I can see how this wouldn't catch on...I am more a fan of the work-out breaks and such. That way you can get your heart rate up and such.
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I raised my desk at work to 39" and purchased a higher chair. This allows for me to stand at work if I choose. I find that I spend quite a bit of time standing now and don't feel nearly as tired at the end of the day.
Adding a treadmill would be a nice addition!
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I think this is a GREAT idea.

Women should be working out more, but it does NOT need to be mandatory until after women reach the age of 30.

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Miss Cellania, you missed the part of the article about about the author of the blog "Book of Joe" being in the article! He's how I first heard about office treadmills almost a year ago. The article's other photo shows him whilst tread-blogging at his house.
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Don't care what people say about how "they'd be able to do it", but this kind of thing would impact work performance. If I were a boss, espeically a small business owner, an employee using a treadmill while working would be a big no.
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