Treadmill While You Work

Innovative or impractical, makers of the “Workstation” have combined the desk and the treadmill. Could it be the perfect workplace-exercise contraption? Rob Lever of the AFP reports:
The device allows people to work on their computers while walking on a treadmill at a slow speed of up to three kilometers (two miles) per hour, enabling small amounts of movement that supporters say have the potential to reap big health benefits.

The product made by Details, a unit of Michigan-based office furniture maker Steelcase, is selling 30 to 40 units per week, according to company president Bud Klipa.

"The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, we have numerous repeat customers," Klipa told AFP.

Products and services such as these are part of the future workplace in America and elsewhere as companies try to battle obesity and cap medical costs, according to John Challenger, chief executive of the consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas.

"Companies are recognizing they have to find a way to get control of their health care costs," Challenger said.
Yeah, I’m not that coordinated. If I tried to type and walk at the same time the outcome would not be pretty—or legible.
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Michael - July 14, 2008 4:03 PM

A couple of co-workers have converted their desks so they stand all day at their desks rather than sit. They have commented feeling more productive and having less stiffness and soreness. Do you know of any studies that look at standing all day?

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