While owning a regular standing desk is enough for some, there are still many more that seek total exercise at work. For them, the addition of a treadmill is necessary for staving off the ill effects of sitting for so long. Though these treadmills certainly don’t go up to sprint speeds (for safety’s sake), they do call into question which desks companies should invest in if they foresee a future where treadmills become all but essential.
Special Treadmills, Regular Desks
Currently, any standing desk can be converted into a standing treadmill desk. There are a number of manufacturers of basic tracks that are as easy to install as sliding them under a desk. While simple to add to a desk, there are nevertheless expensive pieces of machinery, with starting prices of $800.
The main question for many, though, concerns about adjustability. After all, desks with treadmills built-in have panels that sit on the desk easily within reach of the employee allowing them to start and stop the machine at their leisure. To solve this, the solo treadmills come with their own panels that can connect to whatever desk it fits under so that workers can always adjust it. In fact, desks with treadmills added on and sold as a package tend to be more expensive than if one were to purchase a desk and treadmill separately.
Finding a Fit
Remember to consider the height of your employees, the desk’s height restrictions and how many inches your treadmill of choice will add to each individual. Because a treadmill cannot lie flush to the ground, there will always be added height to account for.
If you’re looking to conserve space, it may be worth the investment to purchase treadmill desks. While a bit more expensive, these desks are built to hug the treadmill they come with, reducing space taken up along the left and right side, effectively consolidating space. Some come with automatic height adjustment buttons while others are bare bones.
As for the treadmill itself, be sure you get one that doesn’t have any handles and comes with a panel for the desk. For the most basic options, these tracks will remain level and only ever hit speeds of up to two miles per hour. There are some that offer an incline, but this is highly frowned upon by experts as it throws the body out of alignment and promotes unhealthy compression.
One final aspect to consider is weight limitation. Some models, typically the sturdiest designs, hold up to 350 pounds while others only support only 250. This is incredibly important due to the motor placed inside of the machine. Even simple walking can place a load on the machine that causes it to run too hot. If left to this fate regularly, the $800 machine you just purchased will be useless in under a year. Purchase accordingly.