If you’re an office worker, chances are you’ve put on a few extra pounds since you started sitting at a desk. I know, this isn’t the case for all office workers, but if you aren’t moving around much, that’s usually what happens. Then you go get a gym membership, go a few times, and that’s it… never again.
This is where the Tread Desk comes into play. This unique exercise device was created when Jerry Carr, the founder of TreadDesk Inc., switched jobs from outside sales to sitting at a desk. Within a few months, he had gained some weight and felt sluggish; sound familiar? He initially brought a treadmill to his office, but it didn’t quite work out. He then built several prototypes and the final result is the Tread Desk – a hybrid of the two, and perhaps the solution for those of us that usually sit around on our ass all day.
The Amazing Tread Desk
The idea is to slowly walk while you’re typing away on the computer or talking on the phone. The recommended speed to effectively get work done while still burning calories throughout the work day is between 1mph to 2mph. For safety reasons, the Tread Desk is limited to 4mph, which is fair enough. Any faster, and I’m guessing people would get absolutely nothing done while typing away at the computer.
Overall, I think it’s a pretty cool idea if you have the office space for it, the proper desk, and are too busy to exercise after work. You won’t even realize you’re burning calories as you slowly walk throughout the day. At $840 dollars, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but for a 101 pound, 2 horsepower contraption with 90 volt motor, well… it’s probably not a bad deal. From what I’ve read, it’s virtually the same price as a treadmill anyway.
If you’re looking for more information, or perhaps even to place an order, check out the official Tread Desk website. There is also a similar product called the TrekDesk for $527 on Amazon.