FAQs & Practical Tips

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WorkWhileWalking.com has amassed the largest body of expertise on the proper setup and use of office fitness equipment, including standing desks, treadmill desks, desk cycles, and standing mats, and it’s all in one place — right here! The advice below comes from the top experts in treadmills, ergonomics, office technology, and the medical field.

We strongly recommend reading the advice in this section before setting up your own active workstation. And if you’re already using a standing desk, or a treadmill desk, you’ll still find tons of great advice on improving workstation ergonomics, productivity, endurance (and consequently, calories burned) and even power consumption.

treadmill desk prep

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your First Treadmill Desk

We’ve helped thousands of users get their first treadmill desk, so we tapped our staff experts for their favorite tips to new users.

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Adjustable Stand Up Desk Buying Guide

Adjustable Stand Up Desk Buying Guide

Choosing a standing desk can be daunting these days. With so many options on the market, you might be tempted to go for whichever result you see first.

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Cable management for standing desks

DIY Cable Management for Standing Desks

Cable spaghetti can be a nightmare for standing and walking workers. Follow these tips to straighten up the cables at your workstation.

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Should I Buy a Standing Desk or a Standing Desk Converter?

What to Choose: Standing Desk vs. Sit-Stand Converter?

Our experts break down when it's best to get a standing desk vs. when to attach a standing desk converter to your old desk.

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TreadTop anti-fatigue mat

How We Conduct Integrated Treadmill Desk Reviews

We’ve developed a unique evaluation process that provides the most exhaustive analysis of any given product as every aspect is put under the microscope.

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How to Get Your Employer to Pay for Your Treadmill Desk

Does your job require you to spend hours hours sitting in a chair? We have ten tips for getting your employer to pay for your treadmill desk workstation.

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How To Install A Keyboard Tray On A Treadmill Desk

In this primer we cover everything you need to know about how to install a SteadyType keyboard tray on a treadmill desk.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Feet Happy While Using a Standing Desk

Do your feet hurt after using your standing desk? We can help. Learn our top five ways to keep your feet happy while using a standing desk.

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correct height for treadmill desk

Setting the Proper Heights for the Treadmill Desk Surface and Keyboard Tray

The easiest way to picture your most “neutral” position is to think about how astronauts’ arms hang when they’re floating in their sleeping bags.

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keyboard tray for standing desk

How To Install A Keyboard Tray On A Standing Desk

Adding a keyboard tray to a standing desk can be challenging, but we lay out multiple options for you to try in this primer.

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Do Weight Ratings on Electric Desks Really Matter

Do Weight Ratings on Electric Desks Really Matter?

When it comes to weight ratings on electric desks, the simple answer is that “you get what you pay for, and you pay for what you get.”

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treadmill desk stretching

Why Treadmill Desk Users Need to Stretch Like Professional Athletes

It is best to stretch before mounting the treadmill, to take frequent stretch breaks and stretch at the end of every session.

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Review Criteria for all ergonomic office products

WorkWhileWalking & WorkWhileStanding Review Criteria

A brief guide to the review criteria we use in evaluating treadmill desks, stand up desks, sit stand workstations, and other ergonomic products.

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All the easiest desks for standing desk assembly

How Difficult Is It to Assemble a Standing Desk?

We break down which standing desks are easiest and most difficult to put together, along with how much time assembly could take.

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Does Standing at Work Lead to More Sitting at Home?

Research suggests that standing more at work can lead to sitting more at home. Here's what they're missing in this analysis.

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user height for standing desk and treadmill desk

Tips for Taller Stand Up Desk and Treadmill Desk Users

Taller workers looking for a treadmill desk may need to make special considerations, but don't let a treadmill's added height compromise ergonomic safety.

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treadmill weight loss

Top 5 Tips for Losing Weight Using a Treadmill Desk

If you're trying to lose weight using a treadmill desk, these tips are essential for you to get the most bang for your buck.

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How Many Calories Can You Really Expect to Burn Using a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk

How Many Calories Can You Really Expect to Burn Using a Standing Desk or Treadmill Desk?

The question of exactly how many more calories you can burn using a treadmill desk hasn’t been thoroughly understood, until now.

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aerobics and treadmill desks

Using a walking desk should complement getting real aerobic exercise

Keep in mind that using a treadmill desk is the best way to combat sitting disease but it is not a substitute for getting aerobic exercise

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how long you should walk at a treadmill desk

How Long Should You Walk When Working at a Treadmill Desk?

Unless you already spend several hours a day walking, you will feel some new muscle pains if you overdo it. We provide our best treadmill desk walking tips.

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Happy at a standing desk.

Five Strategies to Extend Your Standing Desk Time

We often find that even people who've had standing desks for many years are unable extend their standing desk time for very long.

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students on treadmill desks

Are Treadmill Desks a Good Thing for Kids?

Kids hate sitting for endless hours as much as adults do, if not more so. You don't have to be over 40 to feel the physical anguish of sitting too long.

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ideal width of treadmill base

Does Treadmill Belt Width on a Walking Desk Make Any Difference?

It may not seem very important at first blush but it turns out the width of the belt can be a very important criteria in choosing a treadmill base.

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ZipLift Standing Desk Converter

Top 9 Factors to Consider When Buying a Convertible Standing Desk

Is it dual-monitor compatible? Ergonomically adjustable? We outline what you need to know to pick a great convertible standing desk.

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Treadmill for Running

The Difference Between Walking Treadmill and Cardio Equipment

A top speed capability of more than 4.0 mph is the first giveaway that a treadmill desk’s base unit was borrowed from an existing running treadmill model.

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Treadmill powertrains

Treadmill powertrains – is your treadmill’s drive system sufficiently powered?

Treadmill weight limits or weight ratings are almost meaningless when being used " in a walking desk application. Here's how to really evaluate them.

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Lifespan Fitness Club Membership

Lifespan Fitness Club Membership Review

Tracking software designed mostly for cardio exercise, with treadmill desk usage as an afterthought. This software is not as advanced as many free apps.

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treadmill desk etiquette

A Guide to Treadmill Desk Office Etiquette

A guide for officemates on the proper etiquette in approaching someone who is actively walking and working on a treadmill desk.

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Everest Treadmill Desk Rental

How to Rent or Lease a Treadmill Desk

Instead of purchasing a large fleet of treadmill desks sight unseen, it makes sense for many large enterprises to instead rent or lease a treadmill desk.

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treadmill for diabetes

Can You Walk Off Type II Diabetes by Working While Walking?

The correlation between Type II diabetes and weight struggles is so direct that most people consider the words “obese” and “diabetic” to be synonymous.

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read or watch something on a. treadmill desk

Better to Consume than Create Content While On Your Treadmill Desk

Experienced treadmill desk users have learned to accumulate intensive writing tasks for those hours when they are sitting or standing.

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If all you do is sit in a chair all day you'll need to drink at least 8 cups of water to stay healthy. Whether you exercise or just use a treadmill desk you'll want to up that quantity.

How to Stay Hydrated and Avoid Sweating While Using Your Treadmill Desk

Keep in mind that when walking at a treadmill desk, even at 1–2 mph, your body will be evaporating more water than usual.

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noise at a treadmill workstation

Isolating Noise and Vibrations in Your Treadmill Desk Workstation

Treadmill desks can be shaky contraptions if not set up properly. Learn how to isolate vibrations from the treadmill and from your body's swaying motions

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iMovR Omega Everest Standing Desk

How We Conduct Standing Desk Reviews

We’ve developed a unique evaluation process that provides the most exhaustive analysis of any given ergonomic office product.

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Best Place to Put a Treadmill Desk in your Office

Where’s the Best Place to Put a Treadmill Desk in your Office?

Treadmill desk placement can be tricky in some smaller offices so take the time to really think it through before assembling your treadmill desk.

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Treadmill desk liability issues

What Legal Departments Need to Know About Treadmill Desks

We often hear from employees of large corporations and government agencies that their legal dept put the kibosh on treadmill desks.

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treadmill desk safety tips

Treadmill Desks and Safety – Some Worthy Precautions

The biggest safety issues for treadmill desk users are potential minor injuries from improper ergonomics or insufficient stretch breaks.

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXERCISE DESK AND TREADMILL DESK

The Difference Between a Treadmill Desk and an “Exercise Desk”

Perhaps the most common misconception about treadmill workstations is that they are "exercise desks." This just isn't the case.

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Treadmill desk weight

Do Treadmill Desk Weight Ratings Really Matter?

There are no industry standards for establishing the weight rating of a treadmill desk, so what's really behind the numbers, and are they real?

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