Standing Desk Questions: What To Know Before You Get Started

Autonomous SmartDesk Core standing desk questions has amassed a large body of expertise on the proper setup and use of office fitness equipment, including standing desks, treadmill desks, desk cycles, cable management kits, file cabinets, ergonomic monitor arms, keyboard trays, balance boards 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. Through the collection of articles below, we’ve tried to tackle all the common standing desk questions & practical tips we can:

We strongly recommend reading the standing desk questions & practical tips 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.

treadmill desk reviews

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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What Are Grommet Holes Used For In a Computer Desk?

Everything you ever wanted to know about grommet holes in computer desks, what you can do with them (like adding grommet-mounted desktop power modules), and how to cover them if you're going to use them only for cable pass-thru.

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

Mayo Clinic: 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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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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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your First Standing Desk

If you are upgrading you office to a standing desk, make sure you know the most important tips on how to make the right choice.

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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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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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where can i find a treadmill desk store where I can try one out?

Where To Try Out a Treadmill Desk Before Buying One?

Where can you try out a treadmill desk for yourself before plunking down the cash for one?

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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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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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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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How Brushless DC Motor Technology Is Bound To Entirely Disrupt the Standing Desk Industry

Given that more than 90% of the standing desks sold online today are built on Chinese-made, commodity-grade lifting bases, the introduction of inline brushless DC motor actuators has the potential to truly disrupt the market.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Office Treadmill Lubrication

How to Lubricate A Treadmill

Does your treadmill belt hesitate with every step, or make more noise than it did when you first got it? If so, a simple treadmill lubrication may be all you need.

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