Treadmill Desk Ergonomics

iMovR Energize treadmill desk ergonomics

Just for fun go ahead and type “treadmill desk DIY” into Google Images and take a look at the hundreds of awesome homebuilt treadmill desks people have created. To a one, these were fashioned together by “early adopters” who wanted to take better care of their bodies and minds, and either already had an unused treadmill at their disposal or acquired a cheap one on Craigslist. (See Selecting the right equipment for your home-built treadmill desk in our DIY section to learn more about the shortfalls of walking on treadmills that were designed for running.)

The good news is they’ve taken the first step. They’ve grasped the initiative, and are probably raving about their treadmill desk to all their friends and co-workers, as they should. The bad news is that for many of them the next step they’ll be taking will be to their chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, orthopedist, internist or witch doctor when the aches and pains of a bad workstation setup start to set in.

The first generation of treadmill desks generally combined a converted running treadmill with an adjustable height standing desk. While these fledgling workstations did the important work to start the active office revolution, they were not ergonomically-sensible. They left a lot to be desired in height reach and stability, with some models displaying a tendency to get very shaky as soon as the user started walking or touching the keyboard.

We’re now solidly in the second generation of the treadmill desk industry with desks that were designed specifically for the ergonomic requirements of a walking computer user. Select iMovR desks are the only models on the market that feature a built-in keyboard tray (SteadyType™) that allows users to assume the proper ergonomic position while walking and working to avoid strain of the back, neck, shoulder, and wrist muscles.

Check out these articles by our staff experts on treadmill desk ergonomics to make sure your move to working while standing is an optimally healthy one!

UMAY

UMAY Portable Under Desk Treadmill Base Review

The UMAY Portable Under Desk Treadmill Base costs $339.99, has a weight capacity of 198 lbs and a running platform of 43.3" x 16.1".

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The Top-Rated Treadmill Desks – Expert Reviews

A treadmill desk is really just a height-adjustable standing desk paired with an under-desk office treadmill.

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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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Selecting the Best Office Treadmill Base For Your DIY Treadmill Desk

Selecting the Best Office Treadmill Base For Your DIY Treadmill Desk

Choosing the right treadmill base is one of the most critical decisions you'll make in building your own DIY walking workstation. Learn what matters most.

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How Noisy is a Treadmill Desk?

One of the key differences between walking treadmill bases and running treadmills is their lower noise signature, especially at lower speeds.

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Top Under-Desk Office Treadmill Base Reviews

Top Under-Desk Office Treadmill Base Reviews

The office fitness industry has now caught up with demand by offering a wide array of under desk treadmill products. We break down the best.

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iMovR Omega Everest Standing Desk

Selecting the right desk for your DIY walking workstation

The first question: Will you need an adjustable-height desk or will a fixed-height desk do the job? Learn how to make your own treadmill workstation.

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keyboard tray

Best Ergonomic Keyboard Tray Reviews

Ergonomic keyboard trays overcome the innate inadequacy of desks, allowing you to type in a way that’s more neutral for your upper body.

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LifeSpan Fitness TR5000-DT3

LifeSpan Fitness TR5000-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill Review

The TR5000-DT3 under desk treadmill is Lifespan's top-of-the-line unit with a 3.0HP motor and a ticket price to go with it. But is it competitive with the ThermoTread GT?

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Avoiding Neck and Shoulder Pain and Carpal Tunnel When Using a Treadmill Desk

The ergodynamics of typing while on a treadmill desk are a wholly different experience than typing while sitting at a desk.

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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 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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Build Your Own DIY Treadmill Desk

Build Your Own DIY Treadmill Desk

What you need to know to build a solid DIY treadmill desk. It might be a good idea to look at some examples of others’ first, just to see what not to do.

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iMovR Lander Treadmill Desk

Lander Treadmill Desk Review

We haven’t seen a better option for using with a treadmill than the Lander. Its impressive stability at taller heights keeps users up to 6’ 4” comfortable.

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LifeSpan TR1200-DT3

LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 Treadmill Desk Review

The LifeSpan TR1200 was the top-selling under desk treadmill base for many years, until its quality slipped, price increased and warranty coverage was completely eliminated.

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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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iMovR Cascade Treadmill Desk Review

iMovR Cascade Treadmill Desk Review

iMovR's Cascade Standing Desk—with a built-in, patented, SteadyType keyboard tray—is a solid choice for any treadmill desk.

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iMovR ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill Review

A cloud capable, touch-screen enabled walking treadmill, the iMovR ThermoTread GT aims to bring office wellness into the future.

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Keeping Your Head on Straight when Standing or Walking at Your Desk

It’s likely that most of your work hours are spent staring at a computer screen. But, if improperly positioned, monitors can spell trouble.

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What Employers Urgently Need to Know About Kitchen Table Ergonomics

With many people working from home, employers need to consider liability for ergonomic injuries has pierced the veil of the corporate campus.

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5 Common Pitfalls of DIY Treadmill Desk Construction

Is a homemade treadmill desk thrifty or just flat out dangerous? That choice lies with the constructor; check through our list of common DIY errors.

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LifeSpan TR800-DT3

LifeSpan TR800-DT3 Treadmill Desk Review

The LifeSpan TR800-DT3 treadmill desk is a pocket-sized walking treadmill that may be too small for many users to comfortably walk on. It is currently the least expensive but also the most poorly-rated treadmill desk on the market.

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iMovR Energize Treadmill Desk Review Which is the best treadmill desk

iMovR Energize Treadmill Desk Review

The iMovR Energize is a top-rated, American-made standing desk. Pair it with iMovR's office treadmill and you have a state-of-the-art active workstation.

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LifeSpan Integrated Treadmill Desk TR1200 DT 5 TR800 TR 500 Lifespand treadmill review

LifeSpan Treadmill Desk Review

Review of the LifeSpan integrated treadmill desk options, based on the TR800, TR1000, TR1200 and TR5000 treadmills.

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Versadesk Ultra-Thin Office Treadmill Review

The Versadesk Ultra-Thin Office Treadmill is the new bottom-of-the-pile choice in office treadmills, from a company with questionable marketing practices.

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Steelcase Walkstation Treadmill Desk Review

Steelcase Walkstation Treadmill Desk Review

Steelcase helped to spark a revolution in office fitness in 2007. Now the Walkstation is overpriced, with antiquated technology and ergonomics.

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TrueForm Walking Desk Review

TrueForm Walking Desk Review

This is the worst abomination of the treadmill desk concept we have ever seen, and we've seen some pretty bad ones before.

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Treadmill Desk Check List

Other considerations when setting up your DIY treadmill desk

DIY treadmill desk builders need to keep in mind vibration and noise isolation, ergonomics of keyboards, mice and trackballs, static electricity and more.

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NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Review

NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Review

The NordicTrack treadmill desk is more a running treadmill fitted with a worksurface, and it misses the minimum criteria for an ergonomic treadmill desk.

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ERGONOMIC TIP

Your Best Position Is the Next One

Switching from sitting to standing to walking throughout the day is the most important ergonomic tip we can provide to help avoid injury.

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