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.
If you want to make sure a treadmill will work for you, you should read our article on guidance to see how you can test one out for yourself.
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!
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