First, I want to start by saying I am not getting paid to do a review on my treadmill desk, nor did I get my treadmill desk for free (I wish!). This is a 100% honest review. I simply have had many teachers ask me how I'm liking my treadmill desk, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you. I'll answer a few of the most common questions I have received.
What treadmill desk did you buy?
I did some research before purchasing a treadmill desk and found many great reviews for the LifeSpan Treadmill Desks. I thought for the money, features, and positive reviews, it was the best option for me. I decided to go with the LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk which you can find here. It is pricey at $1,499, but I have put on about 20lbs since I left the classroom 3 years ago, and needed something to get me off of my butt. I sit on my computer for hours and work on TPT and on my husband's business. I do not like to work out, so I figured this was a great way to get me up and moving, while having the ability to stay productive. I knew I'd be wasting money on a gym membership, so I decided to invest in this instead. I also priced regular treadmills and they weren't that much cheaper.
There is another treadmill desk (LifeSpan TR1200-DT5) for $200 less, but the desk itself has to be moved manually up and down instead of electronically. I knew that if I wanted to take a break from walking and a put a chair on the treadmill to sit for a bit, it'd be nice to just push a button and lower the desk. I read reviews that the DT5 was a bit hard to move up/down by yourself.
Here is what the desk looks like. I got the gray color, but it does come in 4 colors. The desk comes in 38" and 48" sizes. I went with the 38" desk because my office is kind of small, and I figured with just a laptop, that would be plenty of room.
What features does this treadmill desk have?
Here is what the control screen looks like. You can keep track of your time, distance, steps, calories burned, and speed. I never used a FitBit or Apple watch to keep track of my steps, because I knew I was always sitting on my butt all day working and wouldn't have even gotten close to 10,000 steps. I didn't need something tracking how lazy I am. :) Now, I love seeing how many steps I have in! I've even gotten over 21,000 steps in one day. Since I work from home, I typically get in 4-6 miles a day with some days going up to 8+ miles!
If you hit the stop/reset button on the treadmill to take a break, it will keep all of your information on the screen. I really like this feature, because I may walk for 3 different segments throughout the day, and then I can see how many calories/steps/miles/etc. I did for that entire day. You can hold down the stop/reset button and it will clear all of your info, so you can start from 0 if you'd like. I reset it each day.
The whole treadmill desk measures about 69"x38". Remember I said my office was kind of small, so I knew this would look a bit big in the room. I figured it'd be worth it to get me off my butt! :) I think it took my husband about 45min or so to put this whole thing together.
I read most people typically walk at 1.5mph. I'm a fast walker as it is, just ask my past students; they were always way behind me in line LOL! I was walking at 2mp to get used to working and walking. I didn't have any trouble focusing or learning how to work and walk. After a week of walking at 2mph, I decided to try 2.5mph. This is a great pace for me: not too fast, not too slow. It does go up to 4mph, so you can find what pace fits you. The 4mph is more of a speed walk, so I wouldn't recommend it for working. However, 4mph was too slow to run. These treadmills are not meant for running. I will also say that it seems fairly quiet. I can have my TV on in the background and hear it just fine without having to turn the volume way up.
Is it hard to work and walk?
For me, not at all! I don't have a problem creating resources, answering e-mails, writing blog posts, etc. I can honestly say that I feel more focused working. Yes, I take breaks to go run errands, sit and watch TV, eat, etc. because of course those are the benefits of working from home and having a flexible schedule. However, I used to sit on the couch and work (even though I did have an office) and I found I would get distracted easily. It could be the fact that I'm getting more oxygen to my brain to help me focus, my determination to lose weight, or just the fact that I truly enjoy walking and working. I NEVER wanted to work out, so this is perfect for me. I get so focused on TPT sometimes, that I forget I'm even walking.
You can search the LifeSpan website here, to see what options are best for you. If you already have a standing desk, you may just want to buy the treadmill to go under it. They also have bike desks as well.
Let me know if you have any more questions that I can answer! This was a big purchase, and I was nervous about it, but it has turned out to be worth every penny!