Like a lot of programmers I spend far too much time hunched in an unnatural position in front of a computer, so I’ve had the idea for a long time of constructing a treadmill desk. It’s the time of new years resolutions and online bargains, so I have finally built one. (Note: The one pictured is not my desk. My camera is faulty at the moment. That is taken sans permission from a group called Office Walkers who are really into this. Mine involves a lot more gaffer tape).
I constructed mine from a £250 [$400] treadmill from Argos, a plank of wood that I happened to have in my shed, and gaffer tape, which is good enough to rest my laptop. If the experiment is a success, I can move to something more permanent later.
How is it? It gets its first real outing when I get back to work tomorrow. It’s not too noisy at low speeds, is reasonably easy to type, but I don’t know how it will be after 8 hours of real work, or if I’ll notice any improvements in a week.
One concern is whether walking for 40 hours a week counts as “real” exercise. There’s a lot of dubious “science” around, about how we “evolved as a species to be upright”, and how it burns 100 calories an hour, but as far as I can find, no hard science, no real studies, just a lot of anecdata. This guy seems to be researching the issues — not sure how much of a genuine scientist he is.
In case anyone is wondering … no, it doesn’t power my laptop 🙂