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Should You Have a Treadmill in Your Office?

Posted March 28, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

The incredible looking desk above is becoming more and more popular in offices across the nation. Everyone wants the famed (and frankly, quite expensive) “treadmill desk.” Every time one pops on the television or someone mentions its perks, I wonder, are they really worth it? Let’s look at the pros and cons of the treadmill desk.


  • Obviously your body is moving more, therefore you’re burning more calories, and you’ll be healthier.
  • Research shows that physical movement can be directly connected to brain activity. So get your legs moving and get your brain moving, too!
  • Exercise and movement causes endorphins to flow and can improve your mood and decrease your stress level.


  • Treadmill desks can take a lot of time to get used to, as most of them cap your speed at 2 mph. That’s actually a slower walk than most people are used to, therefore you may find it takes weeks to get into a groove.
  • You must have enough room in your office for both your treadmill desk and another desk. As ambitious as you might be, you can’t walk on a treadmill all the time!
  • Noise. Treadmills make noise, that’s no joke. Some of the more expensive office treadmills are low noise, but the person on the other end of that phone call will definitely know something is running in the background.

If You’re on the Fence…

  • Think about getting two! A good friend of mine and business owner, instead of giving her employees treadmill desks, reserved one office in her business for two treadmills. People use them regularly for “walk and talk” meetings with both internal and external partners.
  • Get outside! The point of a treadmill desk is to get more movement into your day. Take the time at least once a day to go for a walk outside the office. In addition, walk around your office at least 2-3 times throughout the day to stretch your legs.
  • Stand up! Walking is huge for your health, but standing can be equally as effective. If “sitting is the new smoking,” standing is your pathway to health. Grab a box, throw your laptop on top of it, and stand up.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."