TrekDesk Treadmill Desk Review

TrekDesk Treadmill Desk Review

Overview

I’ve been walking on the TrekDesk for about a year.  After reading about how Dr. Levine’s experiences using a makeshift treadmill desk at the Mayo Clinic, I decided to try it out myself.  As a fitness enthusiast, I’m always looking for ways to sneak in some “free exercise” into my day.

I’m so glad I took this step (no pun intended)!  So I’ve decided to write a treadmill desk review.  It’s amazing how much more focused I feel when I’m working this way.  It’s easy to type on my computer, read (both onscreen and off), talk on the phone, and talk to colleagues (provided they come to my office)!  And it seems that conversations with co-workers tend to be a little more brief and to the point when I’m walking on the treadmill desk.  I’m not sure why, but I’m not complaining since like most of us I have a mountain of work to get done and I am always looking for a way to shorten my time in meetings!

I have also discovered a neat synergy between using a treadmill desk and wearing a smart pedometer like the Fitbit Ultra.  Since I’m constantly keeping tabs on my daily step count on my Fitbit, I often find that when my step count is low I’m even more motivated to hop on the treadmill desk and start walking while I work.  I’m always trying to get to 10,000 steps per day and it seems that the Fitbit combined with a treadmill desk is a great combo!

Below are the highlights from my review of the TrekDesk treadmill desk.

Features

  • Low cost (under $500 for the desk); add your own treadmill
  • Light weight
  • Large work surface
  • Lots of cup holders, document trays, etc.

Areas for Improvement

  • Can be challenging to reach the speed control on your treadmill
  • Fairly large and bulky
  • Not easy to adjust the height by yourself; you’ll probably need someone to help you
  • Needs a static grounding strap (I made my own and attached it to the treadmill; if you don’t do this you’ll get lots of built up static electricity)

Conclusion

Overall, this is a good starter treadmill desk.  You can order the TrekDesk for about $479 from TrekDesk.  You can combine it with a cheap treadmill like this walking treadmill for $349 on Amazon and have your own treadmill desk up and running without breaking the bank.

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