Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’d like one of these treadmill desk workstations in my home or office, where can I buy one?
A: Treadio’s sister company, iMovR, manufactures a wide variety of standing desks, treadmill desks and other active furniture products. See www.imovr.com for more information.
Q: How many hours at a time should one use the treadmill desk?
A: This depends on how well conditioned you are to working at a treadmill desk. To start out, we recommend not using it for more than 30 minutes at a time, and to alternate frequently between walking, standing and sitting. Add 10 minutes to each walking session with each passing day. Most people find that walking session times of 60 to 120 minutes are perfect, and long-time treadmill deskers will spend 5 to 6 hours per day in this mode, mixing in sitting and standing as often as possible.
Q: What is the optimal keyboard angle for comfort & typing speed?
A: First, be sure to watch the video on the Home page to see how easily the keyboard platform incline can be adjusted. In general, steeper keyboard inclines will lead to reduced muscle strain in the hands, arms and shoulders, improved comfort, and faster and more accurate typing, especially at higher walking speeds. If you’re a touch typist you can go even steeper and gain even more comfort and productivity.
Q: What is the proper walking speed to set the treadmill to?
A: Most users find that somewhere between 1.2 mph and 1.6 mph is ideal, however any speed between 1.0 mph and 2.0 mph is within the normal range. The speed limit on this treadmill is set to 2.5 mph. Keep in mind that the goal is to get movement while working, not to get cardio exercise. If you find that you’re building up a sweat, then you’ll want to lower the speed to keep your heart rate in a lower zone. Everyone has their own particular preference for walking gate when using a treadmill desk, and it can vary depending on the shoes you are wearing, your energy level, and even time of day. Experiment with different speeds to find your sweet spot.
Q: What are the benefits of working while walking?
A: After too many hours of sitting at desks, in meetings, while commuting, in restaurants, and watching TV, the best thing to counteract the effects of “sitting disease” is to walk at a mild pace that allows you to also get your work done. Treadmill desks are designed specificaly for low-speed walking – slow enough to allow you to type on the computer and talk on the phone, but not so fast as to cause you to break into a sweat. It is a saunter, or a stroll, not cardio exercise (that’s important too, but leave that for the gym or for the outdoors, when you don’t have work to get done). Walking at these moderate speeds raises your basal metabolic rate (resting heart rate), bringing more oxygen to the brain (improving focus and productivity), increasing your stamina and energy level, and bringing relief to sore feet, leg and back muscles. When done regularly, the increased metabolic activity also yields reductions in weight, blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, blood glucose and stress. Best of all, working while walking has been shown to improve mental outlook and extend life expectancy.