The LifeSpan treadmill desk seems to have found a nice niche in the increasingly popular world of treadmill desks. Steelcase is the Cadillac of the industry with their Walkstation treadmill desk. Unfortunately it comes with a Cadillac price as well ($4,399). At the other end of the market is the TrekDesk, which is only $589, but it doesn’t come with a treadmill (it’s designed to straddle most treadmills). The thinking is that you can buy your own inexpensive treadmill and save money.
Now there’s an option for someone who wants the convenience of an integrated treadmill desk, without paying almost $5,000 to Steelcase. The LifeSpan treadmill desk retails for $1,999, but you can find it on Amazon for $1,299. This treadmill desk has a nice control panel for adjusting the treadmill while at your desk (which is nice; it can be tough to reach the control on a standard treadmill when you have a laptop in front of you.) It also has specifically designed trays for holding your computer cables.
If you haven’t tried a treadmill desk, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. If you keep the speed slow (about 1 MPH) you can easily work on your computer, read, use the phone and do just about any normal office activity. And at that speed, you don’t sweat and you don’t need any special shoes or gear. It’s like getting free exercise while you work. For me, it feels like I’m more focused and can concentrate better when using one. And since you burn 100 calories per hour walking at this pace, it will help your waistline too!