Thinking about buying a treadmill desk? There exists a hierarchy of events involved in a decision to buy one that ultimately leads to the search for the cheapest means of acquisition. This is a natural progression since treadmill desk pricing ranges from the DIY materials cost to more than $5,000 for upper end models.


The first stage of the decision process usually involves quite a bit of research to determine whether this walking at work is something one truly wants to pursue. 


Are the touted benefits real? The reports in the news and from review sites seem to run the gamut from amazing health and productivity benefits to the opposite end of the spectrum - with some speculating this is just a fad and even a waste of time.


We have reported on many TrekDesk users who have lost more than 50-70 lbs and some of these users have been prominently featured in magazines and on major network news. Studies have shown productivity boosts of 15%-30% with creativity measuring even higher results. Science is recognizing that moving throughout the day reduces the risk of almost every disease category, improves mood and in general keeps the body and mind in top form.


A review of any study that is contrary to these measures ultimately reveals a flaw in the study, either too few participants or too little time to adjust to the use of a treadmill desk. Scientists have long known of the incredible curative powers of walking and at its core this is all a treadmill desk really is – a walking facilitator.


Stage Two reflects the average users thoughts once they are convinced of the health benefits but are still not sure about the practicality of walking throughout the day. This is the feasibility stage. This is the stage that most employers focus on to deny the admission of the moving desks into the office.  Users typically want to know if they are going to sweat, smell, tire, lose their breath, fall, annoy their co-workers, or break the bank to own one.


Keep in mind that while the average walking speed is about 3 miles per hour walking out to lunch or down the hall, walking on a treadmill desk is usually at a speed of only 1-1.5 mph. No one sweats or smells as a result of walking down the hall and there is no reason to worry that this will occur at speeds 1/3 – ½ the normal walking speed. The same goes for breath control.


How can anyone walk all day you wonder? Well, first of all, if you have been sitting most of your life do not think you can immediately start walking 8-10 hours without experiencing some issues. Like any physical activity, walking has to be eased into. We recommend adding in no more than 15 minutes more each day than what you are normally used to doing. Before you know it your body will crave movement and you will not want to sit.  Everyone is different however so pay close attention to your body’s cues and ease into the process.


As for falling, while most treadmill desks have only one touch point in the front, the design of the TrekDesk has support points in 3 areas (front, left and right sides) that envelope the user and we have never had a reported case of anyone falling while walking at their treadmill.


Regarding the annoyance of co-workers this should be a non-issue provided the treadmill is of recent vintage and has been well maintained. Most are whisper quiet in application making much less noise than the average HVAC systems in an office.


This brings us to the next and most often asked question by those convinced that a treadmill desk would be a good fit into their daily life – how much is the cheapest treadmill desk going to cost?


At $499 delivered, the TrekDesk is still the least expensive full sized, height adjustable treadmill desk on the market today. In fact, in regards to surface area- it is still the largest desk in this category today with a price increase of only $20 in the past seven years.


Being Frugal at the Office 

That said there are still cheaper treadmill desks. Our original conception came from simply laying a Rubbermaid top over the arms of a treadmill. Not very stable or particularly functional but it kept a laptop level and cost about $10 (not including a treadmill). The do it yourself (DIY) path, if you are handy, can deliver a less expensive alternative depending upon your exact needs. If you read the Amazon reviews on the TrekDesk you will find however a number of DIY innovators that eventually traded their design in for the economy and features of the TrekDesk.


In the end, cheap is in the eye of the beholder. If a board across the top of a treadmill suits your needs and allows you to walk all day while you work it is still a far cry better for your health than sitting in a chair all day.


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