Change your life!

Want to lose up to 57 lbs in one year?
Can’t find enough time to get to the gym?
Spend lots of time in front of a computer?

If you answered Yes, Yes and Yes, then welcome to the solution…the Treadmill Desk.

Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic came up with the idea of a “Treadmill Desk”. The idea is to slowly walk on a treadmill while working at a desk built around the treadmill…a Treadmill Desk.

Dr Levine’s research revealed that on average his subjects burned 100 extra calories every hour while walking slowly, less than 1 mile per hour, at a Treadmill Desk.

Dr. Levine believes that if individuals were to replace 8 hours a day of sitting at their “normal” desk with a Treadmill Desk, and if other components of energy balance were constant, a weight loss of 57 pounds a year could occur.

What you need: (1) an old used treadmill (2) $39 to build the desk and (3) the desire to change your life.

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Update: The Treadmill Desk really works! For 10 years I had been trying to lose 10 lbs with absolutely no success (I actually gained 5 lbs during those 10 years). After just four months of working/walking at my office Treadmill Desk, I lost 16 lbs! Now I have the wonderful problem of trying to eat more every day. Details below in “Is it possible to walk Across America…” Jay Buster

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24 thoughts on “Treadmill Desk: Lose 57 lbs in One Year…Really!

  • June 7, 2007 at 3:40 pm


    Hey, this is a terrific site!

    You’ve pieced together quite an extensive look at the Treadmill Desk.

    Congratulations on putting your own Treadmill Desk together – I have the same lack of functional skills as you, so I’m impressed.

    Thanks again for the great information,


  • June 26, 2007 at 6:07 am

    Great work putting this site together. It’s really NEAT to see other folks’ treadmill desks.

    I’ve had mine since early September ’06 and have lost 32 pounds so far.
    As a bonus, my wife is much more accepting of my time on the computer now :-)

    Feel free to add the pictures of my treadmill desk to your site.

    Alexander K. Gunkel

  • July 12, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    A treadmill desk is a very innovative idea. This eliminates the excuse of not having enough time to exercise.

  • January 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Do you think a self powered treadmill would work? I was leaning this way to reduce noise in the office.

  • January 24, 2008 at 12:18 am

    RE: self powered treadmill

    I have no idea if that would work (actually I’ve never seen a self powered treadmill).

    I really don’t think noise would be an issue with a normal treadmill in an office.

    Jay Buster

  • February 8, 2008 at 7:59 am

    You should mention the net runner on your site as well. I got their product and it is working great so far. and it was only $99.

  • February 12, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Net Runner looks awful. I can feel the carpal tunnel in my wrists develop just by looking at it. I like the quotes by “Bob Greene” and “Mehmet C. Oz, M.D”. about “walking” is the site trying to imply that they endorse the product?
    I would write off “Anonymous'” comment as spam.

  • February 29, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Hi Jay,

    I’m just getting into walking while working. But I thought this would be a great topic to build a social network around. I’d like to invite everyone to join me at

    Best Regards,

    Brad Rhoads

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Just awesome. I must get one of these to combine two of my favorite activities. Thanks.

  • March 24, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve been thinking about a treadmill desk for a little while now, but since I program for a living the keyboarding speed might be an issue.

    I recently ordered an alternative keyboard that might help called the AlphaGrip, it looks like a game controller and integrates a keyboard and mouse. Their site even has a movie using the keyboard on a treadmill.

    I should get my alphagrip soon and see if it is usable for programming. If it is, maybe I’ll try on a treadmill.


  • April 18, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Does anyone know where the cheapest price is for the Sit-to-Walkstation by Steelcase? And if the price is likely to drop any time soon? I’m short and I can’t imagine just propping something up on the arms of the treadmill–I can feel the damage to my neck, upper back and wrists just thinking about it. I’m also not handy enough to build something, and like the idea of being able to move it up and down if I choose to sit for awhile.

  • April 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I know Shimon loves his treadmill desk!

    Heck, if the health insurance companies gave us a break on premiums, we’d make them mandatory at work :)

  • April 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I like this idea, but are we sure that 8 hrs. a day of walking is the solution to losing weight?

    I would like to see some information on how long it would take reach that level of exercise and what you would wear to the office while doing so.

  • April 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    @dan You walk at about 1 MPH and burn about 100 cals/hr. I’ve been at it for about a month, working on my treadmill desk 2-3 days/week. I’ve lost 6 lbs so far.

    You can wear what ever you normally wear. You will get warm, but not sweaty at that pace. Probably want walking shoes, but I think I could get by wearing my Comfortechs.

  • May 22, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I am trying to set up a clone of my 2-monitor extended desktop to use on a treadmill desk next to my sit-down desk.

    I am running Vista on a Dell Optiflex 745 with a 305 w PS. I purchased a second video card so that I have 2 Radeon X1300/X1550 cards with DVI-59 Y outputs. All the monitors are the same aspect ratio and resolution (Dell 1907FPV and Samsung Syncmasters)

    I have been using 2 simple block Y splitters each driving 2 monitors from one leg of each of the two cards. That initially worked well accept that the left monitors do not show up on a fresh boot of the system, unless I start up with only one of the left monitors connected to the card. Once I get the extended desktop working I can connect up the left Y splitter and connect both left monitors successfully. If I reboot I have to go through the whole thing again. Lately the left side pair of monitors will go black after about 10 minutes. The right side monitors seem to work well on the Y splitter, but one will start flickering and flashing off and on.

    I purchased 2 amplified DVI splitters (Dylink DVISP104A) (
    and tried using them, one per card, in place of the Y splitters. This setup boots OK, but flashes off and on continuously on both sides, all monitors.

    I tried the Ultramon beta for Vista, but it does not yet support cloning monitors (mirroring).

    I thought this would be simple, but it is not. Can anyone help?

    Stuart Strand

  • July 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    That would be the ultimate solution for me. No more time problems just workout when you work.

  • July 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I’m thrilled to have found your site. I fell in love with this idea when I saw it in a health magazine earlier this year. This gives me some options for configuring a treadmill desk for myself. Thank you for sharing your information, and the fact that you have had this set-up for a while and that it works for you.

  • August 1, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Interesting; I know there are portable pedals you can stick under your desk or other places (i.e. a portable exercise bike), although I’ve heard they’re not really effective. Has anyone combined a real, full size exercise bike with a desk? Might be more comfortable and natural than standing while you work/study.

  • August 2, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    sdc, it’s been done with a ‘bent exercise bike:
    This has it’s own share of problems (e.g. no mouse on that sloped surface!)

    I’m not at all sure how well it would work with a conventional bike. I ride quite a bit but I also have found that getting off the saddle at regular intervals is a good thing.

    Personally I think the extra range of motion of the bike would be a detriment to keeping focused on work (though I suppose going with really short, say 125mm, cranks would ease that some.) It wouldn’t hurt the thought process – I love to noodle problems while I’m riding – but it wouldn’t be as mechanically simple for me as walking.

  • September 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    This is so amazing, AMAZING I tell you! I am going to have my husband build me one…but first I need to buy a treadmill!

  • October 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Another option is to use an adjustable-height desk (full disclosure: we sell frames for them) and a small stair-stepper. Gives many of the same benefits, but w/quite a bit more flexibility.

    Really cool you have posted this! Could help awaken lots of people to the possibilities beyond just sitting all day! : )

    For reference, if our frames could be of use to someone, they are here:

    Also, a mini-stepper that some of our customers have used, is here:

  • October 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Self powered treadmills may be the way to go, If being used in a large scale call center the energy generated could actually power the computer and other things while the treamill is in use conserving electric, then going switching back to electrical power when the treadmill is stopped, not only are workers healthier but the business can save money and energy at the same time.

  • January 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Jay,

    Can you post the specs of your treadmill when it arrives? (Height of arms, etc.) I am having the same one delivered and would like to get a head start on the desk.

    Thanks Jay!

  • April 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Jay,

    Congrats on achieving your goals! I’m trying to get off the post pregnancy pounds and also trying to heal my back (I’ve found walking is the only thing that works so far) So I set up my own walkstation to walk on while I work.

    Here’s me on the Treadmill Desk Video Feel free to use it in your site, if you’de like ;)

    Keep Strutin your stuff


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