Would You Use a Treadmill Desk?

By Gerald Lynch on at

This one's got me stumped. I honestly can't figure out if this is brilliant or just totally, totally stupid. In an effort to get fit in a desk-bound life, would you consider investing in a treadmill desk?

Or a bike desk even? Both are being offered up by LifeSpan, which has a whole range of "Active WorkSolutions" to encourage you to squeeze just that little bit more exercise into your life, even if you find yourself constantly glued to a spreadsheet.

Finding time to keep active is an increasingly difficult problem these days, especially if your workspace is an office as opposed to a more physical environment. The same goes for our hobbies, with computer games and movies an easier entertainment fix than getting off of our arses and having a kickabout of going for a jog. It's a trend definitely mirrored in the amount of discrete wearable fitness trackers we've seen come out of CES this year -- many of us seem to be looking for a way to seamlessly slip fitness pursuits into increasingly-crowded lives. Whether working or (semi) relaxing, at least these desks mean we wouldn't have to miss that important work deadline or end-of-season cliffhanger, and still be able to go for a walk at the same time. (Note that the desks aren't designed for a full-on run).

They're not exactly pretty, and they don't come cheap (starting at £999.99), but if it was a toss up between getting fit this way and facing the inevitable ridicule that having one of these contraptions would surely bring, would you use one? [LifeSpan]