Spending too much time at your desk sitting (even if you do get the
recommended 30 minutes a day of exercise) leads to obesity, diabetes,
heart disease and even cancer. This is a bold statement, but the reality
is that our bodies simply are not designed to sit for extended periods
Sitting all day while we work, or more commonly called "having a
sedentary lifestyle," has only recently become a trending topic in
health and fitness, but studies of the affect of sitting while working
vs. standing (and moving) while working date back to the mid-twentieth
century. In a Men's Health article she recounts a British study published in 1953 where
scientists examined two groups of workers: bus drivers and trolley
conductors. The bus drivers were more likely to sit down for their
entire day, the trolley conductors were running up and down the stairs
and aisles trolleys. As it turned out, the bus drivers were nearly twice
as likely to die of heart disease as the conductors were.
Marc Hamilton, Ph.D. from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center
has labeled this area of science "inactivity physiology." He found that
when the leg muscles are not used for a few hours, our levels of the
enzyme lipoprotein lipase (LPL) drop off severely. This protein's main
role is to break down fat in the bloodstream to use as energy. He states
simply, "humans sit too much... the cure for too much sitting isn't
more exercise. Exercise is good, of course, but the average person could
never do enough to counteract the effect of hours and hours of chair
Increased risks of heart disease and obesity are just a couple of
the health hazards related to a sedentary lifestyle. Lower back and hip
pain, poor balance and mobility are also associated with prolonged
periods of sitting. The list of ailments caused by too much sitting goes
on to include higher risks of diabetes, depression and even cancer.
Christine Friedenreich, an epidemiologist at Alberta Health
Services/Cancer Care suggests that her research has found that
inactivity is linked to an additional 37,000 cases of cancer. The
research that has been done in the last few years on the dangers of
sitting is nothing short of alarming. Sitting has become the new
The good news is that the solution is easy and quite natural just
reduce the amount of time spent sitting. Finding additional time in a
hectic work day for more exercise can seem impossible, but with the
LifeSpan Treadmill Desk taking the place of an office chair, not only
can you eliminate the inactivity in your workday but you will find that
you will have an increase in energy as well as productivity.
We won't take credit for inventing the Treadmill Desk we'll give
that credit to Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic. But we will take
credit for making a better mousetrap.
The TR1200-DT Treadmill Desk was designed around how you work. It
includes a sturdy work surface measuring 46.5" wide and 31" deep to
easily support your laptop, printer, computer display and other
electronics devices. The treadmill console is conveniently located in
the front of the desk so it doesn't take space away from the working
surface. For comfort and convenience, the TR1200-DT includes padded arm
rests to ensure lasting comfort, and clean cable management with a cable
tray tucked under the desk to store your cables.
The display panel shows distance traveled, calories burned, time
walking on the treadmill desk, and the Intelli-Step feature works like a
pedometer and counts steps taken while you're working.
Designed from the "Ground Up" is a term we have used to describe the
TR1200-DT. To define this term we need to first have a brief discussion
on how treadmills work from a mechanical perspective.
Treadmills are designed with a drive motor that is connected to the
front roller via a belt. The pulley on the drive motor is much smaller
than the pulley on the front roller to create a mechanical advantage. In
other words, this allows the motor to spin multiple times around for
every time the front roller spins. This works like the gears of a car.
The higher the ratio between the front roller and the motor, the more
power the motor can transfer to the treadmill belt and the easier it is
for the motor to pull you as a user while you're walking on the belt.
One of the challenges in designing a quality treadmill is having
strong torque at low speeds without causing the motor to run too fast at
high speeds. Most treadmills typically have maximum speeds in the 10-12
MPH range. If the gear ratio is too high, this will cause the motor to
spin at an RPM that will wear out the motor quickly, and this is where
the discussion on treadmill quality is often centered. Better quality
and larger motors will typically be able to have high torque at low
speeds and then more easily run within its recommended RPM at the
So when we say the TR1200-DT is designed from the ground up to be a
treadmill desk, mechanically this means we focused on optimizing the
torque of the motor at low speeds by increasing the pulley ratio between
the motor and the front pulley. In return, we reduced the maximum
walking speed to 4 MPH.
The result is a treadmill that can easily operate for hours at a
time at low speeds without overheating or creating excessive stress on
the motor and electronics.
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Desktop Height Adjustment
Comfortably fits users from 4'10" to 6'8" tall. Even at the highest setting, this table will remain stable. The desktop frame is unattached from the treadmill and stands alone, ensuring that any movement of the treadmill stays isolated and is not transferred to the desktop.
Large Walking Surface
With 6 impact absorbing compression shocks. This allows for an effortless walk allowing the user to focus on their work and not their workout.
Easy Access Console
Location, location, location! This console is perfectly located for easy access without taking away any of your desktop area.
Foam Injected Armrests
Add comfort and support to help avoid wrist fatigue in long work sessions. Great for the elbows to rest on, too!
Cable Management System
Lets you maintain a clutter free desk and keep cords out of the way. All monitor, phone and computer power cords can be safely stowed and protected.
Heavy Duty Workspace
1" thick composite board and durable laminate surface on a rigid steel frame. Large enough to hold all of your electronic devices and still have ample room for a drink and notepad. Rounded corners finish off the design not just for aesthetics, but again putting safety at the forefront of LifeSpan design.
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TreadmillBelt Size: 20" x 56"
Drive Motor: 2.25 HP High Torque Continuous Duty DC
Belt Type: 2-Ply
Speed: .4-4.0 MPH
Deck Suspension: Six Compression Shocks
Deck: 3/4" Phenolic with Brace
Side Rails: Non-Slip Plastic
Dimensions: 74" L x 47" W
Max. User Weight: 350 lbs.
DesktopDimensions: 31" x 46.5"
Height Adjustment: 36"-52" (supports users 4'10" - 6'8")
Desktop Materials: 1" Thick HD Composite Board
Desktop Surface: Durable Laminate
When using your treadmill desk there are several factors you should
consider to promote a healthy, safe walking and working environment.
Comfort is the key and the tips below will help maintain proper posture
while walking and working.
- Wearing comfortable shoes that provide proper support for walking
longer durations is a great place to start. Try to avoid open-toe and
other styles of shoes that will provide discomfort and fatigue over
- Establishing the ideal desk height with proper ergonomics is
critical for comfort, safety and a proper walking posture. Adjust the
desk height so that when your arm is down at your side, it is at the
same height as the treadmill's keyboard console. Selecting the proper
height adjustment will properly position the wrist during typing,
prevent soreness in the elbows and promote the body being in an active
and upright walking position. For those who want to mount a display to
the treadmill desk, position the display at eye level and, based on
preference, 18"-24" away from your face.
- When using a phone, it is strongly recommended that a "hands free"
solution is implemented. This will keep both hands free to work and
provide additional security and safety by freeing up hands to make any
necessary console adjustments. The treadmill desk offers ample working
surface area, so keep items that are used often within close proximity.
Is it hard to set up?
No. In fact, it is quite easy. The Treadmill Desk is actually two
separate units: a treadmill and a desk. The treadmill comes completely
assembled and ready to plug in. The desk is semi-assembled and can be
finished with just a few simple tools that are supplied. Attach the
cross-members to the legs, attach the desktop and plug into the
treadmill. That's it and you are ready to go. Complete assembly should
take about 15 minutes.
What type of work can be done on the Treadmill Desk?
Most of your daily tasks that you would normally do at a
conventional desk can be done while using the treadmill desk. The padded
armrests support and stabilize the upper part of your body in a way
that makes typing and web browsing surprisingly easy. Talking on the
phone is also an easy task and with a bit of practice, hand-writing
feels quite natural as well.
I'm very big and tall, can the height of the desk be adjusted?
Absolutely. We designed the treadmill desk with 18 different height
adjustments to ensure proper fit for anyone between 4'10" to 6'8" tall.
Besides the table height supporting taller users, we also made the
treadmill sturdy enough to support users up to 350 lbs. to support
people using it for weight loss.
Does the treadmill desk have an incline feature?
The treadmill desk does not have an incline feature. If it did, then
the correct height of the desk would be altered during incline and
would affect the user's ability to productively work. Remember, the
treadmill desk is not a substitute for daily exercise. It is designed
specifically to combat the hours we spend sitting. Sitting, or being
sedentary, for extended hours has been linked to numerous health risks.
Our bodies were made for movement and our goal in designing this was
focused on just that.
Should I get my doctor's permission before using the treadmill desk?
It's always a good idea to consult your physician when changing or
starting any physical activity. If you currently have a sedentary
lifestyle, then we advise starting out slow with limited use per day,
gradually increasing the hours of use as your body adjusts to less hours
sitting. Your doctor might not just give his permission, but also his
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