I have pulled everything together to have a treadmill desk to use for work and exercise at the same time.
Now, for anybody who is not familiar with a treadmill desk, it’s a way to get some work done while walking. Some people build attachments to their treadmill, as well as free-standing desks to go up and over the treadmill.
Since I’m not particularly handy, I relied on things that were available to purchase, and I’ll share all of the items I assembled to have a comfortable, productive environment for walking and working.
The treadmill desk is set up in an area of my garage with a TV used as a monitor, desktop computer pulling in WiFi, wireless keyboard and mouse.
Next up is the computer. Some people work with a laptop on their treadmill desk. I sweat a lot and didn’t want to kill my laptop, so I got a new computer (Dell Inspiron 560) that would sit far from my sweat.
I got the slim-tower version with Intel Pentium dual-core E5800 (3.20GHz, 2MB); 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 3X2GB, integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500; and 500GB NCQ Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache.
One thing it didn’t come with was the ability to pull in a WiFi signal, and I don’t have a hard Internet connection in the garage. So I got a little USB network adapter (Cisco-Linksys WUSB54GSC Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster).
I’ve got the computer sitting on a little fridge near my treadmill desk – I need my cold water!
That’s a little iPod stereo thing on the top, so I can play podcasts, music, and audiobooks when working.
Finally, I use a 32″ LCD HDTV for a monitor (LG 32LD350 32-Inch 720p 60 Hz LCD HDTV).
The TV/monitor is mounted to the wall with a bracket that swings out with a tilt and swivel articulating arm (CheetahMounts 32″-55″ LCD TV Wall Mount Bracket), so it can be comfortably positioned for either the treadmill desk or elliptical machine.
I connect the TV/monitor to the computer with an HDMI Audio Video Cable that is 6 feet long.
This setup enables me to do any of the tasks I usually would do at my desk, and once I had all of the pieces, it was easy to get everything up and running.
I started out walking 4 miles per hour with the treadmill desk, but I found that it was too brisk to get things done with accuracy.
I played around with various speeds while working, and I brought it to around 3.5 miles per hour to keep moving, but still do everything I do at my old, wooden sit-down desk.