Treadmill Desk vs. Exercise Bike Desk

I am trying to decide between buying or building a treadmill desk or an exercise bike desk. Since I work from my home office, I don’t have the benefit of actually walking around much at all and thus don’t burn as many calories as I would actually having to walk to my car and walk to and from the office, which is something that most people probably take for granted. So if I’m not careful, I could easily put on a lot of weight even if I eat the exact same thing I always do and even if I do the exact same amount of exercise as I always do, simply because I don’t actually walk much further than my bedroom downstairs to my home office, the kitchen for lunch, and occasionally the bathroom which happens to be right next to my office, during a typical weekday.

So, I got the crazy idea to look into getting one of those sit down exercise bikes that have the computer monitors in front of them, like you find at the gym. That would be ideal because I would be sitting back in a comfortable position in which I could easily do hours worth of work while burning calories at the same time. The ones I found online were crazy expensive, but I saw some related products, such as the portable “bike” from Brookstone that you put under your desk, which looks like a piece of junk. Not to mention it requires a comfortable chair to use since I don’t find myself using my actual desk chair when I’m pedaling furiously. There are also exercise bike desks that have the regular stand up bike but I can’t imagine that would be too comfortable for a long period of time.

So, then I came across treadmill desks or “walking desks.” I didn’t realize how many people have had the same idea and there’s actually kind of a big market for these things. Some of them are thousands of dollars, which I’m not really looking for since I already own a treadmill, which I do use on a regular basis, just not when I’m actually working on the computer. I also came across several homemade treadmill desks that look intriguing so I may have to try those out. I just think I would only use it for an hour or so a day, mostly because I would be tired from standing up that long, haha. So we’ll see, I think I do need to do something though…

So, does anybody have any experience with treadmill desks or exercise bike desks? Or any other kind of office exercise tips to help keep me from gaining 20 pounds of disgusting flab? πŸ™‚


3 Responses to “Treadmill Desk vs. Exercise Bike Desk”

  1. Jules on December 11th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Hi, I have been working at home for 3 years and have put on 10 lbs a year since I started. I have to do something. I’ve been wondering why there aren’t some exercise bike desks out there. I think it’s a great idea. Have you made any progress in this area?

  2. Greg Bulmash on January 11th, 2011 5:38 pm

    Just ran across the fitdesk, which is an exercise bike with what seems to be some padding that goes over the handlebars to create a computer table. It’s a regular upright desk, so it doesn’t seem optimal.

    The issue with a bike desk is having it low enough when it’s close to you to put the keyboard at a comfortable level, but then rise to make room for your thighs and knees as they pump the pedals.

  3. mel on October 9th, 2013 11:31 pm

    I’ve heard the bike pedal things that go under your desk are bad for your spine and lower back in particular. It’s an unnatural position. THe treadmill desk is the best option of them all… or make a point of every time you have a drink or go to the loo then you MUST do 10 pushups or 20 squats. It’s a discipline that’ll help. Not that I do it most of the time!! πŸ™‚

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