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How to make a Treadmill Desk by Colleen Doran


The resourceful Colleen Doran explains how she avoids the damage of sitting on your duff all day with a Treadmill Desk Details on how to make one in the post, as well as tips for using it:

I can read and write on it, but drawing is a no-go. This is fine. I still do my finances, and digital art on my 23″ screen Mac. But for emails, reading manuscripts, and writing blog posts like this one, I now do it on my treadmill desk. And I burn about 600 calories per day on it.

It’s also forced me to cut way back on web surfing. Now I am acutely aware of how much time I put in on this thing, because I feel it with every step. It’s easy for my family to catch me goofing off, too.

If we could blog on a treadmill we’d look like one of those Kenyan marathoners.


  1. I’ve had a similar set-up for years, though in my case I just went out and bought one of those plastic lap trays (its very similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/My-Place-Myplace-Notebook-Workstation/dp/B001CCTPLK/ref=sr_1_7?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1354810095&sr=1-7&keywords=laptop+tray), and by sheer coincidence it happened to fit perfectly over the top of the model of treadmill I have. It fits over the treadmill controls at a slight diagonal angle, but the lip is big enough to hold my laptop. Though Colleen’s solution is likely sturdier and safer, and allows for putting stuff other than a laptop on.

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