Treadmill Desk wwww.tony


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Top Executive Coach Tony Mayo details the why and how of the treadmill desk he built for his office.

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  1. 1. Why & How I Made My Treadmill Desk<br />
  2. 2. I read in Scientific American about the mounting evidence that many health problems and premature deaths were attributable to too much time spent sitting.<br />I am concerned about my clients’ health so I included it in my blog.<br />
  3. 3. Just a few days later, a client told me about treadmill desks. There is a doctor at the Mayo Clinic (not a relative, unfortunately) who is a great proponent of walking while you work.<br />The New York Times wrote about him.<br />
  4. 4. I like being healthy and I like working with tools, so I set out to build my own treadmill desk.<br />I bought a Sole model F63 treadmill for $1,000.<br />
  5. 5. I started by jury rigging an old desktop I happened to have from the Container Store. $79<br />Mine has square edges but if I were buying new I would get this one with more comfortable rounded corners. $179.<br />I propped it up with C-clamps and scraps of metal to experiment with height and angle.<br />
  6. 6. The desktop is 54” wide and 24” deep, so it is a bit wider than the treadmill.<br />I am about 6’1”. Experimentation brought me to a desk height of 44” above the walking service for the front. I wanted a slight incline so the back is 2 ½” higher.<br />The goal is to have your wrist straight or bent slightly downward when you are using the keyboard.<br />
  7. 7. I put my computer monitor on top of a four-drawer filing cabinet. This placed it about 40” away from my eyes and that is a more comfortable reading distance than most desks provide.<br />I also set Windows to increase the size of everything 125% because I am well past age 40.<br />
  8. 8. After walking several hours a day for about a week I felt comfortable with the position of my equipment, so I decided to make the desk more permanent.<br />I cut 1” stainless steel U-channelto length and drilled holes for the bolts. By tightening the bolts I was able to secure the uprights without drilling or altering the handles of the treadmill.<br />13”<br /> 6”<br />
  9. 9. 8.5”<br />
  10. 10. I filed the edges and corners of the steel uprights, of course. To give an extra level of protection to my skin and clothes I coated all the edges with plastic dip. <br />Fantastic stuff.<br />Be sure to use it outside or near an exhaust fan.<br />
  11. 11. I also put the plastic dip on the galvanized steel mending plates used to support the back of the desktop.<br />You can get mending strips at Amazon or any good hardware store. Even Home Depot.<br />
  12. 12. The plates happen to rest on the console of the treadmill at just the right height. I gave them a little twist in the vice to compensate for the slope of the console.<br />
  13. 13. Mending Straps<br />Stout Screws<br />
  14. 14. Two stout screws on the underside of the table top fit inside the U channel uprights to keep it from moving side to side. Gravity handles the rest.<br />I put black tape on the screws to stop me from sending them through to the other side.<br />
  15. 15. That is the story of my treadmill desk.<br />I wish you good luck & good health with yours.<br />