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Monday, May 09, 2011

Treadmill Desk

I spend a lot of time at my computer.  An awful lot of time.  Probably far more than I should.

I also need to get healthy, and part of that is exercise.  A few years ago we bought a treadmill, but never quite used it very much.  I realised this was because it took time out of my day and I wondered if there was a way to combine the exercise with something I already do, so that it wasn't taking any extra time out of my day.  Then I discovered the idea of treadmill desks, both ones that you can buy and ones that you can make yourself.

From then on I was looking for a way to make this work for us.  Finally we did it!

This will only work on treadmills that have their arms a certain way.  Ones with really short arms, or arms that slope down more than this, will not work.  This is what we started with.

Then you will need a plank of wood or chipboard or whatever.  We used a piece that was in the shelving section in the DIY store.

You will also need tool storage clips.  These are designed for going on the wall in a shed or garage so that garden tools can be stored on the wall.

We put two on each side of the plank.  I marked the positions by putting the clips onto the arms of the treadmill, laying the plank over the top and then marking the position from underneath.  Just screw the clips on and you are ready to go.  Then turn the plank over so that the clips are underneath, hanging down place it over the arms and press down, the clips open up and grab onto the arms of the treadmill and the shelf is now quite secure, yet easily removable when you need to.  If you look back at that first picture you may be able to see the marks the clips have left on the foam on the arms of the treadmill.

Then all you need to do is set up your laptop and you are ready to walk and do your computer work at the same time.

I can walk at up to 5 km per hour and still check emails, facebook etc, although if I need to type a reply I will usually slow it down to around 4 and if it's a long email or complicated, I'll slow it down some more.

Most mornings I am on there for anything from 30 minutes to a whole hour and even do my daily bible reading on there some days too.


  1. This is soooo smart! I was just asking my Happy Hubby the other day, "Does this blog look good on my butt?" :-) Because it seems that all I do is sit anymore!!! Thanks for a great idea!

  2. Great idea! I've seen little contraptions like this before but never though of making one. Hope it works well for you!

  3. I did kind of the same thing to my treadmill but I used the coated wire shelving you put in closets and I bungee corded it on, it works great.

  4. Awesome! I so need to do this. I'd get so much more exercise done. Great idea!

  5. Simply brilliant!

  6. What an awesome idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  7. love it. totally doing this. I like to have something to look at. I could watcha movie or something.

  8. You made your own...brilliant!

  9. Ok, I need to do this, like, tonight! haha, I love this idea! I always try to read but the bar on the treadmill screen is never wide enough to hold anything. Thnks for the tute!

    Coley @

  10. Hi

    Are you still using this? Do you feel it has made you healtier, have you lost weight using this. As im thinking of using something like this to lose some weight?



    1. Yes we are still using this, although personally I am not using it as often as I should, other family members use it regularly. Maybe your email will give me the nudge I need to get back to it.
      I would say if you already have a treadmill, go for it, but if you're buying one specially, think carefully.


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