Blogging on Branding and Marketing from a Treadmill Desk

by Chris Brown on Sunday, September 13, 2009

treadmill desk full view angle computer keyboard and mouse
Thanks to the idea of a treadmill desk, brought up a few months ago at one of Norma Rist’s  Akron Boardroom meetings by Leslie Carruthers, I’m now blogging while burning calories. I finally got my treadmill desk up and running walking. Check out the photos below to see how I set it up!

I write this at comfortable 1.8 mph. You can click on my photos posted on Flickr to see them bigger and read more info about how I did it and what I’m going to change about the set up.

Video of interest:

treadmill desk keyboard mouse and computer

keyboard and mouse  treadmill controls and monitor

treadmill desk side angle

4/19/2011: It works. I’ve lost lots of pounds and now make it a habit to spend about 1/2 to 1 hour a day on it. I either read email, watch how to videos, facebook or edit videos on it. Makes the time fly by. And I am comfortable now at a 2.1 pace.

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Ivana Taylor Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Hi Chris -

I’ve heard of this treadmill desk and think it’s a fantastic way to get some work into your workout.

I’m wondering how you’re finding the multi-tasking of writing and walking at the same time? Do you find ideas come quicker or better because you are moving or do you find your mind split while trying to walk and type at the same time?

Craig Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm

You’re in some good company Chris! Brad Feld, well known blogging VC built something similar so that he could train for marathon running.

I love this idea wish I could implement it in my office!


Chris Brown Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Ivana: I think the ideas are a bit slower because of the multi tasking. It might seem quicker but takes me longer to execute.

Craig; Cool website. But I can’t believe he’s comfortable doing any work at 3.6 mph… 1.8 or 1.9 is about as fast as I dare, so I don’t misstep.


Robert Hruzek Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:30 am

Chris, this looks like a great idea, but I’m one of those folks who has trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time. I’d probably end up in the hospital… :-(

Chris Brown Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:29 am

Well, after 2 months of this, I must say my speed has improved so that I’m comfortable at 2.5. Most of the “work” has been playing video games though, not the blogging that I thought it would be. Resizing photos and links are more difficult because I make typos and have to delete more. A few times I’ve actually tried running at about 3.5 or 4 but it’s way to hard to concentrate or enjoy.

Probably the best thing is just comfortable walking, so it becomes natural, which is at about 2.5 while working on the computer right now.

Chris Brown Friday, March 19, 2010 at 5:45 am

You definitely have to start slowly. My treadmill is old and has a lot of motor noise, so not very practical for a “real” office… but good for the “at home office” when I check personal email and do my blogging before going into the office.

Deborah Shapiro Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

I love that idea. I spend so much time behind the computer that I try to take exercise breaks. So do you have two computers or is this in your office?

Chris Brown Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Deborah. I have a different computer for the office… This is an old computer (a 2003 Dell) that I didn’t have the heart to throw away. It is set up in the spare bedroom that used to be my son’s room before he grew up. Chris

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