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Walking in the Workplace: Check out this Treadmill Desk

Update: Our treadmill desk was featured on CTV News! See 6Sers using the desk in this clip.

We were also featured in The Province newspaper on October 10, 2013.

Have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking. A recent TED Talk in Long Beach raised some alarming info: we’re spending more time sitting than we are sleeping! The effects of stereotypical office life — staying seated at meetings, long periods without movement, eating at our desks — are debilitating.

The TED Talk revealed the average person spends 9.3 hours sitting down daily, creating a sedentary lifestyle which contributes to 10% of the risk of breast and colon cancers, 6% of the risk of heart disease, and 7% of the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Not to mention hypertension and high cholesterol. Yikes! 6S is always working to improve our healthy workplace initiatives (we’re still loving the office juicer) and our next step was to invest in a treadmill desk. Why a treadmill desk? Here are some of the benefits:

    • Improved energy: Even a light stroll while working releases endorphins and increases overall circulation, contributing to alertness and improved mood. Maybe even enough to cut out that morning coffee…
    • Weight loss: Mayo Clinic researchers determined that if obese individuals walked at a treadmill desk for 2-3 hours a day instead of sitting, weight loss of over 20-30 kg. a year could occur. Check out Brian Slick’s blog to see how he lost over 40 pounds in a year by using a treadmill desk.
    • Customized regimens: A gentle stroll will take you through phone calls or working on the computer. You can pick it up to a brisk walk while watching webinars, answering emails, etc. Our treadmill has a Bluetooth component which corresponds with the FitBit system, making it easy to synchronize your progress. We have a Google Doc system in place for booking the treadmill in one-hour intervals. And even 15 minutes on the treadmill gets you a whole lot closer to the 10,000 daily steps recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General.

Looking to get your own treadmill desk? Our communal desk is the Lifespan TR1200-DT7 treadmill desk from Flaman Fitness, which is built to withstand shared usage. The desk is height-adjustable with an electric lift, fully supports a monitor, phone and keyboard, and has large armrests for stability.

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6S’s President Chris Breikss has combined his treadmill desk with a FitBit to track how little he was moving before and after. His goal is to walk 20,000 steps a day, and he aims to lose 30 lbs. in time for an Italian wedding late this summer.


Keeping fit will be so much easier now that we can stay active in the office. With progressive health initiatives like these, it’s no wonder 6S has been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers for three consecutive years!

Check out our Vine video to see the desk in action. It’s also on Instagram!

How are you staying healthy in your own workspace? Share your tips — we’re always looking for more.

Sarah Brown :Sarah is an MFA student at Concordia University. A talented creative writer, she provides blogging and copywriting services for 6S and our clients. Sarah enjoys playing the piano, doing yoga, and anything cat-related.

View Comments (13)

  • So awesome! What a great idea. Looks like a nice way to be nice to our bodies. Sitting all day is terrible for us.

  • I love my treadmill desk, its truly a life-changing investment.

    BUT I really recommend a 'sit-2-stand' desk (with a monitor arm) that allows you to sit when you want and walk when you want with only 30 seconds to switch.

    This way, you don't even have to think about it. You want a quick 10 minutes, easy. Without that ability, human laziness may take over and the thought of having to move all your stuff will keep you in your seat.

    • Hi Jordan,

      That's a great concept! Do you have a link to your desk brand? Luckily, we can access most of our work on the treadmill desk's computer, so we don't have to move much over - that might be a pain :)

  • Love it. You guys at 6s have ideas and guts to implement them.
    When you get tired of it and have no bed to put it under - you know where we are

  • Hey Guys,
    Thanks for this post. Love the photos. I just wanted to stop by and let you guys know about a new NextDesk product-- the NextDesk Fit. It's the first treadmill desk from NextDesk and it's unique because rather than offer the standard standing desk, it has an adjustable height desk, so no matter who is using the treadmill desk, it will fit their height exactly.
    Also have a wide selection of monitor arms to truly customize your ergonomic experience!
    Check them out: http://www.nextdesks.com/treadmill-desk
    Thanks for the post.

  • Very good idea. I couldn't believe the toll that sitting took on my body this past summer at my first "office job."

    I noticed that both Phil and John admitted that working at the treadmill desk takes some getting used to. I'd be interested to know how long that takes. I'm also inclined to think that walking while working could be a distraction when performing tasks that require a little more brain power? Definitely good for the afternoon crash though.

    • Hi Ben,

      Thanks for the question. The speed is adjustable so you can definitely vary your 'workout' to match whichever task you're doing. We've discovered it is best suited for tasks like phone calls, research, answering emails, etc. The more you use it, the quicker your body adapts!

  • Where can I get information on the treadmill desk. ie specifications, workplace results, costs, maintenance contracts etc.
    many thanks for an innovative concept in work/life balance!

    • Hi Douglas,

      We purchased our treadmill desk from Flaman Fitness (http://www.flamanfitness.com/). I'd recommend contacting them for information on cost and maintenance. In terms of workplace results, we've found energy levels and focus increases when using the treadmill. Maybe it's the kinesthetic variance that 'refreshes' our concentration. Hope this helps!

  • Do you find it hard to type while walking even at a slow pace? A friend of mine has a treadmill desk and he enjoys it but when I tried it I just couldn't seem to type properly with my whole body in motion.

    Maybe for casual surfing it could be useful or research? I just don't see myself walking through a whole essay...but who knows.

    • Hi Andrew,

      There's definitely a learning curve - it gets easier the more you use it. We find the treadmill desk is best suited for compiling data, phone calls, emails, etc. Maybe not the best for writing a whole essay - but more for the research beforehand!

  • Sarah for some reason i haven't bought treadmill desk. I bought Vartdesk adjustable height desk in the place of treadmill desk. Because i am web designer most of time my hands are working on keyboard & mouse. I think VertDesk also good for using as adjustable standing desk. I am using it from last one year, it has made a marked improvement on my productivity. But treadmill desk is also good to incearse productivity or loose pounds of weight by running on treadmill desk while working. Great post & explanation about treadmill desk.