A treadmill desk may sound like something out of The Jetsons, but to more and more consumers, it’s becoming an essential part of their workspaces. In fact, even the USDA has jumped on board, as you can see in this series of videos entitled, Wellness at Work: The Steelcase Treadmill Desk and Ergonomics, which take us through the various features treadmill desks have to offer. A few key takeaways:

1) Desk treadmills don’t go over 2 miles per hour.

That’s because the goal of a walking desk isn’t to get a workout. It’s simply to keep your body moving through a variety of different positions, and to maintain a heart rate higher than it would be if you were sitting.

2) Desk height is easily adjustable.

Not surprisingly, the greater ergonomics of the treadmill desk are important. Height is a big part of that, as you don’t want to hunch or strain too far upwards — positions that will lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in your neck and back, as well as in your wrists and hands as you type. Unlike most desks, adjusting the height of the treadmill desk is as easy as punching an up or down arrow. The speed is just as easy to adjust. Of course, we highly recommend pairing the desk with an ergonomic keyboard as you walk to maximize the benefits to your body.

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3) Safety is paramount.

The treadmill desk has a safety clip that attaches to your clothes. Should you get distracted and stop walking or misstep, you’ll naturally pull at the clip, which will automatically stop the treadmill.

For more on the treadmill desk, we highly recommend watching the video below.

Have you ever given a treadmill desk a whirl? How did it go? Let us know in the comments below.