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Treadmill Desk Workstation, DIY built it yourself for less money on the cheap!

Treadmill-Workstation, Do it yourself, DIY project.
Only took me 30 minutes!
How to turn your treadmill into a desk, really cheap.
Here is a fun music video by a group called OK Go, Most people call this video the treadmill music video or the treadmill dance!

This weekend I was watching T.V and I saw a news segment on this treadmill desk, workstation idea.
I have been working online since 1999, so my butt has being doing the slow spread of the desk bound.
I also have been gaining an average of about 1.6 pounds a year! (thank you fitday for helping me keep track of that.)

Of course you all know as we age, our metabolism slows down. I have found that to be very true.
I am not a huge eater and when I try to diet-no matter what the diet is, I suddenly must have- carbs, veggies, cake, candy, bread, cheese, you know whatever I am not suppose to be eating, I need and crave desperately.

I found dieting over the years has actually caused me to gain weight!

So when I saw this idea, I loved it.
I immediately got onto the web and started to check out “treadmill workstations, treadmill desks, treadmill at work” etc..
Well I found that guys treadmill desk and OMG, it cost’s $1,600!

Heck no, I think not.
I mean really, especially after I saw some of the homemade ones online.

I knew I could DIY (do it yourself) on this one. I could create or build my own treadmill desk.
I started wandering around my house eyeballing anything that might work.
Boards outside, old pictures from walls stored in closets, foam board, and bed trays.
I have always been very frugal, so I tend to keep things around a bit before I get rid of them.

Most of them were not wide enough. I needed something at least 35 inches across.
In the backyard, ready to take to the thrift store, I had this little student desk that no one
seemed to want to use in my house anymore. I think we bought it at Target or Walmart for around
$100.00. ( and only a few years ago, such waste!)
It looked perfect. I unscrewed the top and laid in on top of my treadmill. Then I used a few bungee cords to secure it.
The handlebars are 12 inches long and the desk is 23 inches down so it has about 9 inches hanging over the handlebars, it rests slightly up on the slope up to the controls.
It works like a dream. Slightly slanted and nothing is falling or tipping over at all. I have tons of room and
today was my first day using it and I walked 6 miles without even thinking about it.
I felt so energized and better at the end of the day.
I found talking on the phone no problem at all.
I actually had to kick up the speed a little to 1.3 miles an hour since the orginal .5-1 felt too slow as I grew used to it.
I know I am going to stick with this.
I was a waitress for 12 years and on my feet all the time and then after that the only exercise I have ever stuck to in my life was running, ( 2 miles a day, no more!) then I got shin splints and couldn’t run anymore.
I tried power walking for a year and had sciatica kick in and still have issues with that on and off.
Then I tried just walking a mile a day with my dog, and was bored out of my mind.
Plus I live on some very steep hills so it really isn’t very fun.

This treadmill work station is perfect for me.
I was already thinking of trying one of the stand up desks, since I am sick of sitting all the time.
This is for me! I fully expect to lose that nasty 15 pounds I have gained the last 10 years.

I got out my arm weights and did a few reps while reading the news online.
I was thinking-gosh you could design a whole exercise program for using the treadmill while you work. I tried walking backward for about 10 minutes and that felt good and used different muscles. I even tried sideways walking. Of course you cannot work while doing that.

Anyway I decided starting this website and blog would be a fun change of pace, since I do that for a living (

I would love to hear from anyone else trying this out or anyone who has their own ideas and cheap or frugal ways to build your own treadmill workstation.
Send me your stories and photos and I will post them online, ( with links back to your site if you want)
I will also be keeping track of my fitness and weight loss and sharing it online here with you.

Here is a great video utilizing the treadmill, I love this!

UPDATE- Many people have contacted me for more images and more directions.

Basically all you need to do it make sure you secure whatever desktop you decide to use to your treadmill.
Also one person asked me what to do if you want to sit down. What we ended up doing was placing a semi tall stool on the treadmill and sitting on that while working.  Just make sure you don’t turn on the treadmill!

Music video by OK Go performing Here It Goes Again (The Treadmill Video)


10 Responses to “Treadmill Desk Workstation, DIY built it yourself for less money on the cheap!”

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    melissa grace:

    Hi. I am a reporter with the New York Daily News. I am writing a story for tomorrow (Saturday) about people who used treadmill desks. I am hoping to talk to you. If you could send me your number or call me at 212-210-1558 I’d be grateful. Thanks Melissa Grace

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    I am in Athens Greece – finally i dont have to be called crazy anymore for working many hours on my treadmill with my laptop on it! I started last year, because of my bad knee, i needed some excersize but didnt have time for it!
    i found a piece of wood – to tell you the truth it was a spare IVAR shelf from the famous IKEA shelfsystem,
    and it matched perfectly to my treadmills arms.
    I felt it was a great opportunity..

    Im happy that other people have found it excellent too.
    I did walk even with a raised treadmill (uphill) and do all sorts of work,…. (the same posture as you do step but instead of holding the “arms” of the tread mill, you type an email! superb! but also slow walking.

    10 kilometers without sweating, without having to go to the gym or interrupt work – no lost time – just perfect.

    the day just has 24 hours, why not gain more time, combining two usefull and necessary things together?

    now im convinced i need to take it a step further and build a real desk, so that i dont need to be afraid what if i accidentaly kick the wood somehow and the laptop flies off!

    keep going and keep spreading the word!

    “worktreading” (hope you like the word) is IN and will stay! hey we need to find a word that describes the action not only the desk! workmilling treadworking i dont know!

    bye bye!


    Athens Greece Europe

  3. 3
    Get Your Workout in the Boardroom « Adventures in Wellness:

    […] those of you who are interested in creating your own walking workstation, I found an online DIY treadmill desk. While actively working, I recommend walking on the treadmill workstation at a pace of about 2 mph. […]

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    Is there a tread mill that you would recommend for the tread mill desk? THe better tread mills are for running and I don’t want spend a bunch of money for running tread mills for walking. thanks

  5. 5
    Workstation treadmill | Infinityservic:

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    Linda Lee:

    Did you look at the main post? Which literally shows you all the photos and I explain how I set this up.

  7. 7

    Interesting stuff. The real crunch for most of us will be finding the right treadmill. If you ever find a clear winner, please post the info. Everybody wants to sell treadmill$$$$, and nobody bothers reporting on/reviewing the budget end.
    Looking at your setup i don’t understand how you could use it [treadmill console/control panel is mounted BEHIND where computer/display would go]!?
    Another pt: which i can’t see be implemented but… It turns out that walking and running on irregular surfaces is a lot better for you than on flat surface [exercises different muscles].


    T-shirt seen on buxom young woman: “Don’t stare! Grow your own!” [the bemusing part, it was on a tight sweater… look! No, don’t look. No look!….]

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    Reverter Diabetes:

    Hello there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

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    Alexandra K.:

    Is there a treadmill that you would suggest for the treadmill desk? THe better tread mills are for running and I do not wish spend a bunch of cash for running walk mills for walking. many thanks

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