Spend most of your day at a desk? We feel your pain (literally). Let’s make sitting while working a thing of the past. Sure, a standing desk is great for improving your posture, but those won’t help you get any closer to your goal of 10,000 steps every day. With a treadmill desk, you can walk and burn calories while you work.
Dan Gaz, a physical activity and assessment program manager at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minnesota, told Forbes that treadmill desks are a great way to incorporate more movement into normally sedentary situations, adding that “your low metabolism may be caused by your job, rather than your genes.” Exercise has also been proven to increase the production of neurochemicals and boost neuron numbers to improve memory and thinking abilities.
A treadmill desk is the perfect solution to help you achieve more movement throughout your workday. When you’re shopping for one, keep in mind that you can mix and match components. As long as your standing desk has a high clearance and no cross bars for added support, chances are it’ll work with an under-the-desk treadmill.
To make your search easier, we’ve listed our favorite under-desk treadmills. It’s worth mentioning that few include the treadmill and the desk, so you may need to pick and choose depending on your needs and budget.
LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill
This under-desk treadmill is meant to be used with a separate standing desk unit. By purchasing the two items individually, you can roll the treadmill out of the way and just stand on the floor at the desk when you need a break from walking. This treadmill includes a control console that can be placed on any desk, which features a USB charging port for your electronics. If you want a slightly more durable model, opt for the TR5000-DT3 or the commercial-grade TR5000-DT7 instead.
iMovR ThermoTread GT Desk Treadmill
This smart, under-desk treadmill is one of the few that not only tracks your walking, but also your standing and sitting times, too. It includes a touch-screen accessory that’ll help you keep tabs on your walking distance, speed, steps taken, calories burned, and more.
It’s incredibly easy to control and can be used for saving presets for multiple users’ preferred walking speeds.
WALKINGPAD A1 Smart Desk Treadmill
For those looking for a super-sleek treadmill that easily can slide under a couch after your workday is over, look no further than this option. It’s extremely compact, yet still reaches speeds of up to 4 miles per hour. With a minimum height of only 2 inches, and the ability to be folded in half, the treadmill received the Red Dot Design Award in 2019. Despite its thin size, it still features a sturdy frame made of stainless steel. Plus, its ultra quiet motor is perfect for an office setting.