The movement for an active working environment is gaining momentum. Walking and standing while working is being embraced by Fortune 500 companies, television networks, and legal firms. Even small churches like the one I work for are supportive of an active working environment.
With the explosion in consumer interest comes an explosion in commercial interest. My blog friend AB who writes AspiringBlogger.com recently sent me this article from BusinessInsider.com about a new high-tech standing desk. This beautiful desk has a thermal sensor that recognizes when you are at your desk and starts recording various health data about your work habits. The desk can transition from a sitting desk to a standing desk with a simple tap on the touchscreen control panel. The Stir Kinetic Standing Desk is a beautiful piece of minimalistic design and clean lines. It also costs $4,000.
The Stir Kinetic desk is designed for professional work environments where aesthetics are critical. My DIY treadmill desk would not work in a professional, open office setting. My online friends up in Seattle are the first adventuresome entrepreneurs to open a store where consumers can get ‘feet and and hands on’ with a walking or standing desk. WorkWhileWalking.com has a great website full of helpful information for those who work and walk. Their Seattle storefront is also a great help in breaking down the corporate barrier for active work stations.
I appreciate companies that are making polished, workplace friendly desks for walking and standing. I also appreciate the DIY enthusiast who is interested in building a DIY treadmill desk for their home or casual working environment. As Jay Yarrow points out, sitting at work is committing a form of long-term suicide.
I have been using my DIY treadmill desk for almost a year now. I have been tweaking and polishing my design over that time to make a one-of-a-kind workstation that is custom made for me. The final product is a good looking and functional workspace that has cost less than $200 total. It is still a work in progress, but after 500 miles of walking and working I have found it to be a great tool to boost my energy, productivity, and health. Just remember, healthy working doesn’t have to be expensive.