Treadmill Desk Frequently Asked Questions
Most of the tasks you normally perform at your conventional desk can be done while using one of our activity stations. We recommend that you start with the easiest tasks first such as talking on the phone, participating in conference calls and using the web. You will find that resting your forearms on the desk will keep you centered and stable. At first you might find that typing is more difficult but about after 2-3 sessions typing becomes natural as well. On a treadmill desk you can also touch the Pause button at any time to write notes or other tasks requiring less movement and your treadmill desk becomes a stand-up desk.
Absolutely, our Manual Height Adjustment desk and Electric Height Adjustment models are designed to accommodate people requiring a wide range of adjustments. Anyone between 4'10" to 6'8" will comfortably fit within the adjustment range of our desks.
If your using your own Adjustable Height Desk with the DT3 Console, remember that the treadmill adds 6” to your height. Make sure the Adjustable Height Desk you select will work for you with this additional height.
Hours of use is a general rule of thumb on how many hours of regular daily use the Treadmill or Bike is designed to handle. Components like motors, walking belts and bearings tend to wear over time. To support higher daily use we incorporate higher quality and of course more expensive components. Don’t be concerned about occasionally walking more than the recommended daily use, but if you expect to do this on a regular basis you may want to consider a higher end model.
For a treadmill desk we use a 100% silicone lubricant on the bottom of the walking belt. This is to reduce the friction between the back of the walking belt and the top surface of the deck. Over time, and depending on usage and environmental circumstances, the silicone tends to dissipate and dry out. We recommend lubricating the TR800 and TR1200 models every 3 months. The TR5000i is designed to require minimal maintenance but lubricating once a year will help reduce friction. Periodically we recommend inspecting the walking belt to make sure the belt is properly centered on the deck. If the belt is off center and starting to rub on either side follow the directions in the Owners Manual to adjust the belt position.
Yes. We designed the treadmill desk to be used in an office with co-workers nearby and we never hear that the noise from the treadmill is an noise issue. The decibel level depends on the speed: 1 mph is 47 dB, 2 mph is 50.1 dB, 3 mph is 54.2 dB and 4 mph is 59.8 dB.
Picking the right shoes, however, is important. Walking in heels or shoes with hard soles in not recommended. The sound from the foot strike on the deck can be distracting when heels or hard sole shoes are worn. Walking style will also have an impact. If you don’t pick your feet up properly and drag your foot on the belt with each step you will hear a distinct sound that can easily be eliminated by paying attention to how you walk.
Our treadmills have an audible safety alert to notify the user when the Treadmill is starting, as well as when the speed is being adjusted. You may find this alert distracting in an office setting. To turn this feature on and off, get into engineering mode by simultaneously pressing and holding the Stop button first and then the speed Up button until F001 shows in the display. Press the down arrow on the console until F015 shows in the display. Next, press enter until either “on” or “off” appears in the display. Now press the down arrow to turn the audible alert off or the up arrow to turn it on. To finish, press enter and remove and re-install the safety key.
Note: Turning the audible safety alert off will also disable the alert for Intelli-Guard.
The treadmill desk does not have an incline feature. If it did, then the correct height of the desk would be altered during incline and would affect the user's ability to productively work. Remember, the treadmill desk is not a substitute for daily exercise. It is designed specifically to combat the hours we spend sitting.
Find shoes that are comfortable that you would normally use for walking. Also consider that hard sole shoes and shoes with heels tend to make more noise when the heel hits the deck. If you’re around others we really recommend a good soft sole shoe.
Each person is different so there is not a single recommendation for walking speed. We recommend speeds between 1.4 and 2.2 MPH. Start slow and as you get more comfortable you’ll find you naturally want to increase the speed.
We don’t have our own recommendations for daily activity but we do support the 10,000 steps a day recommendations by the US Surgeon General, American Heart Association, and many other organizations. This is one of the reasons we’ve built a step counter into every treadmill desk and also count total revolutions on our Bike Desk app as an equivalent to steps. Step counting is a simple measure that everyone can relate to and measure.