A year or so ago, the SCBWI Bulletin ran an article on treadmill desks, written by authors Arthur Slade and Joëlle Anthony. Supposedly, what you do is walk on a treadmill while you’re writing (or surfing the web, or whatever). The idea struck me as absurd—I can hardly keep my place in a large-print book propped up in front of me that I’m trying to read while on a treadmill. How could I type? How could I even think?
|Homemade treadmill desk|
According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic came up with the treadmill desk as a way to get sedentary office workers (authors?) up and walking. But Slade and Anthony, among others, find that their productivity improves as well.
You can spend a lot of money on a sleek model, or make one yourself for $39, according to claims (I assume that’s in addition to the treadmill). I’ve found a few treadmills on Craig’s List for under $100, and the rest of the supplies do look pretty cheap.
According to yesterday’s New York Times, moving even a little bit makes a big difference in health and longevity. You don’t have to break a sweat to benefit. That particular fact isn't news, perhaps, but as it turns out, your brain also benefits.
Anybody use one? Please leave a comment!