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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doubling Your Time - Work While You Exercise

We know that stand-up meetings are more efficient and shorter than sit-down meetings. But how about meetings on treadmills? 

This picture from the New York Times shows managers at Salo, a financial staffing firm in Minneapolis, conducting business on treadmills in a conference room. 

According to Wikipedia, Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, came up with the idea of a treadmill desk as an alternative to sitting while doing computer work. Mayo Clinic studies found that if computer users worked while walking on the treadmill at less than 2 miles per hour, they could burn 100-130 calories an hour. A great alternative to sedentary computer work!  

You might see if your workplace would incorporate such an innovative, efficient, and healthy idea.

If that's not a possibility, you can still work and exercise at the same time, especially if you work from home. By walking slowly (1-2 mph), you are able to type on your computer, watch videos for work, read materials or email, and do other tasks. 

You can buy treadmills already equipped with a desk for up to $4500. The one below is around $1300. 

If you already have exercise equipment, you can attach this $39 device to many machines to hold your laptop or iPad.

Or, if you're a do-it-yourselfer and your treadmill has side bars that are parallel to the ground, you can simply place a board over the bars as a work space.

Doubling your time by exercising while you work could cut out that trip to the gym! 

More on exercise and efficiency:

The Best Time of Day to Do Your Cardio Workout

9 Ways to Enhance Your Health by Being Organized

10 Ways to Double Your Time