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Multi-tasking Taken Too Far?

Feb 03, 2012 10:03PM ● By Anonymous
Okay. There’s no doubt we all spend too much time sitting hunched up over our computers, iPhones, iPads, and iMacs. But if this is really the solution, I give up.

It’s called a TrekDesk and, measuring a generous 72 inches long and 34 inches wide, it fits over any conventional treadmill. The height of the desk is adjustable and its manufacturer claims it works for anyone between 5 foot 4 inches and 6 feet 4 inches tall.

Theoretically, you can work out as you work when you use the TrekDesk. To pull that off, I suppose it depends on how out of breath you become when you exercise and how sweaty. And I don’t know about you, but my co-workers will certainly confirm that my handwriting is hard enough to read when I’m standing still. And let’s just think for a moment about the motion sickness potential of reading documents (either in your hand or electronically transmitted) while your bouncing along on the treadmill.

A slower, steadier pace may be the middle-ground solution here. Walking while we work. I can certainly see the benefits of getting up and moving during the day—writing and editing are about as sedentary as tasks get. Pumping some blood around could only improve mental agility and help office workers get past those mid-afternoon doldrums. Perhaps there could be one dedicated TrekDesk/treadmill, with computer and phone, to use during some of our less demanding tasks.

The desk cost under $500. Of course, the treadmill is extra.