Treadmill desks or walkstations are simply treadmills with an adjustable height desk that can accommodate a computer or laptop, phone, etc. Treadmill desks allow one to work and type normally while slowly walking one to two miles per hour instead of sitting in a chair and burning very few calories.
There are a number of great desk treadmills that will do double duty as both a treadmill (where you can walk on an incline, run or try a built-in workout) and as a desk (where you’ll slow down and walk while you work on a computer). If you don’t care about “working out” and just need to walk, then you may want more of a walking workstation.
When looking to purchase a treadmill for a walking desk look for a model that’s as quiet (noisy motors are not ideal for shared workspaces), stable, and durable as your budget allows. Always test to make sure that your treadmill does not shake excessively as you walk, otherwise this could make working very difficult.
Many people choose to make their own treadmill desk top. This can be done by installing a wall mounted shelf that the treadmill is then placed in front of, lying a wide board across the handles, or mounting a flat desk above the handles of the treadmill. If one isn’t reasonably handy with tools or constructions, buying a commercial treadmill desk may be the best option.