Saturday, May 7, 2011

Working on the move with my (not so shiny) new Treadmill Desk (which I made myself) !

So I  Googled 'news' and found this great article online called 'Is sitting a lethal activity?'

And it spurred me to take immediate action since it's now May, and my contest finish line to give away a mouse to whoever guessed my weight the closest on July 1 is fast approaching.

And I haven't lost an ounce (yet - there's still time!).

About the article...

Basically some doctor scientist boffin type by the name of Dr. James Levine developed some undies that constantly detect any physical movement.

Then, I suppose, he thought of a really good use for them....

A number of people as test subjects were fed an exact amount of calories every day.
Their weight was stable.
Then the calories were increased (by a thousand a day if memory serves).

They weren't allowed to exercise.
Some started gaining weight, while others didn't.

An examination of the data collected from the undies showed the ones that didn't gain weight were subconsciously adding fidgety movements into their daily routine to burn off the excess calories, while the others (who gained weight) didn't move any more than usual.

Then it mentioned something he came up with: A new phenomenon called 'Treadmill Desks'.

So I just made one (I'm plodding along at 1mph as I write this).

I wonder if I might have a tendency to do the opposite of the fidgety people:
Perhaps, with a calorie deficit formed by exercise, I'll eat pillows in my sleep.
Or perhaps Meridee will wake up missing an arm?

But I hope not!

Here's how I made my treadmill desk...

I built a dimensionally accurate (although very simplified) version of our treadmill in SketchUp, along with my proposed design for a desk and shelf.

my simplified rendering of my treadmill and envisioned desk - the computer and accessories were swiped from Google's 3D Warehouse.

Then I got all carried away and decided to add my drawing/computing room too...
Just to see  how it would look in situ...(much neater than in reality, as you will see)...

The 3D person needs a bit more belly, but he came that way (from the 3D Warehouse) so I'll use him as inspiration...

We've had this treadmill for years and, of course, never used it.
I've tried to give it away twice.

Now I'm glad I had no takers.

I bought my supplies from Lowes...

Treadmill Desk supplies

I got busy with a drill, saw, and screwdriver.
Can you spot the deliberate mistake?

Checking it out in the living room...

Getting the treadmill through my door (which I had to take off) was the hardest part.
I had to fold up the belt, lay it on its side, and using carpet sliders, jiggle it about until I got it through the door.

Then came the woodwork assembly...

Here's the deliberate mistake

Oops...won't be able to shut the door when I put it back on!

A bit more work with the screwdriver and....

That fits much better!

I used a lot of non-slip rubbery stuff between the desk layers to reduce vibrations to my computer.
rubbery 'shock absorbers' on the treadmill hand rests, on which the desk top is placed

Now as I either work (or waste far too much time - whichever fits the bill) on my computer at least I'm losing a bit of lard (I hope!).

Ta-Daaa....Me hard at work on my completed treadmill desk with Sprightly mouse along for the ride...

Now I need to go and have a sit down!

Learn lots more about treadmill desks...Click HERE
Treadmill desk blog...Click HERE


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ski holm said...

Great job on the desk, Steve. I use SketchUp whenever I design something and usually get so carried away that I spend more time on the design than it takes me to build. Good luck on losing weight. You're a better man than I.

Steve sculpts critters said...

Thanks Ski!
Judging by your (presumably) self portrait, you don't have anything much to worry about treadmill wise!

I know what you mean about getting carried away with SketchUp though...

Deborah Paris said...

love it!

Steve sculpts critters said...

Thanks Deborah!
I got almost as brief an email from another friend who simply said 'you are mad'.
Not you of course, that would be me!

TDPurcell said...

If your treadmill desk looked like a giant wheel, I would have advised you to lay off the mice sculptures for a while. Just kidding. I need a desk like this at work.

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Hey Steve ....
I notice yours is bigger than mine ............ your iMac that is ;-)
Now, if you could just have a conveyor belt bringing your food you'd be set for life ;-)

Cheers mate

Steve sculpts critters said...

If I had it drip fed I could become a time wasting *machine*...
Since sleep is kind of a waste of time anyway, I could get unplugged to allow myself that luxury.

Michael Steven said...

I just read your article and found it very helpful for those who are looking for a guide on DIY treadmill. You have explained it well but I guess it will be really time consuming for many people to build one on their own and cost of building one will almost same as the cost of a new treadmill. I'd recommend to check some best brands online before making a decision. Well, if you are confused that what you should do then I'd recommend to take a look at this list of best treadmills for running. You can check this list to get familiar with different brands and how costly will it be to buy a new one.