02/19/2015 10:55 EST

How To Work At A Treadmill Desk (Without Falling Off)

Treadmill desks are either the most brilliant solution to a sedentary office culture, or the most ridiculous accessory you could imagine putting your laptop on. But either way, you know you want to try it out.

As you can see in the video above, I had the chance to test out Fitneff's WalkTop Treadmill Desk for a stint, and was pretty pleasantly surprised by the experience. That is, as long as I wasn't taking a selfie.

Given the terrifying studies about what sitting is doing to our health, like this one from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute that reveals even if you exercise, sitting for much of your day can lead to up to a 90 per cent increase in diabetes, something that gets you out of your chair is certainly appealing.

The WalkTop attaches to an existing treadmill, rather than a standalone option, so it can be used at home or at the office (if, of course, your office has a treadmill in it already. Which, we'll admit, is probably pretty rare).

Although the people at Fitneff warned me I shouldn't go more than 2.0 mph, I promptly disregarded their advice and attempted a jaunty (for my short legs) 3.0. My advice? Stick to what the experts tell you — sweating while working won't make you more productive.

I spent approximately 30 minutes filming the video, and while my legs weren't feeling too Jell-o-like by the end, I did feel far less of a need to stretch than I usually do from sitting at my desk for that amount of time.

Check out the video above for full documentation of what you should and shouldn't do on a treadmill desk, and let us know if you've tried anything else that works (or doesn't!).

Fitneff's WalkTop Treadmill Desk can attach to most standard treadmills, weighs approximately 25 pounds and retails for $479, plus taxes and shipping. Depending on your work habits, it could be time to convince your boss it's just what the office needs.


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