Desk jockeys on the run in fitness quest

MOA Benchmarking managing director Steve Collier has the latest fitness office technology and is encouraging other businesses follow his lead.

His company has installed a treadmill with an adjustable desk over it.

It has a maximum speed of 6kmh and allows workers to type while walking.

Mr Collier said the ideal working speed was between 1.5 and 3kmh.

"You're not training for a marathon, but you are being active and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle," he said.

"The ultimate goal is to increase health outcomes."

Mr Collier said he was surprised by the positive reaction of Toowoomba residents when the story broke online.

Steve Collier from MOA Benchmarking makes use of a treadmill desk to excercise and stay alert in the office.
Steve Collier from MOA Benchmarking makes use of a treadmill desk to excercise and stay alert in the office. Nev Madsen

"There was a bit of a mixed bag online," he said.

"Some people thought it was something staff were obligated to do," he said.

"But there are seated desks here as well, it's an option for staff if they choose to use it."

Mr Collier said the treadmill desk had increased productivity and was good for battling the "three thirty-itis".

He said it was possible for staff to type while at the treadmill desk.

"It takes a little bit of coordination but you can adjust the speed and with that you can comfortably type and do basic word processing."

He said it was good for checking emails, reading newsletters, checking The Chronicle website and routine tasks.

"Then when you go back to your desk you feel more focused and energised and can work on more creative tasks."

What you said

Lisa Gibbs: What an awesome idea.

Tamara Seth: Great idea in theory but has anyone actually tried to read a computer screen while walking. Not an easy thing to do over 5.5 kph. Couldn't imagine trying to type

Matt Devonshire: I might, but not all day.

Dave Paton: How do they type while running?

Stacey Benz: Job well done. Most of today's standard practices started with just one person saying "let's do it".

Michelle Fay Black: Great idea we might see a lot less fat backsides and fat stomachs in Toowoomba instead of every second person.

Brett Briese: I'm a labourer. I work out all day for 8 hours with a half hour and 15 minute break in between.

Topics:  toowoomba

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