Monday 26 September 2016

University treadmill lets staff walk and work

Published 20/01/2016 | 17:51

A treadmill with a desk has been installed at Warwick University
A treadmill with a desk has been installed at Warwick University

A university has installed a treadmill with a desk to allow staff to walk and work at the same time.

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The Lifespan Treadmill Desk can reach a top speed of four miles per hour and was bought in as part of a "quirky initiative" to improve staff health at the University of Warwick.

The machines retail for between £1,000 and £3,000 and are fitted with a worktop with enough space for a laptop and phone.

It will be moved around different departments of the university to give staff the chance to have a go.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, director of sport and active communities at the university, said it was part of an ambition to become one of the most active campuses in the country.

She added: "The benefits of being active are well known in terms of an increase in productivity and a decrease in sickness.

"We looked at some of the challenges people face when trying to be active and one of the things is around time, people often sit at their desks all day and they are sedentary.

"Even if people get up for three lots of ten minutes a day and go on to the treadmill, do some emails when they are on the treadmill, they've done some exercise, they've done some work and they are happy."

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