Is The Office Fitness Walking Treadmill Really A Helpful Option For The Office?
The Office Fitness Walking Treadmill is an unusual but interesting prospect for office workers as it is designed as a treadmill primarily for “steady and effective indoor walking” with the goal of lessening the health risks that are associated with the sedentary behaviour adopted by many office workers.
With no more than an 8 cm height from the floor and a speed range of just 1 – 4 mph, this machine does seem pretty gentle: is this a benefit or a disadvantage?
What advantages have buyers seen when using this Office Treadmill?
Because this is an office model for gentle movements, this is not a heavy-duty machine with lots of bells and whistles. The maximum weight allowance of 120 kg is fair for this smaller, walking treadmill and its light weight means it can be picked up and placed under a desk with relative ease.
Once in place, this Office Fitness Treadmill provides a smooth motion to let users walk at their desk and shuts itself off after an hour – which is the ideal time according to most users. On the whole, this simple performance seems to be what most happy buyers have been looking for.
What is also interesting about this product is that this is promoted as being a improved model on previous examples because it has a “quieter and more efficient electric motor” and a.”space-saving 34cm runway”.
The former seems to go down pretty well from user reviews; it may not be silent but it is quiet enough not to bother those around them.
The latter, on the other hand, is not as “practical” as the designers like to think because this 30×12 inch walkway is much narrower than a standard treadmill and some buyers feel a little unsteady when using it.
Other than the belt, are there any other potential issues with this office Office Fitness Walking Treadmill?
The most noticeable difference between this treadmill and standard models is not the size but the lack of a major console to view the data. It does come with a small control panel that can be placed on the desk but it appears that many buyers aren’t really using it, from the sound of reports. Instead they are simply walking and working and feeling the benefit rather than seeing it.
In addition to this, the control panel is said to emit quite a high pitched beep while in use that could be quite distracting in an office environment.
Summary: how do these limitations affect the final verdict on this Office Fitness Space-Saving Walking Treadmill?
There is a clear target market with this machine from the way it markets itself as a gentle, office-friendly walking treadmill; it is not designed for rigorous exercise and the users that appreciate its function are only using it for light movement as they concentrate on their work.
The issues with the size of the belt and the basic control panel will be the deal breakers for many prospective buyers because it really is quite narrow and there is only so much you can do or learn from using the machine.
If a quiet, compact machine that fits under the desk is more important than a comfortable, wide belt and its use is more about motion than fitness tracking, this Office Fitness treadmill could still provide a simple way of working the right muscles and the heart rate without impacting on your work too much.