An exercise regime needs to start somewhere, and a walk inside the comfort of your own home is a great way to get moving. To harness the benefits of physical activity, you don’t need to shell out for a huge, gym-standard treadmill, either. After all, there’s a reason desk treadmills are becoming increasingly popular. Below, some of our favorite treadmills currently on the market.
With more of us than ever working from home, and with desk workers increasingly seeing the health benefits of a standing desk, a desk treadmill could help you get fit while you work. Amazon
Devotees say that while it takes practise to type and talk, taking a walk while on a call is simple enough, and if can help to up your numbers if you’re aiming for 10,000 steps a day. This slimline treadmill fits easily under a desk, and can be stored on end, or under furniture (it’s just 15 cm high) when not in use. With a max speed of 6km/h you’re very definitely walking not running, but the built-in LED display shows your speed, time, distance and calories burnt to keep you motivated.
With a tablet holder to give you on-the-go entertainment. Amazon
If you want your treadmill to be more than just an office accessory, you probably want something that will go a little faster—and has bars for you to steady yourself. While not quite gym spec, this desk treadmill can be used under your desk, but also has a bar that can be attached if you want to steady yourself (top speed is 7.1km/h so a pretty easy jog at best) and an integrated tablet holder so if you’re not at your desk, you can easily read, or watch films while you walk.
A heavy duty machine for serious runners who want challenging terrain. Amazon
If you have the space and you’re serious about running, you want to look for a treadmill that will not only let you pick up the pace, but can also allow you to change the gradient, so you can practise running up that hill. This high-end design won’t fit under your desk but is the sort of machine you’ll be used to from the gym. With a top speed of up to 20km/h and risers that will take you up to an 18 percent gradient. An LCD touchscreen keeps you in the loop with all the stats from your session and there are 12 built-in programmes to choose from. But if you’d rather choose your own, it’s also got connectivity via WiFi and USB, with stereo speakers and a tablet holder, too.