LifeSpan Treadmill Desk Review

LifeSpan Treadmill Desk Review by
When people see our treadmill desk, they say, “Can you actually work while you walk?” Well, see for yourself in this video.

We are giving one of these treadmill desks away right now!

For your chance to win, be sure to visit our giveaway page.

My LifeSpan Treadmill Desk Review

We got this Lifespan treadmill desk shortly after Paloma was born, and little did we know that we were entering into a new Ice Age here in Chicago… so I’m incredibly glad we got it. The idea was that Mike and I could both use it for some winter exercise, and that it would help me lose some of the baby weight.

There’s also an irony that, as a health blogger/vlogger, I spend a lot of my time sitting. So I wanted to change that with the help of this treadmill desk.

Here’s how it works

It’s a regular treadmill on the bottom, with a special desk that’s designed to fit right over it. We chose Lifespan because they’re the leading manufacturer of treadmill desks, and we liked the workstation’s clean design.

With our model, I can use the treadmill up to 4 miles per hour… so it’s not a running treadmill, but I can certainly work up a mighty sweat on it. During times when I don’t want to sweat, I just walk a little slower.

The controls for the treadmill are all on the desk, along with controls to adjust the height of the desk. The desk also has two memory pre-sets, so Mike uses one and I use the other.

How fast can you walk and still type?

Before we got this, I thought I’d have to walk at like 1mph in order to type and do my work. But now I find I walk at either 2 or 2.5mph, depending on what I’m doing – 2 if I’m typing or doing precision work, and 2.5 if I’m just surfing.

My goal is 10,000 steps a day

I usually reach this goal after 1.5 to 2 hours of walking. The awesome thing is that the treadmill has a built in pedometer that is extremely accurate, so I can track my steps as I walk.

I love walking while I work

I literally get “lost” while writing or doing social media stuff. I’ve been on treadmills at the gym that are attached to TVs, which is cool, but I’d still find myself checking how much time I had left pretty often. Whereas, while surfing the web and watching YouTube and whatnot, time just flies. As we all know, the web can be a major time warp!

It’s an investment for sure

But it’s an investment that is paying big dividends for us. It’s a game changer in my mind. And it’s been a lifesaver during this brutal winter that has had our whole family cooped up with our newborn!

How about you?

Could you walk while you work? Would you like to? Would your employer allow you to use a treadmill desk in your workplace? Share with us in the comments below.


About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.


  1. amy August 25 at 7:42 am

    Hi! I just found your blog as I was researching treadmill desks. Are you still using yours?

  2. Estela April 2 at 9:22 pm

    I’d love to have this treadmill desk….i need it soooo bad….i have 3 girls and I feel like I haven’t taken care of my self lately and i feel so tired and lazy i have tried racing with my girls and awwwjjjj my bones hurt so bad….its so sad because in P.E. class when we use to run I was always the first one…..:'(

  3. Heidi P March 31 at 10:52 pm

    I’d love to walk n work! Best idea ever!

  4. janelle March 4 at 11:03 pm

    I telecommute for my job so it was easy to make the switch, I started using this walking desk treadmill in July and I love it! I walk about 4 hrs a day (4 days a week). Since I have all day I pace my self at about 1.6 MPH, I do have to slow down to talk on the phone since people I’m talking to would assume I’m sitting :) I think a majority of office workplaces could accommodate treadmill desks, people are scared of them though, they think it is too hard to type and walk, etc, but it is not!

  5. Rebecca March 4 at 10:22 pm

    I would put this in my office on campus! I have just enough space to squeeze it in!
    I could use something to get some activity into my day!

  6. zohal March 4 at 9:05 pm

    How much did it cost, it`s very cool.

  7. Beth Cotler March 4 at 7:37 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Work, walk – get it done – no more excuses!

  8. Bentley March 4 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Mama Natural!

    Long time fan here, you are such an inspiration!

    I would love to have this desk SO much. I am a recent graduate (very broke lol) who manages social media and does graphic design and this would be soooo great for me to get exercise at the same time. I can’t imagine winning something so amazing.

    Either way, love this idea and can’t wait to see who wins!

    Bentley Haynes

    • Genevieve March 4 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Bentley! Wish you the best of luck in this giveaway!!! XO

  9. Leha March 4 at 12:27 pm

    That’s super cool! I wonder if this woukd fit in my husband’s office? It would be a great investemt for the Navy guys wheb they’re stuck behind a desk. I would love it at home too! I used to Stand and rock my daughter go sleep in a boba carrier while surfing the web at our tall computer desk now I could get exercise and do the same.

    • Genevieve March 4 at 8:35 pm

      You could look at specs and see if it would fit. It’s amazing what we can do while rocking our babes, isn’t it :)

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