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Consumer Reports: Top treadmill desks

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Like many of us, Chris Brown felt sitting at a desk all day drained his energy. So he made a change.

For the past six weeks, Brown worked and walked at his new treadmill desk.

It's not really for exercise, but to keep your metabolism above a resting rate. The recommended speed while working is less than two miles per hour.

"I can do pretty much anything at the treadmill desk that I can do sitting down behind a desk," Brown said.

Consumer Reports tested two treadmill desks, using a panel of 12 staffers. They were asked to read and type, talk on the phone and surf the internet while walking.

The WorkFit 1030 by Exerpeutic is less expensive at $750, but for some it wasn't comfortable.

"It's not an ideal height for a short person. Because as you can see my shoulders are hunched up, and if you type for any length of time, it's just, it's not doable," said tester, Sue Byrne.

Several panelists complained their feet kept hitting the motor casing.

"Ergonomically it was just easier to walk and work on the Lifespan," said tester, Gayle Williams.

The Lifespan TR1200 DT5 costs twice as much -- $1,500 -- but most panelists preferred it.

As for Brown, he said switching to a treadmill desk was worth it.

"I just feel better about myself both physically and psychologically," Brown said.

Users found it took some time to get used to walking while they worked. Panelists also said surfing the web was easier than trying to write with a pen or use a computer mouse.

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