Work Whilst You Walk?


There’s not much to say about this picture other than it made me laugh out loud. Helloooo people who invent useless things!

This was the thinking behind an experiment performed by two scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Researchers James Levine and Jennifer Miller have designed a vertical work station that allows workers to use their computer while walking on a treadmill at a speed of their choice. (Whoa, Nelly…slow that Mustang down!)

Listen, I can’t even type and talk on the phone at the same time, much less walk on a treadmill. In fact; I can barely walk on a treadmill and watch TV at the same time. This seems harder to manage than an audition for Cirque du Soleil. The whole concept gives intrinsic exercise and physical well being a bad name. And that name is DUMB.

I’m highly convinced that adding MORE multi-tasking to our lives is not the answer to fitness or weight management. Could this activity be any less mindful? Where’s the joy? Where’s the fun? Where’s the shower?

Come on James and Jennifer, you can do better than this. But hey, thanks for the chuckle!

2 responses to “Work Whilst You Walk?”

  1. suzanne says:

    I remember a few offices we could have used a tread mill in! I wrote you earlier in January when I read your suncreen poem! Think of you often! Hope yor life is good! You had such a positive impact on my life I am a better person for having known you! I have three beautiful little boys and I am huge and miserably fat,
    am considering doing the lap band thing but ran into this blog while doing research and was stunned and shocked that this could be my Cindy my mentor! Did you lose all your weight? Tell me how tell me now!

  2. Cindy says:

    Hey, good to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words, Suzanne. Sorry to hear you’re having some struggles with your weight. I know it can be an on-going challenge. The best advice I can give, is to start where you are, set realistic expectations and work on creating a lifestyle you can live with for the long haul. Don’t get on the dieting rollercoaster! My success came when I visited Green Mountain many, many years ago and worked their healthy lifestyle approach, becoming much more active, eating real food in approprate portions, become much more mindful about what I was doing, got over the ‘dieting head’ and really embraced exercise as something I enjoy and not a mechanism to lose pounds.I actually love exercise – yes, it’s true! 😉

    If you haven’t already, take a look at the Green Mountain at Fox Run website ( to find out more about the philosophy. I wish you the very, very best kiddo!

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