How Many Calories Can You Really Burn on a Treadmill Desk?

How many calories can you burn on a treadmill desk? A LOT! When you are walking at a treadmill desk, you can burn as many as 3,725 calories in one week. How many calories you can burn at a treadmill desk depends on how fast and how long you walk. Below is a break down of the the potential calorie burn for the average person into 3 different categories: 0.5 mph for 2 hours, 1.0 mph for 4 hours, and 2.0 mph for 8 hours.

If you just received your Rebel Treadmill 1000 and are wondering just how many calories you are about to start burning off, then read on and prepare to be excited!

Start off Slow: The best part about having your own personal office treadmill desk is the ability to do things at your own pace. If you’ve never walked and worked at the same time, you’ll find that it is very easy to get comfortable at your computer while walking. We do recommend, even to the most active and physically fit users, that you start off slow at the very beginning. Give yourself time to adjust to not sitting all day. Remember, most people spend an average of 10 hours a day sitting. Even dropping one or two hours off that time can make a big difference.

The slowest speed of the Rebel Treadmill 1000 is 0.5 mph. If you walk for only 2 hours a day at 0.5 mph, then the average person (150 pounds), will burn 252 calories a day at a treadmill desk. That’s 252 calories that you were not burning by sitting in a chair. These calories add up to 1,260 over the course of a week or 6,300 for one month. By substituting walking or sitting two hours a day, you can help avoid gaining extra pounds.

Take it up a Notch: Spent a few weeks getting comfortable at your treadmill desk? You’ve probably already noticed the fact that you’re enjoying your days a whole lot more. Not only does the quality of your work show improvement (increased creativity), but also you’re feeling a lot more motivated. So lets take it up a notch! Most Rebel Desk users find that they enjoy walking at a comfortable 1 to 1.2 mph pace. It’s just enough to feel energized at your desk without feeling worn out.

Let’s say you’re trying to increase your walking time to 4 hours of your workday in your treadmill desk, at a speed of 1 mph. You’re looking at a caloric burn of 745 calories a day! If you’re actively burning an additional 3,725 calories a week just at your Rebel Treadmill 1000, you’re starting to look at some possible weight loss. You could be dropping a pound a week at that rate, with a healthy diet of course. If you’re taking additional gym classes (Zumba anyone?), you might be well on your way to your #weightgoals.

Treadmill Desk Pro: We’re so impressed and excited when we hear from Rebel Desk users who tell us they’re clocking 7 or more miles per day at their treadmill desk. We’ve even had a Rebel Desk user lose 20 pounds in 2 months just by using one at work. Talk about a lifestyle change that really works!

With a max speed of 2 mph, the Rebel Treadmill 1000 makes it easy to get a great fast pace in at your desk, without working up an actual sweat. So no need to bring out workout gear, but still get your heart pumping at the top speed. We promise that’s a major improvement than sitting back in your chair!

If you’re a treadmill desk expert, and can spend your work day walking at 2 mph, you’re not only on the way to feeling better, but also looking better too! Burning 2,326 calories a day at your desk job is possible with a Rebel Treadmill 1000. That’s like burning over 7 cheeseburgers in a day. Pulling in 8 hours a day while walking is impressive, and you’ll probably see changes in your body right away. In fact, you could probably walk a 5K with ease once you’re at this level!

We know that treadmill desks are an awesome way to get in you daily steps, but after seeing how many calories you can lose just by walking every day, we’re excited to see how life changing it is to stay active at work! If you start off slow, and then build up the ability to walk for hours, you’ll impress your colleagues with not only the quality of work you produce, but change the way they look at their chairs forever.

Joanna Stark

Director of Marketing

Joanna has been a part of the Rebel Desk team from the very beginning! She contributes regularly on the Rebel Desk blog and enjoys sharing her experiences with walking and working. You can reach her at

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