Using FSA Money to Get a Treadmill Desk

If you’ve been waiting patiently for your boss or company to spring for a treadmill desk, but feel like the slow corporate approval will take longer than you’ve hoped, it might be time to take matters into your own hands. Your doctor might have recommended a treadmill desk years ago, because of all those back aches and pains you’ve been feeling, and the weight gain you can’t seem to shake off. Well, it might be time to march right back into your doctors office, because they could be the key to getting you your dream set-up quicker.

That doctors note recommending a treadmill desk might not only speed up your office upgrade, but you might not have to wait for your boss after all. Take matters into your own hand with your Flexible Spending Account and buy that treadmill desk!

Treadmill desks are being accepted as eligible items to use towards your yearly Flexible Spending Account or FSA. What this means is that the U.S. government agrees that treadmill desks are beneficial to your health as well! 

The folks here discovered how they were able to use their FSA towards a purchase of a treadmill desk. This isn’t a loophole, just a potential recommendation your doctor could make if you’re experiencing health issues that are covered by your own tax free dollars.

The first question some might ask is— what is an FSA? You might see FSA eligible items on your drugstore receipts. With a Flexible Spending Account, you could set back up to $2,500 tax -free out of your paycheck to use towards doctors, dentists, eyeglasses, prescription co-pays and more. Oftentimes, you might find that you are looking to use up all that extra cash at the end of the year and schedule your visits and pharmacy needs before those dollars go to waste.

In the case of one treadmill desk user, they were able to use their Flexible Spending Account towards the purchase of a treadmill desk as they are Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetic. A doctors note, and a quick call to an FSA administrator confirmed the allowance.

Do you suffer from serious back pain, a history of blood clots, or another ailment that is exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle? Check your FSA to see if you qualify in purchasing a Rebel Treadmill 1000!

Kathleen Hale


Kathleen is a leading voice in the active-working field. She writes, speaks and teaches about how using treadmill desks and adjustable-height desks can change lives. She also is the founder of Chair Free Project, a resource to help people live better by using chairs less. Reach out (@kathleenhale_) and let Kathleen know what posts you would like to see on the Rebel Desk blog!

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