I tried the treadmill the internet says is perfect to use while on Zoom calls

In addition to our offices now being in our homes (whether it be a room, the basement, or even a closet), our houses are now also our own personal workout centers. For those of us who don’t love running in the cold and playing Russian roulette with our appendages, finding ways to burn some calories indoors has become a new hobby and necessity.

At the beginning of the pandemic, it was lots of chin-ups from self-hung bars (or just door frames) and streaming videos, but now we really know the lay of the land. We’ve upgraded to some pretty extensive machinery.
Peloton bikes and their competitors have become as common as air conditioners and rowing machines are starting to make a dent as well.

But what about the good old-fashioned treadmill? It seems the classic running machine was overshadowed by these new-fangled contraptions. Or perhaps it was because many treadmills are bulky and take up a lot of space. Or maybe it’s because you don’t need a machine to run unlike spinning or rowing? You can just walk outside. 

But the internet has been raving about the Treadly 2 treadmill because it is so compact and light and can be stored right under your desk or in a closet when you aren’t using it.

What you need to know about Treadly

It definitely does qualify as the slimmest treadmill I’ve ever seen coming in with a height of 3.7” and weight of 77 lbs. It also doesn’t go above 5 miles per hour so it makes it perfect for getting some exercise (you control the speed on the app) while you simultaneously hop in on a Zoom call or have to read a super long document. Don’t worry, the noise is quite minimal but maybe don’t do a Zoom with your boss while on a treadmill.

However, you may want to do practice runs before joining a meeting while on the machine as there is no pause button so you have to hit stop or put the app in slow mode.

Though it is quite a light machine it can hold plenty of weight (about 265 lbs) and you feel completely sturdy with its handrail as well as the emergency stop button.

The Treadly also displays your MPH, step count, time, and distance (because if you don’t know your step count, did it ever even happen?) There is also no set amount of time mode, unlike other treadmills, which means you can go for as long as you’ve got the energy.

This machine is really ideal for the busy remote worker who wants to exercise and get their heart rate up but isn’t looking to sprint or go up a super steep incline (save that for an outside run when you have more time.) It is really great when you need an exercise break or can just get your legs moving while multitasking.


A new rollout for Treadly is also the introduction of groups and channels. Groups are for up to six people who want to create a daily/weekly/monthly walking group and keep track of shared progress.

Channels allow Treadly users to livestream their workouts. It’s a great way for users to walk while engaging in a social experience, such as a book club, catching up with friends, or anything else.

The app currently keeps track of workouts by communicating with the Treadly via Bluetooth. With the new app, the Treadly can always be connected via WiFi and workouts will be tracked regardless if the Treadly app is open.

With the new app, users can also create challenges including competing to reach step counts, average speed and can be customized for each group of participants. Plus, you can take workout selfies with the app and share them to prove you are working out (which is very important!)

Treadly CEO Ronen Chen told Ladders “Treadly is perfect for small spaces because it’s designed to be stored under a bed or against a wall when not in use. Treadly’s are great for walkers and joggers who prioritize wellness and want to build a community around exercise by encouraging their friends and family to walk together to meet their goals.

Why you should run in the middle of the day

And a mid-day running break or running when you hit that afternoon slump may just make you better at your job. Of course, if you are stressed running gives you that welcome burst of dopamine and adrenaline but it can have longer-lasting effects on your brain.

A recent study from the American Academy of Neurology compared  206 adults before and after a six-month exercise program and found staggering results. “Our study showed that six months’ worth of vigorous exercise may pump blood to regions of the brain that specifically improve your verbal skills as well as memory and mental sharpness,” said study author Marc Poulin.

The researchers found there was an increased blood flow to the brain of 2.3% (on average). That increase then contributed to a 5.7% improvement on executive function tests and 2.4% improvement on verbal skills. Exercise literally made them better at their jobs.

Another recent study found that high-intensity workouts can help decrease overall stress and boost levels of job satisfaction.

The lead author of the study, Christopher Neck, Ph.D., an associate professor at Arizona State University, Tempe, told Bicycling.com,  “What the findings show is that as exercise intensity goes up, it has a significant relationship on lowering stress and increasing job satisfaction.”

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