Are Hamster Wheel’s the New Standing Desk?


Struggling to reach your physical activity levels? You’re not alone! Recent research has highlighted the negative affects of long duration sitting , being sedentary and physical inactivity. The evidence is damning. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, whilst it increases the risk of stroke, vascular disease, arthritis and cancer in both men and women. Thus seeing the emergence of the standing desk, which is ever growing in popularity and health benefits. But is there a new rival for this healthy alternative?

“Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

A creative alternative to the standing desk created by the team over at Autodesk’s Pier 9 fabrication facility in San Francisco. An elaborate and unconventional substitution to a treadmill, which may have you receiving more than a few puzzled looks.


The product was created using Autodesk design tools. Taking 24 hours to construct, the team have even developed a ‘how-to’ on instructables.

Here’s a fast forward of the construction: