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Erasteena
07-25-2010, 07:09 PM
On the fitness forum I've seen some posts about how some people use their laptop while running. I was wondering if anyone knows how to keep the laptop on the treadmill without it falling off and breaking into a million pieces. x3 Many thanks. =3
(btw, it'd be nice if it isn't something that costs a lot. )

Kasinator
07-25-2010, 09:30 PM
http://lifehacker.com/5468557/build-a-sturdy-laptop-tray-for-your-exercise-equipment

:D

jounink
07-27-2010, 01:52 AM
Call me crazy, but using a laptop while running doesn't sound 2 safe.
How slow would one have to go in order to use a laptop while running anyway? Seems counter intuitive...

distantarray
07-27-2010, 02:03 AM
Call me crazy, but using a laptop while running doesn't sound 2 safe.
How slow would one have to go in order to use a laptop while running anyway? Seem counter intuitive...

I don't think people are running, but more of walking for hours. 3mph walk shouldn't really be too bad and burns about 200 calories an hour. If your entertained while moving you don't notice it as much. Like imagine going to a theme park, you probably walk 5-10 miles without realizing it.

jounink
07-27-2010, 02:09 AM
I don't think people are running, but more of walking for hours. 3mph walk shouldn't really be too bad and burns about 200 calories an hour. If your entertained while moving you don't notice it as much. Like imagine going to a theme park, you probably walk 5-10 miles without realizing it.

I understand that, but the OP said running not walking, biking (eliptical), etc. That's what caused my concern.

distantarray
07-27-2010, 02:12 AM
I understand that, but the OP said running not walking, biking (eliptical), etc. That's what caused my concern.

I dunno personally I think even if it's secure the shaking it should cause probably wouldn't be good long term for the laptop. Personally I'd just hook it upto a tv and use a wireless keyboard or mouse. can you imagine running and trying to use the touchpad? lol

jounink
07-27-2010, 02:18 AM
I dunno personally I think even if it's secure the shaking it should cause probably wouldn't be good long term for the laptop. Personally I'd just hook it upto a tv and use a wireless keyboard or mouse. can you imagine running and trying to use the touchpad? lol

Lol, it'd take all day just to send a freakin' e-mail.

distantarray
07-27-2010, 02:20 AM
Lol, it'd take all day just to send a freakin' e-mail.

lol maybe all the frustration would piss you off and take it out on more running? might be a brilliant idea lol

jounink
07-27-2010, 02:43 AM
lol maybe all the frustration would piss you off and take it out on more running? might be a brilliant idea lol

Haha, you may be right!

Kasinator
07-27-2010, 08:08 AM
using an stationary bike would definitely be better in this case. In fact for those rich enough, they can use this (http://www.gamebike.com/products.php). Expensive, yes, but thats why i showed the lifehacker link in the beginning. and finding an exercise bike on craigslist cant set you back nearly as much as this.

also found this today:
http://lifehacker.com/5596963/ikea-jerker-do+it+yourself-treadmill-desk
costs only $20 to make.

xmaster
08-01-2010, 09:22 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to just, listen to music while using a treadmill? Call me bitchy, but isn't using a laptop counter-productive? I understand you want to be entertained, but doing a serious run on a treadmill for 30mins - 1 hour - 2 hours a day isn't that hard. Your laptop will always be there. I don't understand why you can't just "not use it". lol.

If it's a question of boredom, and that you want something to do while running, you always have your own mind and thoughts. Or if you're not the kind of person that likes thinking, you can use an mp3 player and listen to music while running. Or how about standing a TV nearby so you can use a remote?

I dunno, I just find it silly talking about "working out" while trying to do something like "using a laptop or watching tv" because really ... if you need to work out it's because you're not eating properly and spending to much time sitting down and not enough time being active. :/

Get off your laptop and go outside for a run in the park! :D

xx

(Lol, sorry if I sounded rude, I'm just weirded out that people want to workout while still doing these things)

DevTehFiend
08-01-2010, 10:24 AM
The more entertained you are the longer you can do something. I'm the kind of person who CAN be entertained by their own thoughts (I'm never thinking about one thing for too long) so I wouldn't need something like that, but I can see how it can be an effective tool. And not just for people who want to be entertained, but I know a lot of people who work from home ON a laptop, which leaves little time to work out because you have to constantly be at the computer (and then kids come home and you have to take care of them, etc, etc.) So a lot of people who do work from home get on the bike or treadmill while they're doing the work. They get their cardio in and have plenty of time later to do resistance work.

The less you're thinking about the actual working part of 'working out' (and the less time you spend looking at the clock) the longer and better you can do it.

distantarray
08-01-2010, 07:09 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to just, listen to music while using a treadmill? Call me bitchy, but isn't using a laptop counter-productive? I understand you want to be entertained, but doing a serious run on a treadmill for 30mins - 1 hour - 2 hours a day isn't that hard. Your laptop will always be there. I don't understand why you can't just "not use it". lol.

If it's a question of boredom, and that you want something to do while running, you always have your own mind and thoughts. Or if you're not the kind of person that likes thinking, you can use an mp3 player and listen to music while running. Or how about standing a TV nearby so you can use a remote?

I dunno, I just find it silly talking about "working out" while trying to do something like "using a laptop or watching tv" because really ... if you need to work out it's because you're not eating properly and spending to much time sitting down and not enough time being active. :/

Get off your laptop and go outside for a run in the park! :D

xx

(Lol, sorry if I sounded rude, I'm just weirded out that people want to workout while still doing these things)


I'm pretty sure people don't really RUN on the treadmill with it mounted, but more like a 3mph walk for 3 hours instead of a fast run for 30minutes.

xmaster
08-02-2010, 06:43 AM
I'm pretty sure people don't really RUN on the treadmill with it mounted, but more like a 3mph walk for 3 hours instead of a fast run for 30minutes.

Hmm, but then why would you do that? Why not go out for an actual walk? And waste money on a treadmill and the electricity, or gym membership, if you're just going to walk. :/

distantarray
08-02-2010, 11:29 AM
probably cause it's easier to lose track of time and people are addicted to things like cosplay.com and facebook and myspace. you can lose yourself in the internet more than you can lose yourself to nature. It's like when people go to theme parks, they're having fun and losing themselve and don't realize they probably walked 10 mile at disneyworld without realizing it.

Kell-chan
08-03-2010, 12:30 PM
I actually do this - my treadmill is in the garage, and I have a few shelves affixed to the walls around it. This way no matter how fast I'm moving, it doesn't hurt my computer. I pretty much hate running, but if I can pop in a DVD or stream something interesting, I can convince myself to do it. Not everyone can "go out for a run" and appreciate it. I tried music - it just didn't do it for me.

And for the record, I can't reach the computer from the treadmill, so I'm not checking Facebook or the forums while I run.

Archangelz
08-03-2010, 12:52 PM
A small shelf, like the one linked by the first response to the thread, is the best way to go for laptop use. Do you have any space in front of your machine? Even if you don't get together a laptop stand right on your treadmill you can find some cheap piece of furniture, perhaps on Craigslist, to put in front of the treadmill and just place your machine on top. One issue I've had personally is that if I'm trying to watch something on the treadmill and my laptop is too far away it can sometimes not be loud enough so you might need some cheap external speakers. Luckily I had some old ones that had been sitting in my garage. :)

That being said:

Wouldn't it be easier to just, listen to music while using a treadmill? Call me bitchy, but isn't using a laptop counter-productive? I understand you want to be entertained, but doing a serious run on a treadmill for 30mins - 1 hour - 2 hours a day isn't that hard. Your laptop will always be there. I don't understand why you can't just "not use it". lol.

If it's a question of boredom, and that you want something to do while running, you always have your own mind and thoughts. Or if you're not the kind of person that likes thinking, you can use an mp3 player and listen to music while running. Or how about standing a TV nearby so you can use a remote?

I dunno, I just find it silly talking about "working out" while trying to do something like "using a laptop or watching tv" because really ... if you need to work out it's because you're not eating properly and spending to much time sitting down and not enough time being active. :/

Get off your laptop and go outside for a run in the park! :D

xx

(Lol, sorry if I sounded rude, I'm just weirded out that people want to workout while still doing these things)

Frankly Xmaster, you sound amazingly condescending in your entire post. Things that you think aren't "that hard" could be really hard for many others. I got into running on my own because I wanted to do it and when I started I hated every second of it. Sometimes I would do it on a treadmill while watching an episode of Firefly on my laptop or listening to some music to distract me and push me along to a point where my body was used to running and I didn't find it to be so difficult. If someone were to read your post they'd think that doing these entertaining (heaven forbid!) things totally negated the positive impact of an aerobic exercise, which is in no way true.

And really, to say that if someone isn't the kind of person "who likes thinking" or calling things out as "silly" when they aren't and stating that only people who aren't eating properly and are inactive need to work out is just terrible. Several people in this thread are here because they do want to better themselves and your views do not help this idea in any way. Despite your failed attempt to apologize for sounding rude (which you did) if you're not going to help someone don't demean the point of the entire thread.

distantarray
08-03-2010, 03:50 PM
A small shelf, like the one linked by the first response to the thread, is the best way to go for laptop use. Do you have any space in front of your machine? Even if you don't get together a laptop stand right on your treadmill you can find some cheap piece of furniture, perhaps on Craigslist, to put in front of the treadmill and just place your machine on top. One issue I've had personally is that if I'm trying to watch something on the treadmill and my laptop is too far away it can sometimes not be loud enough so you might need some cheap external speakers. Luckily I had some old ones that had been sitting in my garage. :)

That being said:



Frankly Xmaster, you sound amazingly condescending in your entire post. Things that you think aren't "that hard" could be really hard for many others. I got into running on my own because I wanted to do it and when I started I hated every second of it. Sometimes I would do it on a treadmill while watching an episode of Firefly on my laptop or listening to some music to distract me and push me along to a point where my body was used to running and I didn't find it to be so difficult. If someone were to read your post they'd think that doing these entertaining (heaven forbid!) things totally negated the positive impact of an aerobic exercise, which is in no way true.

And really, to say that if someone isn't the kind of person "who likes thinking" or calling things out as "silly" when they aren't and stating that only people who aren't eating properly and are inactive need to work out is just terrible. Several people in this thread are here because they do want to better themselves and your views do not help this idea in any way. Despite your failed attempt to apologize for sounding rude (which you did) if you're not going to help someone don't demean the point of the entire thread.

people should realize ANYTHING that involves people getting off their butts and doing something is a good thing. Better walking on treadmill while on facebook than laying in bed eating bon bons on a laptop.

xmaster
08-07-2010, 07:15 PM
A small shelf, like the one linked by the first response to the thread, is the best way to go for laptop use. Do you have any space in front of your machine? Even if you don't get together a laptop stand right on your treadmill you can find some cheap piece of furniture, perhaps on Craigslist, to put in front of the treadmill and just place your machine on top. One issue I've had personally is that if I'm trying to watch something on the treadmill and my laptop is too far away it can sometimes not be loud enough so you might need some cheap external speakers. Luckily I had some old ones that had been sitting in my garage. :)

That being said:



Frankly Xmaster, you sound amazingly condescending in your entire post. Things that you think aren't "that hard" could be really hard for many others. I got into running on my own because I wanted to do it and when I started I hated every second of it. Sometimes I would do it on a treadmill while watching an episode of Firefly on my laptop or listening to some music to distract me and push me along to a point where my body was used to running and I didn't find it to be so difficult. If someone were to read your post they'd think that doing these entertaining (heaven forbid!) things totally negated the positive impact of an aerobic exercise, which is in no way true.

And really, to say that if someone isn't the kind of person "who likes thinking" or calling things out as "silly" when they aren't and stating that only people who aren't eating properly and are inactive need to work out is just terrible. Several people in this thread are here because they do want to better themselves and your views do not help this idea in any way. Despite your failed attempt to apologize for sounding rude (which you did) if you're not going to help someone don't demean the point of the entire thread.

Condescending? I'm aware that what I said is simply an opinion, and that people would not agree. But having a go at me because of it is demeaning yourself, not me. Besides, when it was mentioned I believed people were talking about wanting to surf the internet and do things on their laptop while on a treadmill. Regardless if you're running or walking, I'd consider that a hard thing to do. If you had your laptop on to watch a film perhaps, or to play music, then I would understand, but affixing it to your treadmill not only sounds incredibly dangerous, where it may fall off or break something, but also impractical. If you are just watching a film or listening to music, why not put a TV nearby? or use an ipod? (Perhaps a tv is heavy, and a laptop is mobile sure) But if you do have to use a laptop, surly you could place it on a chair or table or shelf nearby.

Besides, what I said wasn't in the way you so mentioned. What I said was that I found it rather counter productive if you're walking on a treadmill while surfing on the internet. It's almost as if you can't go five minutes without it.

But that's just how I feel. People are becoming too reliant on the internet for entertainment, instead of coming up with for themselves. What happened to working out with a friend or family member, and if you can't do that, why not just the music or a film to watch like I said. You kinda need your arms to swing and balance when you run too.