Two women shed 70 lbs. by using a "treadmill desk"

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

Last summer, NewsCenter 16 told you about a new piece of workout technology called “The Treadmill Desk”, which two Morris Inn employees had the privilege of testing.

Now 12 months and more than 3,000 miles later, Shannen McKaskle and Wendy Winovich are both 35 lbs. lighter.

McKaskle and Winovich work in the hotel's reservation department, answering the phone and returning emails forty hours a week.

After awhile, that sedentary work-style got old. So when the treadmill desk came along, they jumped right on board.

"You’re taking reservations and you'll look down and say, ‘I’ve been on for two hours,’” McKaskle told NewsCenter 16 back in Aug. 2010.

Hours turned to weeks, then to months and now an entire year.

In that time, McKaskle burned nearly 200,000 calories and Winovich walked more than 1500 miles!

“Each of us lost 35 lbs., “Winovich said with a smile.

In total, 70 lbs. were shed, including a dose of cynicism.

"I wasn’t a little skeptical, I was very skeptical. I put up every roadblock that I possibly could, but the two of them have been very persevering and very diligent. Every time I walk into that office, they've proven me wrong,” Morris Inn Director Bill Bierne said.

After all, one year later the desk is still up and running, in a race where there is no finish line.

"I think if they stopped making them we would have to find a way to make our own,” Winovich concluded with a laugh.

Treadmill desks like the one used at The Morris Inn can cost up to $3500, but there are cheaper models available.

In fact, new and improved versions were just released on Wednesday. For more information, just click on the Big Red Bar.

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