PHOENIX (KSAZ) - We've all been to the library to check out books, rent DVD's, and surf the web. But now at three Phoenix libraries you can do more; work out.
Fit Phoenix unveiled a new way for people to improve their health all while reading a book. These treadmill desks are available to use at three Phoenix libraries including; Palo Verde, Harmon, and Yucca.
"What you do is come to the library with your library card, check into the computer like you normally would with one of the normal , but it has a treamil with it, and you'll be able to walk slowly at 2 miles and hour while you use the computer," said Jon Brodsky.
Brodsky says they're always looking for ways to boost the health of the community, he's hoping these treadmills do just that.
"The funding came from an NFL Super Bowl legacy grant, so when the NFL was here they left grants to community organizations, we applied for one and we were excited to get one," said Brodsky.
On the treadmill you can basically do everything you would normally do sitting down at the library like surf the web, read a book, and it's safe for all ages.
Deborah Williams is the Associate Director of Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions. The program is a partner with the initiative and says studies have shown being inactive for more than four hours can have harsh negative effects. She's hoping these treadmills will not only promote reading, but more activity.
The City of Phoenix is testing the treadmill desks at three libraries, they hope to add more in the future.