We previously looked at how to mount an Apple iPad or tablet to a treadmill. So today, we’re going low tech. Our advice in this article applies to book or magazines.
All treadmills are different. Some have a shelf built onto the display. If the shelf is deep enough, and the book stays flat, read no further, you’re good to go.
However, most books don’t lay flat and a treadmill shelf, even those with a deep shelf near the display area may not hold the book flat. The key component will be a lip on the end of the shelf. Unfortunately most will not have that lip.
Absence of the lip means the book may close on its own. That’s annoying.
Mounting a Book to a Treadmill
As seen in the photo that accompanies this article, there’s a way to mount a book to a treadmill. A good mount will clamp to the display of the treadmill as well as hold onto the book. Some may clamp onto the book from the top and bottom, others from the top only. The best mounts will be easy to attach and remove.
This needs to be an easy task. Nobody wants to get to the gym for a 30 minute workout only to spend 15 minutes attaching a mount? Not me. So let’s look at a few options for mounting a book to a treadmill.
Consider the AdirSports Acrylic Universal Treadmill Bookholder. This is as simple as it gets. It’s a one-piece shelf made of clear plastic. Simply slip it over the display and it has a lip to hold the book open. It’s a little bulky to carry but gets the job done quickly and easily. It’s fairly easy to turn a page and simple to insert the book or magazine.
The second option to consider is the FlipKlip Treadmill Book Holder. This is a more compact mount versus the one previously discussed. This doesn’t clip to the treadmill. It sits atop the built-in shelf. The main purpose is to keep the book (or magazine) open. Simple to turn the page, just tuck it under one of the holders. You can hold the pages using a top or bottom holder although you don’t need to use both. In fact, it’s going to be easiest to use one or the other as that’s one less place to tuck the page under.
Most important on either of these two considerations is to ensure you are comfortable using it while on the treadmill. Be sure your coordination on the treadmill is stable enough to use the mount and read the book at the same time.