Today it’s snowing and cold in Denver. While it’s tempting to use that as reason for not getting some exercise, using a treadmill desk in the office makes it almost as easy as getting outside for a walk. And in some ways it’s better, since I can easily type, read, talk on the phone and do just about any other typical office activity while I’m exercising. And for me personally, I tend to have better concentration on the treadmill desk. It must be the improved blood circulation.
Now I’m only moving at 1 mile per hour, so it’s not like a typical workout. But it is free exercise that I’m getting (covering a mile each hour) relative to the usual “sitting in an office chair” approach which usually just leaves me slouching with bad posture and a sore back. Working on the treadmill desk actually helps me maintain my focus, and I think it feels better on my back.
Attached are a couple of pictures of the set up. It takes a few times to get used to the gently motion of walking this slow, but that passes pretty quickly. A few pointers if you take the plunge and try one out:
- Resist the temptation to increase the speed beyond about 1.5 MPH. It’s tempting to go faster, but things get a bit unstable at that speed. Plus you’ll start to sweat and make obnoxious noises (see below)
- Walking at a slow speed (I usually set it around 1.2 MPH) lets you walk at a pace that keeps you from sweating, and it keeps the treadmill quieter
- Walking at a slow speed means you can walk in your work shoes, without having to worry about changing your shoes.
- Don’t try to spend a full day on the treadmill desk, especially at first. Start with shorter (1 hour) sessions.
- Remember that the purpose isn’t to be getting a vigorous workout. You’re just trying to replace some sedentary work time with some much needed motion.