My Tread desk
Last year I bought myself a present: a tread desk. A whaaa? you say. It’s a treadmill under a standing desk!
I often spend several hours in my car and several hours checking email each day, so my sitting time has increased markedly in the last decade. Although I have a very nice desk chair, I found that my back hurt, my legs felt swollen after sitting too long, and I was often antsy in the evening from not moving enough. Studies show that, even exercising an hour or more daily, like I do, does not mitigate the unhealthy effects of being sedentary the rest of the day. So even though alot of people (Ian included) thought I was nutty to purchase a walking treadmill, I have to say it is the best present I have ever given myself. It is easy to read emails on my computer while walking, and I find I write better too. I now only sit at my desk to write bills.
This is not exercise for me, it just makes me feel better to be moving. I walk at a very slow pace, just 2 miles an hour. I average probably 90 minutes of walking over the course of a day, although a couple days ago I logged 3 1/2 hours. More time on the treadmill than that, and something on me starts to hurt – either a knee or a foot.
The treadmill has needed fixing twice (the motor and some ball bearings) in the 18 months I have owned it, which I think is too often, but fortunately the repairs were covered by warranty.
I bought the high desk from the company, but you can make one if you want to save some money. I really recommend it for anyone who spends alot of time sitting down. I predict these desks will become much more common in offices as people realize how unhealthy it is to sit all day. I believe rotating from a chair to the treadmill over the course of the day will improve productivity and lessen back pain, weight gain and those mid afternoon energy dips.
Do a search on treadmill desks, if you are interested. I am thrilled with mine.