Okay, I have to admit, I am obsessed. What started out as a way to see if I liked using a treadmill desk has, over the last 30 days, turned into a daily must for me. I’ll tell you more about why this is my new obsession, but first I’ll give you a closer look at the basics.
Set up simplified
If you remember from my previous post a month ago about my new treadmill desk workstation, I have it set up so I can use my desk in a standard sitting position and then electrically move my desk up, and slide my keyboard tray and monitors over so I can walk on my treadmill desk. At first, getting my monitors set exactly the way I wanted them each time I moved them from side to side was a big frustration for me; partly because I wasn’t used to continually adjusting them, and partly because I know I can be way too much of a perfectionist when it comes to the way things look. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for this concern to disappear. After moving them back and forth over and over they soon just seemed to fall right into place, and now I don’t even give the process a second thought.
When I first started using my treadmill desk I closely followed the recommendations made by the inventor of the treadmill desk, Dr. James Levine. He suggests using your treadmill on and off during the day for a total of 2 to 3 hours, so I walked one hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. It is also recommended that you use a treadmill at a speed less than 2 miles an hour while working, so I started out at just 0.5mph and bumped that up to 1.5mph after a day or two. That is pretty much the speed I have stayed with over the last 30 days, because at 1.5mph I find that I am still able to type well, and feel like I am experiencing a pretty good workout without getting too warm and gross in my office clothes. I also find that walking for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon still works for me; it breaks up my morning and keeps me motivated during the afternoon, especially after lunch. Plus in 2 hours I am able to get pretty close to my current daily goals.
My current daily goal is to get as close as possible to the Surgeon General’s recommendation of 10,000 steps a day. When I walk for 2 hours at 1.5mph I end up with an average of about 9,500 steps, so pretty close. This turns out to be about 3 miles and 260 to 275 calories. I’ve kept track of my statistics over the last 30 days and to my astonishment I have taken 283,659 steps, burned 7,983 calories and walked a total of 91.5 miles! To give you an idea of what it’s like to walk more than 90 miles: it is equivalent to walking across the Golden Gate Bridge 54 times, making 36 laps at Daytona Speedway, or finishing more than 3 and a half marathons! Phew! No wonder I can feel a difference.
How do I feel after 30 days?
I feel great. There’s really no better way to sum things up. Besides a little bit of unsteadiness in my legs when I first began using my treadmill, I haven’t experienced any negative effects or annoyances. I feel more productive and feel like I am now pretty good at working and typing well while walking on my treadmill. I also feel more motivated to not only use my treadmill desk every day, but to be healthier in general. I’ve adopted healthier eating habits and make sure I get in some sort of exercise every day; I’ve even started going on walks on the weekends when I can’t get in my treadmill fix. I feel healthier already and when I visited the doctor this week, I found out I have lost 13 pounds since I started using my treadmill desk! I can’t believe the improvements in just 30 days. Now you can probably see why I am obsessed with my treadmill desk; it’s something that I absolutely need to use during the work day and something I crave when I am away!
The effects I have already seen are of course just the short-term ones. I am excited for the other positive health effects I can experience long-term by using my treadmill desk, such as better circulation and reducing my risk of osteoporosis, diabetes and even vascular disease. I’ll keep you posted periodically with updates regarding my treadmill desk and the great changes I am seeing.
Again, if you choose to switch to a treadmill desk you definitely want to check with your doctor before changing up or beginning any new fitness routine. Is a treadmill desk something you use on a regular basis? Have you experienced some of the same effects? Is there anything stopping you from trying a treadmill desk? Let me know!