I love what I do and I’m so grateful to be able to help people feel better. But, I’ve always wished one thing could be different about my career.
If only it wasn’t sedentary. There are two kinds of careers, those you shower before and those you shower after.
Now that my time is spent almost exclusively writing and researching, it’s been even more difficult. During patient care at least I got up and walked from room to room.
Several of my friends made the change to treadmill desks and they all raved about it. Some of the first few studies I saw suggested that people could not concentrate as well on them but newer studies and my friends’ experiences suggested otherwise.
I just made the plunge and I love it so far but we’ll see how it does over time.
Here are a few things I’ve learned already:
- Don’t expect to do 100% of your desk work on it. Before using the treadmill desk I sat on an exercise ball. I chose a treadmill desk that can lower enough to let me still use the ball as a chair for an alternate position.
- Start slowly. Even 1 MPH or so can be a good pace at first. Most desks only go up to 4 MPH for good reason. With any speed, it becomes really hard to type and read.
- Not for design. If you’re doing fine motor skill activities like graphic editing, a moving platform probably won’t work.
- Step count. I normally use my Garmin watch to track my steps. The bummer about a treadmill desk is that with my hands on the keyboard, my watch doesn’t know I’m walking 🙁
To your health,