|DIY Treadmill Desk|
Between working at my desk all day, using my computer for fun and then sitting on the couch watching television most nights for an hour or two, it's safe to say I sit on my ass a lot. And yep, that's not so great for you. Even though I work out 6 days a week, I hate that I spend easily 75% of my waking hours sitting.
On a whim, I asked Tim if he could build me a treadmill desk. I've seen these massive contraptions to make treadmill desks, but they basically transform it into a full-time desk, and I still want to use my treadmill for running (sans desk) as well. Magic carpenter man took a few measurements and brought me in a prototype by lunchtime. Have I mentioned yet that I love him? I really do.
For the past week I have been using my treadmill desk during the day, and I absolutely love it. I feel like I have less lower back pain, and I actually feel a little more productive as well. However, I'm not busting out 15 miles a day on this thing, you guys. Far from it.
Want to know how fast I walk while working? A whopping ONE mile per hour. That's a 60 minute mile. I don't breathe heavily, I don't sweat and I can talk completely normally. Plus, I'm only on it for a few hours a day - either the morning or the afternoon. I would definitely recommend using a treadmill desk if you can, but don't think of it as a workout, because it's not.
Do you have a sit-all-day type of job? Love it or hate it?
Love the job, not such a fan of sitting all day. For the record, if I was on my feet all day I would complain about that too. I like the 50/50 split best, though.
If you sit all day for work, do you do anything to counteract it?
I try to take breaks and stretch, stand up, etc. when I'm at my desk, but sometimes I forget and get all hunched over on the computer for far too long.