Follow-Up: Treadmill Desk

If you read my first post about my treadmill desk >>here<< I promised I would come back with an update.

Well, I’ve now had my treadmill desk for 3 months.  I was on vacation for about 6 weeks of that time, but I have now used it enough to give a good analysis of what I love and don’t love about it.

First, photos of the set-up.  I have “stations” around my office to separate things out.

A large format printer station with empty table for projects:

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Dual monitors to one hard drive with wireless mouse/keyboard at the treadmill and wacom tablet and regular keyboard at the seated desk:

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TV on top of drawers that hide all of my supplies– I rotate the tv toward whichever desk I am currently using.  And also a Cameo
station on top of the filing cabinet.  And, um, nail polish:

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Things I Love:

  1. I easily complete at least 10,000 steps a day while working.
  2. I forget that I’m walking.
  3. I can easily type emails and Facebook/Pinterest/YouTube/Whatever while walking.
  4. I have much longer email endurance when walking.  I get extremely fidgety while sitting and having something to do with my legs while emailing keeps my brain more focused.   This likely stems from ADD issues I have.  If you are not good at multi-tasking, this might not work for you.  I have to keep my brain extremely active or I get distracted.  I tend to have very loud music or tv stimulation plus walking while answering email.  This keeps me focused.  Your mileage (bad pun) may vary.

Things I Don’t Love But Accept:

  1. I quickly realized that although I can do a lot of things while walking, I can’t design fonts and walk.  I have a dual monitor system to fix this issue– 2 monitors and 2 workstations in the same office that I rotate through as needed.
  2. The placement of the control panel annoys me, as I feel like the hard plastic bit on it rubs on my arms while I type.  This is not a dealbreaker.  I have found a spot to put the keyboard where it bothers me 90% less.  I can deal with 10% annoyance.
  3. I don’t like to drink coffee while walking.  I don’t know why.  I have to sit to enjoy my coffee.
  4. I didn’t have room for both a hammock AND a treadmill, so I moved the hammock to my daughters’ homeschool room.  Sadness.

I feel so much better when I get in my steps while working.  I finish the day with a good attitude.  I used to finish my work day mentally exhausted and physically sore from sitting in my chair all day.  Now I finish less mentally exhausted but having walked miles instead of sitting.  I’m not sure how that works, but it does.  I definitely notice that  my overall mood is better while work-walking.

I do vary speeds a bit.  I started at 1.4 mph while answering emails.  I can now comfortably do emails at speeds up to 2mph.  Again, remember, cardio is not the goal, this is just to keep MOVING.  There is a bit of a learning curve in trying to type and walk at the same time.  I use a Wacom tablet at my seated desk area, but I do have to use a mouse while walking.  I am getting better and better with “aim” while walking and using a mouse.

I have been watching some video tutorials on YouTube about Illustrator. When I watch those I am passively watching (not participating by doing something in Illustrator) so I do increase the speed to 3mph or 3.5mph while watching those.

I was definitely concerned about coordination and whether I would fall off the treadmill while working and injure myself.  This hasn’t been an issue at all.  I don’t get dizzy or anything either.  I’m sure this might be an issue for some, but it hasn’t been for me.

All in all, I’m extremely happy with this purchase and hope the health benefits of walking instead of sitting pay off longterm 🙂  And I walked 1.5 miles while typing this, which is better than sitting!

P.S. All drawer units, tables, and filing cabinet in my office are from Ikea.  The Alex drawers are my favorite!