It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed any topics relating to working from home. This one has been on my mind and I haven’t been able to address it because it was such a big issue and I didn’t know what to do about it.
Around Christmas time, I got a Fitbit. I realized very quickly that I had an issue. I was active- in spurts. We would go to the beach and I’d get 19,000 steps in a day. And then I’d go home. And my commute is a single flight of stairs to my home office. And then I sit for 3 hours. Workout. Sit for 5 more hours. The workout isn’t enough. Articles like this one and this one and this one all point to SITTING being just as bad on our bodies as smoking. Even for those who workout intensely on a daily basis, sitting is no good.
I’m not alone here. I’ve talked to several work at home friends and we’re all struggling. My husband realized from his Fitbit that he gets 7-9,000 steps a day just from walking around his classroom. He’s up and moving all day. I’m not. I sit at my desk- answering emails, designing, and doing all the daily things that I need to do on my computer.
After increasing frustration, I realized that I had to find a way to make my job active. I didn’t want something that was going to take me -away- from working like adding another workout period. My goal was to make the sitting time NOT sitting time.
Last week, I hit a breaking point and ordered the treadmill desk you see above.
Now, I don’t expect to be able to design while walking. I may have to stand still or even sit at my regular desk. But if I can use this to work through a few hours of email, it’s better than sitting for those few hours.
We are not made to sit. Our bodies are just not intended to sit there all day long. I hate the way I feel after hours at the desk. I’m hoping this will help.
To be clear, this is not about cardio. This is not about “working out”. This is about moving (however slowly- moving!) while working.
Do you work at home? In an office where you sit all day? How do you deal with this? Do you have a standing or walking desk?
If you have a treadmill desk, are you able to keep working as you are walking?
I’ll report back in a month or two with an update.