Sit behind a desk more than three hours a day (who doesn’t?) read on.
Here are the facts:
Studies link prolonged bouts of sitting with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, abnormal metabolism, and increased risk of early mortality. Pretty scary stuff. Plus while you sit you burn about one calorie per minute verses up to three when you’re walking. Plus when many of us finish work behind the desk we park our rears in a comfy chair and watch a couple of hours of TV (ok, so I read, but I sill sit).
Then I read about Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, one of the first people to popularize the idea of a treadmill desk. You don’t go fast, you barely keep moving, but you aren’t sitting and you are moving, albeit slooowww. I’m not sprinting, but I am working on doing it for the long haul.
There are plans all over the internet on how to make a homemade version of the treadmill desk on the cheap, some as low as $35 if you already have the treadmill.
I opted to get a pre-made version, one they would last and handle the long hours a day I planned to log in. I did quite a bit of research and here is the one I opted to get: Lifespan Fitness. (I am not endorsing them or tied to the company financially, but I do like mine very much.)
I’ve had the desk for three weeks now and I’ve done at least two hours a day. I also use it as a standing desk and very rarely sit down at all. I made a homemade treadmill desk chair for those times I can’t stand another minute.
P.S. I haven’t fallen off yet and I’ve lost about five pounds without changing my diet.
Are you still using the tread desk? I’ve been looking towards one myself. More and more, my work consists of sitting at a desk for hours on end. My body is definitely not taking that favorably… I need to make a change before it gets out of hand.
I’ve been looking at tread desks for a while now, and I’m also gravitating towards the lifestyle models. Any advice, lessons learned, or encouragement appreciated…
No . . . but, I moved, literally. My once expansive office is now six feet by twelve ( I know this sounds incredibly small, but it’s actually pretty cool). Sadly, my treadmill is now just a treadmill and my desk while it’s great for writing is not so much so for my butt.
Would I buy a treadmill desk again if I had the room? Absolutely. An alternative that I’m working on is a standup desk. With a standup desk you get about two-thirds of the health benefit, you just don’t get the big calorie burn.
Hemingway loved his standup desk. And if it’s good enough for Papa H . . .
Oh, and by the way, I did fall off my desk twice. once from getting really into what I was doing and zoning out and other time it may have had something to do with a margarita.