First Week With My Treadmill Desk

I am in love. With my new treadmill desk! (sorry Kalonji). Oh my – I can’t even begin to describe how great this is but I’ll try. :-)

This week is my first week with my treadmill desk at work.  It is a LifeSpan TR800 DT-5 model and it has been wonderful! Here is what the desk looks like – it has a treadmill base and an independent adjustable height desk.  It is very sturdy.

 THE DESK

And, here is me on the desk the very first day.

After the first couple of days, I realized I had the desk too low. I found myself having to reach for the keyboard and it was causing me strain, so I moved up the desk height. I am 5 ft. 6 inches, and I have it on setting number 8.  I’ve been in this configuration for 4 days and it is working well. I also added a second monitor so that I would have a larger screen to look at and also have a screen at a higher height.This setup has been perfect.

 

My Physical Activity

The goal for getting the desk was to get me more active. I have not been able to be effective in getting much physical activity into my daily regimen for many years now and I believe this is finally the solution. So… this week, I have averaged between 1.5-2 miles each day. I tend to walk around .8mph and my number of steps average about 3,000 steps (though- two days this week I was over 8,000 steps/day! Chalk that low average up to me needing to ramp up at the beginning.)

Walking while working has been fairly east to do at this slower speed. Having the second monitor has really helped me improve my ability to focus while on the treadmill for sure. The first couple of days I was indeed sore from having walked on it, but by the end of the week I found that getting to work and getting started felt good. Seriously, it feels GOOD to get on and start moving – to start working my legs.

My Goals

My goals for this first week were simple; to get used to being on the desk for more than an hour a day and get used to working while walking. I believe I have accomplished that! My goal for upcoming week 2 (April 1- 5, 2013) is to try and average 5,000 steps a day.  As you can see, I’m taking it slow.  But, as I like to tell myself…

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “First Week With My Treadmill Desk

  1. I just discovered your blog from a recent post you made in the Genetic Genealogy group on Google+. I’m the wellness ambassador for my department at work and love your desk! i will need to come up with something similar myself at home. i sit way too much with these hobbies. Anyway, i’ve also just started with my mtDNA testing so I look forward to working through your information. That’s awesome how many people you have been able to test to compare everyone! I’ll be testing my dad soon for his Y-DNA and hope to get a male uncle or cousin on my maternal side to get that side’s Y, but I’m not sure what level I should do for those to make it worthwhile. Thanks for sharing your information!

    1. Hi Sheila – thanks for your comment. the treadmill desk is awesome! I am loving it so much – it really is helping me get more active. :-). Glad to see you’re interested in the genetic genealogy! Just a note – the testing I’ve done is not mtDNA or yDNA but autosomal DNA – it’s different and gives you matches from both your family sides, not just one — it’s very cool stuff. Let me know if you have any questions along the way and I’ll do my best to help!

      1. Ah. Ok. From the earlier skimming, I thought you had been able to explore a variety of tests. I realize that is a ton of information with so many relatives testing, so you already have your hands full. I’ll be following along. And I am inspire to put a standing (probably not walking) desk in when I redo my office next month. I was going with a shelving system from The Container Store anyway, but your post just showed me a better way/height to implement it! Thanks again for sharing. :)

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