Nov 28, 2016

Treadmill desk - 1 month down!

With the full knowledge of how bad a sedentary lifestyle is and, in an effort to get my butt out of the chair more often, I decided, after talking to LoveCat Bronwyn Jameson who also has one, I was going to get a treadmill desk.

My hubby suggested to just get a standing desk but I figured if I was going to stand I might as well walk, right?

I've had my treadmill desk for a month today.


This is how it arrived -



This was the sexy dude who put it together for me. I think I'll keep him :-)


This is it, all pristine and new and ready to go. It looks quite glorious in the sunshine there, doesn't it? Welcoming. Beckoning, even. Go on, step on, you know you want to try me....


And this is me on it the other day. Multi-tasking my butt off. Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming. Answering emails. Checking out Amazon and Goodreads and generally spending two hours a day on it doing my usual rounds of social media/procrastinaton enabling tools.


They recommend that you go 2k/hr as a good walking/typing speed but its actually much slower than my normal walking pace so it was just too weird. I walk at 4k/hr and its just right. I'm not writing any creative words, mind. Just short social media stuff. I dont think it would work for me actually trying to write. I'd definitely have to slow it down more just for the typos and I think I'd get frustrated with the speed. But I've gone from maybe walking 2k/day three days a week on my street walks and doing about 3-8k steps according to my fitbit to walking 8k most days (4-6 on interrupted days) and achiving about 14 -15k steps every day.

Do I feel fit and healthy and vital and springing around with energy?Umm...no. Maybe that'll come. But I know it's good for me and I really like being able to walk so many k's without feeling like I'm doing any exercise (which I really really hate!) all while accomplishing the things I would normally do sitting on my butt. There's something about the efficiency that is addictive to this multi-tasking addict. 

So its win/win all round for me. I'm just hoping I stick with it and its not some fad that will soon lose its gloss....

What about you? Ever been on a diet or a fitness kick or started a new hobby only to have the gloss wear off and abandon it a few weeks later. I know I have....



30 comments:

  1. Good for you, Amy. What a brilliant way to squeeze in some exercise without hitting the gym. As you probably know, I'm a bit of an exercise freak as I can't stand being inactive. But because of the long periods of sitting while writing my back really struggles, A treadmill might be the answer. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I am the complete opposite to you. Think I have sloth genetics somewhere along the way!

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  2. The joys of our careers, eh? Butts that have a mind if their own. I love this idea, Amy. I'd never heard of one of these before. Go you.

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  3. " social media/procrastinaton enabling tools." I love this term..I always wondered what it was I did on the couch with my laptop..now it has a name.

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  4. I absolutely admire your co-ordination. I doubt I could surf social media and walk safely on a treadmill at the same time. It could get really messy, I think. I'm terribly sedentary and I know I need to move more and stress less, it's just the execution of it that I struggle with.

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    1. Oh yes, what we know and how we feel about it are often two different things, aren't they Yvonne?

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  5. You are a braver woman than I am. ;) I need to get back on my excise bike. Doesn't hurt my joints. Keep up the good work. Jan. xxx

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    1. Tried an exercise bike once, Jan - lasted about 2 weeks.....

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  6. Well done Amy

    And yes I have tried many times over the years to lose weight and get fit and am at it again and I have to say I am pretty sure this is the longest I have stayed at it although the last few weeks have been tough too much going on but I am still pretty much walking 4 to five days a week and listening to an audio books as I walk which I really enjoy I normally walk for around 30 mins and get to around 8k a day on the fitbit and am determined to keep going and get back on track :)

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. As I've tld you beforre, Helen - you are my inspiration! So pleased the audio books are working out for you. They were the only thing that made me want to walk!

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  7. I've been very curious about the writing desk - glad to hear you're enjoying yours! I did wonder how it would be for writing for longer periods, but it sounds perfect for doing emails and social media.

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    1. I'm sure some people do it, Stef and maybe if I gave it a whirl, I might be able to manage it but I spend a couple of hours on scial media/business stuff a day so it makes sense to utilise the treadmill desk for that.

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  8. Amy, that sounds brilliant! I've wondered about these but couldn't really imagine walking and typing at the same time. I have a sit/stand desk which has been wonderful - much better than the usual desk and I can focus on my writing while I stand. I wonder if I could indulge in a treadmill desk for writing other stuff? Too decadent?

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    1. I think that hs been the best thingabout the tready desk, Annie. Demarcating my socioal media from my writing. When I'm walking its SM. When I'm sitting at my desk its word count. I've not been so efficient with my writing in a very long time!

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    2. Oh and no....not decadent :-) You can use the trready desk as a standing desk as well, just dont turn it on :-)

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  9. Hi AA - gawd....one more way for me to fall over! I love the idea, but I know I'd end up in a tangle of arms and legs and then probably crutches! I bought an ab machine off the internet once...put it together, sat down, did one abdominal crunch and threw my back out and had to have three weeks off work LOL. Think I'll stick to safe activities like horse riding and kayaking :) Really looking forward to hearing how it works for you...and jealous that you can walk and write at the same time :):)

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    1. lol, horse riding :-) As an ex nurse this does not sound like a safer option to me, Helen ;-)

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  10. AA, I LOVE this. Go, girl! Helen Amazing, you kayak as well as ride horses? That's why the rest of us dream of treadmill desks - because we don't kayak or ride horses (at least, not any more...) HUGS

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    1. Thanks Cheryse. Helen is amazing, isn't she? Judt looking at a horse terrifies me....

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  11. Wow, colour me impressed, Amy! My fitness kicks and diets usually peter out within a ridiculously small time frame. I like to walk (find it relaxing), so I can keep that up (as long as the temps are reasonable), and I like to swim...so I'll often go down to the beach for a bit of splash about on a summer afternoon, but it's not real exercise.

    I once bought a fitness DVD and did it once. ONCE. It hasn't see the light of day since. Yep, I am that person. ;-)

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    1. lol - I did that klast year, Michelle! Once. I think it maybe the same one you brought? Ripped? Or something like that...

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  12. The treadmill desk looks great, AA! Well done. Not sure I'm co-ordinated enough to walk and read/write at the same time!
    I have a cupboard full of unused exercise DVDs and videos, and a shelf full of opened-once diet cookbooks! LOL.

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    1. Ha! Love it, Louisa. The non-diet cookbooks are always more inviting :-)

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  13. Glad to hear the treadmill desk is still being used. I have my doubts about my ability to coordinate if I was to use one.
    I try not to buy into fads with exercise/fitness as I already have enough challenges without adding that it.
    Like most I do have a pile of recipes and recipe books related to various eating trends.
    Thank you for putting a name to why 2 or more hours disappears when I'm on my laptop.

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  14. Yay, Amy, so glad it's working out for you!!! Love your use/demarcation as well. Must admit that I use mine most for writing-associated tasks -- planning, plotting, outlining, editing -- rather than new words. The new-words writing requires a VERY slow barely-moving stroll. The other stuff I'm around that 2km/hr mark. 4km/hr is for walking while listening to audiobooks. I could not type and walk at the same time at that speed!

    Right now, I'm on a challenging health program. I Quit Sugar. I'm in my fourth week and while I'm enjoying the challenge and the food and feeling so much better in myself, I can't see myself never eating chocolate again. Or ice-cream.

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    1. Ive not thought of editing at the tready desk, Bron but may give this a whirl and see how I go.

      I love the whole I Quit Sugar thing. I really do believe its the big evil in our diets - not fat!! As I usally always try to follow a low carb eating regime, I'm pretty good at exclduing sugar anyway. As for chocloate, I've never been a big one for it (although can indulge as much as the next person when in the mood) I've found that the Lindt dark chcolate blocks of 70% and higher are excellent for that. They have diffeernt flavours now too. I like the cocnut and the lime although the plain 85% cocoa one is best for carbs/sugar and I've found because its thin and you can only eat square or two that I've come to enjoy it.

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    2. I'm pretty sure that once I get through the initial 8-week programme -- I'm currently midway through the hard slog detox phase of eliminating all sugar, all forms, including fruit WHICH IS KILLING ME!!! -- we get to reintroduce natural sugars and learn how much sugar within the larger diet is okay. And I hope I'll be able to go the super-dark chocolate. I am a fan of that.

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