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afchicana
10-16-2011, 05:26 PM
So I work from home with means sitting 8+ hrs 5 times a week. My solution after lots of research is a treadmill desk.

As I'm typing this I'm walking 1mph on my new treadmill. There are fancy treadmill desks and then there are cheap treadmill desks :) or in my case free since I made it out of leftover insulation foam that I found in the garage. I just cut pieces to fit over the top of the handle bars and kept stacking and stacking until I got the right height. This is not the prettiest solution but it's working and doesn't cost a ton.

Hoping this works longterm !


QuilterInVA
10-16-2011, 05:38 PM
1 mile an hour!

ERHR
10-16-2011, 05:51 PM
That is so cool! Good for you for DIY.


jomatho
10-16-2011, 06:42 PM
Love this! I "sit" on the computer way too much also.

spryng
10-16-2011, 07:07 PM
I love this idea! I also work at home.. do you use a laptop? I only have a desktop so I'm not sure if I could do the same thing or not.. but I'd sure love to! any ideas??

lin43
10-16-2011, 08:39 PM
I've been doing this for a while now (at least a year). Believe it or not, I'm now up to walking 3.0 mph (elevation 4) while working on my computer. For the longest time, I walked 2.5 mph, but then I increased my speed this year. I've always been a naturally very fast walker, and once I'm "in the zone" I don't even remember I'm walking.

Doesn't it feel great to be getting exercise and getting something else done as well! My homemade tread-desk has been the single most important difference in my attitude toward exercise (i.e., I don't feel stressed because I don't have to carve out specific time to just exercise).

lin43
10-16-2011, 08:43 PM
I love this idea! I also work at home.. do you use a laptop? I only have a desktop so I'm not sure if I could do the same thing or not.. but I'd sure love to! any ideas??


Google "office walkers." It's a forum dedicated to people who use tread-desks (either bought or homemade). Many of the people there have posted photos of their homemade tread-desks. Some use laptops, and others use desktops (I use a desktop). My husband created mine by attaching a very simple board for my keyboard and mouse to the front bar of my treadmill. I had to prop it up more with some foam and even a folded mesh bath mat. I put my monitor on the top of a bookshelf that was the perfect height, and I moved the bookshelf near enough to my treadmill to see (I had to empty the bottom shelf, and pushed the lower half of my treadmill into that shelf). Also, I just use the Ctrl + keys to increase the font size on my screen to see it well.

Now this set-up doesn't look pretty, but it's my "office" and, frankly, no one but me goes in there anyway.

swtbttrfly23
10-16-2011, 08:54 PM
Actually, that's a pretty genius idea! I'd take one of those and just station my laptop on it, I could get tons of exercise the way I check my email...

afchicana
10-17-2011, 10:08 PM
End of Day 1 :)

Started out very motivated. Stepping on the treadmill meant I wasn't just kind of awake. I was way more productive and with the exception of 3 phone calls and a 3 hr break in the afternoon (I sat in a chair for this time...worried about over doing it) I accomplished more work than usual in my day.

I'm in love with this ugly rigged desk...I'm on it right now while watching Made of Honor for the hundredth time. I figured I could get in a couple more miles at 2.5 pace while surfing the internet.

2.0-2.5 pace worked really great for me. I lowered to 1.5 for a coffee break a couple of times but all considered I'll have 10 miles done today....which is 10 more than last Monday :)

Hopefully I'm not too sore tomorrow.

pockets
10-17-2011, 10:48 PM
That's awesome and sooo totally brilliant!!

Miaka
10-18-2011, 12:43 AM
Great idea, I need to install my own.

yoyoma
10-18-2011, 08:48 AM
I do this too! And mine is also jury-rigged. I walk at least 2 hours/day. I find I can do that comfortably while doing stuff that doesn't require a lot of thinking. For real work, I need to slow down or stop in order to focus.

I love love love it!!! It means that I don't have to carve out extra time to exercise. I'm on it right now! :)

yoyoma
10-18-2011, 08:53 AM
1 mile an hour!

For your edification, Susan, most special purpose treadmill desks are designed with a maximum of .5 (one half) mph. The point is not to have the ultimate cardio workout, but to get away from the sedentary lifestyle that so many of us with desk jobs have been locked into for decades. Recent studies are showing that sitting for several hours a day is unhealthy and strenuous workouts at the gym do NOT compensate for that.

MariaMaria
10-18-2011, 11:11 AM
How does a treadmill desk work then? I mean, most of us just strolling along aimlessly and without thoughts of speed or effort clock around a 20-minute mile, which is 3 mph in treadmill-speak.

dominodreams
10-21-2011, 03:03 PM
Post pics! I want to see!

I wish I could make some sort of portable version to take to the gym with me on my lunch "break"... I still probably wouldn't get much done... Oh well.

Just be careful. I've heard about people getting *too* distracted and injuring themselves or dropping something that gets caught and breaks the machine.

Otherwise it sounds great! You don't even have to break a sweat to be worth it! And for me it would be great on my back, since I have pretty bad back problems and sitting all day is **** on it. Unfortunately I work in an office, so working on a treadmill isn't really feasible... :(

yoyoma
10-22-2011, 09:34 AM
How does a treadmill desk work then? I mean, most of us just strolling along aimlessly and without thoughts of speed or effort clock around a 20-minute mile, which is 3 mph in treadmill-speak.

Well, I have a treadmill that has two very sturdy handles that are flat and I just set a plank on top of it (actually, it's a few sheets of styrofoam duct-taped together to keep the weight low, more for the convenience of putting on/taking off, since my husband doesn't use it than for fear of hurting the treadmill).

On top of that, I place my laptop, remote controllers, sometimes a beverage, etc. The most important thing being my laptop, which I am using right now. I tend to walk at 2 mph, and I have no trouble typing at that speed. For a while, I did try running with inspiring youtube videos, but that was too far too fast for me and I found I didn't want to keep that up. I may try that again as a slower break-in in the future. But for now, my rule is that I spend at least 2 hours walking at 2 mph a day. Some days I spend a lot more time on the treadmill at various speeds. Other days, I go into work (where I stand at my desk, by choice. I only go in 2 days/week and I don't see any possibility of having a treadmill there, but I would love one there too).

Post pics! I want to see!

I wish I could make some sort of portable version to take to the gym with me on my lunch "break"... I still probably wouldn't get much done... Oh well.

Just be careful. I've heard about people getting *too* distracted and injuring themselves or dropping something that gets caught and breaks the machine.

Otherwise it sounds great! You don't even have to break a sweat to be worth it! And for me it would be great on my back, since I have pretty bad back problems and sitting all day is **** on it. Unfortunately I work in an office, so working on a treadmill isn't really feasible... :(


Sorry, I'm picture-challenged. Maybe when I get my new phone (current one just broke).

Dropping something on the treadmill is a risk, I suppose. I think that's why the official treadmill desks cap the speed at .5 mph. But I'm not planning on practicing my juggling skills. Usually, the trickiest think I attempt is a sip of a drink or a setting change on a remote. So far, so good!

afchicana
10-23-2011, 09:37 AM
So after one full week I managed just over 35 miles and felt better than I've felt in a long time. I ended up at a pace of 2.5 mph most of the time and that worked great for me at least after I warmed up. I also got a surprise yesterday , my husband was so happy that I was actually doing this that he built me a wooden desk with strategic holes driven in for zip ties :) I'll post pics soon of my desk (ghetto) and the one he made (he even painted little running girls on it).

I know for me spousal support is huge and being that he has not touched his saw we got 5 years ago or to my knowledge any other in the 8+ yrs I've known him his gift was awesome(and not asked for which makes it better) .... So while he won't go to the gym with me or get enthusiastic about grilled chicken he found his way to support.

afchicana
10-23-2011, 10:37 AM
The pink one was made of tape and insulation material I found in the garage , it took about 10 mins.

The black one is the one my husband made me (lots longer than 10 mins and a trip to the hardware store.)

dominodreams
10-24-2011, 04:16 PM
I know for me spousal support is huge and being that he has not touched his saw we got 5 years ago or to my knowledge any other in the 8+ yrs I've known him his gift was awesome(and not asked for which makes it better) .... So while he won't go to the gym with me or get enthusiastic about grilled chicken he found his way to support.

Awww!! I know what you mean, though. My bf does all the cooking (I'm one lucky chickie, I know!) so he's the one measuring EVERYTHING, and it's been a huge help to not have to worry about my portions. :)

I LOVE the desk idea! I suggested the idea to my boss (who works in the office, but does a lot of work at home) and he loved the idea!

I mentioned the idea to my bf and he found this:
http://www.treadmilldeskinc.com/shadow.html

It's a bit pricey (and they only go up from there!) but we don't have a treadmill at all, so if we decide to get one, we might go that route, depending on finances... Regardless, though, it's a fantastic idea!

wtfudge
10-24-2011, 08:36 PM
That sounds so dorky, haha... I want to be able to get a tread/desk but that'd be hard to casually explain to guests lol. Good for you though, it sounds like a lot of fun!!