Treadmill desk update

Ok, so I’ve had my LifeSpan Fitness treadmill desk for probably six weeks now and it has definitely become part of the daily routine. In fact, I just returned from a two-day conference in Dallas where I had to sit all day and let me tell you, my body was not happy!

I’d say I am spending an average of two hours each day on the treadmill desk. I think it does help loosen up my legs when they are tired, but I also think that as a runner, I have to be careful not to overdo the treadmill desk…I will continue to gradually build the time I spend on it. I am also careful about using it in the week of a race–the last couple of days leading up to my race last week, I kept the walking down to about 30 minutes, just to be safe.

To give you guys a better idea of what the desk is like, and how easy it is to use, I shot some video. In the spirit of keeping it real, I kept the background noise of my daughter chasing after our cat in there, too! Take a look/listen:

I’m now a treadmill desk devotee and can’t imagine ever going back to sitting. We’re built to move and that’s how I intend to keep it.

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Disclaimer: I was given the treadmill for free; all opinions are my own.

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  1. I totally want a treadmill desk although my boss is not sure if a standing desk is professional looking so she probably wouldn’t go for the treadmill
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  2. I think it’s a great idea but not practical for my work. I’m moving around the room a lot while I look for fabrics and put them away and when I’m sewing I just don’t think I could control the foot pedal while walking. I’ll just have to keep getting my exercise from other sources.
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  3. This is awesome. Just one minor thing. Don’t you think it will be easier if your laptop is a bit further from the wall. It seems you are too close to the end of the treadmill and you have to be very careful.
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  4. I love it! I think it’s a fabulous idea. For people who have desk jobs this would be ideal way to get movement in during the day. My hubs is in IT and he could definitely use this! Like you said, we were meant for movement!
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  5. I’ve got to get our TM fixed so I can do this as well, really makes sense.
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  6. I like your comment that you have to be careful not to overdo it. I think incorporating more movement into our day is important, but as athletes we tend to take things to extremes. Lots of type A personalities! I think it can be intimidating to people just starting out b/c they think they’ll never be able to do so much. They need encouragement and realistic milestones to get started. And incorporating more movement into their workday can be a great place to start!
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  7. Omg I LOVE this!! What an awesome idea. I’m so glad it’s working out for you. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Love it! I have several clients who have tried standing desks but not a treadmill. I think it will help you “say loose”.
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    I used my kitchen table as a standing desk right now :-)
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  10. I want a mini treadmill platform for work! Love it!
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  11. I am a total SPAZ, so I am pretty confident that I would fall trying to type and walk at the same time haha. But I love the idea behind it. It looks awesome!
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  12. that’s SO awesome!! i’m a teacher so i couldn’t have one at school, but i would love one at home for blogging and blog reading!!
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  13. I definitely LOVE my raised desk SO much, but want a treadmill desk and my company is a little slow on progressing to that level just yet ;)
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  14. I think it is a great idea. I would love to start using a treadmill desk. Or at least a standing desk so I wouldn’t have to be sitting down all day.

  15. I would love a treadmill desk! I feel like I’d probably fall off a couple of times before getting used to it, but it would definitely beat sitting down all day. Part of the reason I love working from home is that i can take breaks to go for a run or walk the dog so I’m not sitting for extended lengths of time.
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  16. I love love this!!!!!!! I want one!
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  17. Love the treadmill desk concept. I wish I was able to have one where I work. Wait…maybe I wish I didn’t have to work at all instead. :-)
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  18. I could do this at home, but firstly I would want to be running, I think; and secondly – my treadmill is built with a huge frame so I wonder where this desk-part would go? It does look like you are close to the wall and on your TM backwards?? I’ll need to do more research…
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  19. I love this. I just got a standing desk at work and spend about half my day working at it. It feels like it has really helped my hips and legs not get as tight as from sitting all day. Would love a treadmill desk!
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  20. Still love it – I would feel so much better about the amount of time I spend on my laptop!!

  21. ohmygosh my butt hurts from sitting at my desk all day and all week last week!! I want one of these treadmill desks. Looks like it’s pretty great. Thanks for the video too. It’s super helpful to see how it is set up and how it works.
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  22. OBSESSED!! I want, want, want this treadmill desk!!!!!! I wouldn’t do as much cardio as I do in the AM! I do however have a stand up desk because I was getting back pain from sitting too much and… I was feeling guilty about being on my KEISTER ALL DAY LONG in front of the computer. Now I cannot sit in front of the computer EVER! lol. Funny how habits form!
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  23. As someone who works from home, I love this idea. I try to not get locked into sitting at my computer for too long and as a result I end up standing and typing a lot. This treadmill would be a nice alternative….if only I had the space!
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  24. oh my goodness this is too cool!!!!
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  25. I love this! I’m planning out my office space in our new house and wondering if there’s a way to make this happen… except that clients will be coming into my office. We’re hoping to get a treadmill for the basement, so maybe I can get some work done down there. My body definitely is not happy sitting, either!
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  26. It’s a great ideal,but not feasible for my job. Darn it.

  27. I think I would get motion sickness. I have to stare at a lot of details on the screen sometimes, and the slightest jostle would make me lose what I was reading/looking at.
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  28. What a fabulous idea!!! I LOVE this!! I want one now! :)
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  29. Gosh I would LOVE one of those! Awesome!
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  30. This is SO cool! I bet it does your feet good to walk barefoot each day.
    I do have a standing desk at work but would LOVE a treadmill!
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  31. AMAZING. Ahh this is so high up on my wish list. Dream of being you in that video lol. I used to bring my work to the gym’s treadmill in college and read or study while walking. Now that I do most of my work at a computer, that’s not really an option. Somedayyy…

    Thanks for sharing! I do think it’s important for people to understand–as you note in the video–that it’s not about getting a workout, but about staying in motion and breaking the sitting cycle.

    Keep walkin!
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  32. I sit at a computer all day long too. I’ve taken to doing squats and lunges every time I get up to go to the bathroom which is about every hour.

    My office is tiny, I’d love to have this at my desk :-)
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  33. LOVE this! I go insane sitting at a desk all day. I’m always wandering around for no reason because I get sick of sitting. Really wish my company had these!
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  34. Ah I want one of these so badly!! Except I just bought a normal treadmill :( What a great way to get things done but still keep moving! They should make these mandatory in all offices. I really hate sitting at my desk all day and just end up fidgeting bc I want to move.
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  35. I wish I could use one of these at my office… my boss would be totally against it though. Hmmm maybe for my home office….
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  36. That’s so interesting, thanks for taking the time to make the video. You look so calm and not bouncy at all.
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  37. I love this! A couple years ago I was visiting my parents and stopped by my Dad’s office and they have a community treadmill desk that anyone can use for a bit of time each day. I thought that was fantastic and every office should have at least one. I’ve never tried one myself but would absolutely love to. Great to see your review!
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  38. How cool! We are built to move..they need these in offices EVERYWHERE!!!!!
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  39. I didn’t know those existed! It would be so beneficial for offices to have these. Increase health of workers and not have as many absences due to illness.
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