Last week I got the idea I wanted a treadmill desk. They’re kind of trendy right now and apparently sitting like I do for extended periods of time isn’t super healthy.
That was the easy part. When it came to the question of what to do next to actually build the thing, I wasn’t sure where to start. (Not handy, remember?)
Thankfully my engineer wife jumped right in.
It was determined a cutout needed to me made to fit the desk part over the treadmill control panel. Here she is creating a carefully measured posterboard template of the hole.
After testing the template, we were ready to cut. Only one problem — no power tools.
It was Simon to the rescue! We interrupted Mr Handyman from his far-more-ambitious Pergola-building-project to help with our desktop-cutout.
Using an impressive array of power tools (well, impressive to us — really only a small fraction of his collection), we soon had put a hole in a perfectly good desk. He even let me help, and not just for the picture :)
I made some nerd joke about how this isn’t the kind of router I normally work with.
After that, it was routine Ikea allen-wrench construction. I knew I was hanging onto that 10-year-old monitor for a reason.
It’s kind of addicting to see how many calories you can rack up just walking and doing my normal work.
So far this week I’ve set it to 1 mph for a leisurely stroll. I’m embarrassed to admit I was definitely sore the first couple days. Just standing for a length of time I’d normally sit is a challenge. I’m doing 3-5 miles a day, and hope to improve on that as time goes by.
Productivity is up 17%.
Interested in a treadmill desk of your own? My buddy Joel put together a nice post of treadmill desk reviews for your research and enjoyment.
February 2012 Update:
I’m loving life with my treadmill desk. It’s hard to imagine all those hours I spent sitting before.
After 2 months of honing my typing-while-walking skills, I’m up to 1.8 mph, and averaging 8 miles a day.
It’s pretty awesome.
May 2013 Update: