I work at home and often sit in front of my computer doing research and writing. So I thought I’d give a treadmill desk a try.
I went about this in steps. First, I elevated my sitting desk to a standing desk. For about a month, I grew comfortable standing all day. Then I added a discreet treadmill (without handrails) under my standing desk, and voila — a treadmill desk.
I’m into my second week now and walking at a pretty slow, casual pace, about 1.4 miles an hour. When I first started, I thought I’d simply hop on the treadmill and be off walking all
day while working. But it turns out it’s really hard to walk, talk, think and concentrate.
James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic who came up with the idea of the treadmill desk, told me that my experience was pretty typical. “There’s a tendency to want to jump on the treadmill and walk for hours and hours a day,” he says. “Don’t do that. Certainly, at the absolute maximum, do half-hour on, half an hour off, for two to three hours a day.”