This past Friday night I walked for about five hours while watching a drummer drum along to requested rock and pop songs to raise funds for his friend’s chemo treatments. I sang along out loud while (at the drummer’s request to the people watching in the chat) typing lyrics. You will note that since my first post about my treadmill desk my multitasking skills have greatly improved.
I was only walking 1.2 mph so the drummer I was watching got a much better workout – drumming for basically 7.5 hours straight. (You should check out his next fundraising drumming session here). But being able to stick with any type of physical activity for five hours straight without getting bored is a breakthrough for me.
For the first two weeks that I used my treadmill desk I was working on a major desktop publishing project. Since then I’ve mostly been treading while writing. Admittedly this often includes time catching up on Facebook and Twitter, gaming, watching drum-a-thons and just getting lost in the wonder that is the internet.
Mindless surfing aside, I find my treadmill desk has really helped with my tendency to procrastinate about writing and exercising. Now, if I feel like walking, I might as well write. And, if I feel like writing, I might as well walk.
I read an interesting article recently by Justin Jackson on Lifehacker about keeping your desk as a place where you work and stepping away to complete non-work tasks. The writer had a standing desk. I’m wondering if he would step away as often if he had a treadmill desk.
If I want to watch a movie by myself I stay at my treadmill desk, power up Netflix on my computer and walk along. Watching tear jerkers on Netflix is tricky because the Kleenex box often slides off my slanted desktop surface when I’m reaching for my next tissue sending everything else flying. Otherwise it’s a great way to not feel guilty about taking a break.
A couple I know who both work from home are considering treadmill desks and asked about my progress (hence this post). One works many hours editing video so although, like me, he would love to spend more time walking outdoors that isn’t always possible.
To me the best part about a treadmill desk is that you don’t even notice you are getting a workout. And, it’s fun. While watching the drum-a-thon the other night I didn’t even notice I was exercising. A few Saturdays ago I spent two hours walking and belting out 80′s songs while watching Youtube videos with embedded lyrics. Crazy, yes, but a good cardio workout nonetheless.
Do you only use your desk space for work? Do you use a treadmill or standing desk? Do you like to sing or watch movies while walking? Feel free to comment.