I walk. I work. I stay more alert. I feel better at the end of the day. Research supports this.
Plenty of other people dig the idea it seems. The rising term is “Treadmill Desk.” Units go for about $4,000 but I hacked mine together for about $400. Why? I was finding ways to simply get up from my desk to take a walk. I’d do stuff like park in the last parking space farthest out from the building. I just personally feel better when I get some physical activity in. Being that I suspended my martial arts training and regular workouts (school!), I wasn’t feeling the best. And I’ve wanted to get/make a treadmill desk for awhile now. So I did. Thankfully my Director supports me modding my workspace.
1. “James Levine, M.D. and his colleagues in the NEAT (Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis) lab at Mayo Clinic have pioneered an “Office of the Future” — a fully functioning office that bears a marked resemblance to a gym. Complete with treadmills that serve as both desks and computer platforms and a two-lane walking track that serves as a meeting room, Dr. Levine and his entire staff have a unique, active work environment.”
2. “Between eight and fourteen hours on the average workday, I’m staring at a screen and typing on a keyboard. … Rather than sitting, you walk at a slow pace. Because the human body has evolved to walk long distances, a healthy person can comfortably walk several miles a day. After just a few days, I was consistently walking about 6 or 7 hours a day. It’s been about a month now, and I’ve used the treadmill desk every day I’ve worked from home.”
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