Goal: I’ve decided to make the leap to a treadmill/standing desk since I’ve heard so many good things about them. I am also going to record my process of acquiring and using it.
Motivation: Sitting is killing us. Standing is better, but moving is best. We evolved in motion and not sitting in a chair for 8 hours a day. There’s plenty of science that backs up exercise as being beneficial for your health, so I feel that I don’t need to justify its positive effects. Among the testimonials for standing desks include reduced back pain, more energy, more endurance, more creativity, and higher productivity. However, what I am more curious about is how much better is it? Am I going to discover the cure for cancer on this treadmill or am I going to be able to pay more attention to a piano playing cat? Is it worth it?
Here are my most pressing questions and how I plan on tackling the problem or answer the question:
How much will it cost?
Doing a quick search on treadmill desks on Google bring up many options, most of which are ridiculously priced at thousands of dollars. Some of those options, like the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk even have pretty good reviews and would probably do a decent job. But I’m in no mood to spend half a grand on a desk (that some have shown is pretty flimsy) and mostly made of plastic. I want to spend no more than I would for a regular desk and chair for a treadmill desk. (Say, around 300 bucks). I think this is doable with the right luck and creativity. I will describe the options I find in later posts. There are definitely cheap options available (cinder blocks + a regular desk) for a standing desk, so my goal is to find the happy median between a construction yard look and a 2 grand piece of plastic.
Will standing for prolonged periods of time have unforeseen consequences?
At this point, I have no desk, so I’m going to start paying more attention to every ache and pain that I encounter. I will record them before, during, and after using the treadmill desk for as long as I use it. I will make note and update my posts if any new pains emerge as what seems to be a consequence of using the treadmill desk. Reported pains include sore feet (if you have no padding or shoes), and possible joint pain (if you are using an incline on your treadmill).
How much better will this be for my health than using a sitting desk?
This one is going to be the most tough, so I need some decent metrics if I’m going to test this question properly. It’s about time I got a checkup, so I will get my blood tested before I start using the treadmill desk and have those metrics available for comparison. Additionally, I will try and take measurements of blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight. For subjective measurements, I can keep track of how well I sleep (since exercise may help that), if my existing back pain goes away, appetite, energy level, how often I get tired, and how productive I am when I use the computer for work.