The most common question I get from my friends after I tell them I use a treadmill desk is: “Holy crap, why do that to yourself?!” Or something similar. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not easy. It’s just like starting a workout routine and keeping true to it.
The most appealing part of a treadmill desk to me, compared with simply exercising more, is: efficiency. If you can learn to use a treadmill desk effectively, you can get a workout in while doing something productive. It takes several months of consistent usage to get to this point, but it’s doable. If you’re at all health conscious, you know exercise is one of the most important factors that will determine how “gracefully” you will age and you will work it in your life somewhere. If you can exercise while programming, reading, or even watching a movie, you get more of your day to day life back. You basically get more and better quality life. Exercise makes you healthier, it increases blood flow to the brain and makes you smarter (Stimulates BDNF production, help with executive function, all kinds of good stuff. I wrote an article HERE that talks more about the benefits of exercise on brain function), walking at a treadmill desk trains your cerebellum and body for better balance because it’s rather difficult to stay on the treadmill at first (balance is one of the first things to go when you start to age), it will help you lose weight and look better (good for attracting the ladies, if you know what I mean), and although I don’t have personal experience with this, I imagine employers would be impressed to know that you have already gotten used to using a treadmill desk. (It shows that you’re not afraid of hard work and that you think logically.)
So basically, it makes you smarter, healthier, live longer, live better, have a better chance at reproduction, and would probably impress your employer. The only downside is the potential for issues arising from improper ergonomics. I think I have it just about figured out though, but I’ll update my ergonomics page HERE when I find out something new. I don’t see any good reason why one wouldn’t benefit from a treadmill setup, at least to be used part of the time.
And finally, in addition to all that good health stuff, a treadmill desk also:
* Makes your kids want to use the computer less and go outside more.
* It makes computer games a bit more challenging.
* You get stronger feet, or you get new shoes. Either way you win.
* You get an extra chair (the one you used to use at the computer) for guests.
* The next time you’re stuck at the mall standing around waiting for someone, you can think to yourself “I’ve trained for this.”
* If you keep track of the time and miles you’ve put into walking when you would have otherwise been sitting, it becomes very satisfying to use the desk. You feel more accomplished when you use the computer.
* It’s psychologically beneficial since you are aware of the good you are doing for your body, and therefore you will likely feel better because of it, even if it’s just placebo.
Also, here are a list of references and articles I’m accumulating that support the health benefits. I don’t know if they’re necessary since you can ask any doctor or research article and they’ll all tell you that more exercise = better for your health.