Anyone out there use a treadmill desk?

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gkcfm95

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Posted: 24 Dec 2013, 06:41
A while back I came across an article about using a treadmill desk. Right now I sit 8 hrs a day, so I know anything is better than what I do now. I work from home, so it's totally do-able and I have the space. I've thought about it off and on, but not sure if I want to make the investment in a treadmill.

I've tried raising my desk so I can stand and type and I can do that for about an hour, then my legs get restless and my lower back gets a little sore. But I'm not sure if it would be better walking.

Any thoughts??

~kelly
Draglist

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Posted: 24 Dec 2013, 12:48
I haven't tried it but the folks at the BusinessInsider.com website tried it and wrote about it. I did not read that but you can find the article no doubt. I also sit a lot at work and would like to investigate a standing desk option. But a treadmill while working is hard to wrap my head around! Would love to hear about it if you give it a try.
Skinny...

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Posted: 24 Dec 2013, 13:14
I don't have one, but I saw a news report on them. I think it is a great idea if you can afford one. Anything beats sitting for hours. I purchased an exercise bike, but the sore butt thing keeps me off of it. I think I'd much rather walk...
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 24 Dec 2013, 13:41
Exercise bike. Consider a recumbent bike. Fanny friendly. And if it still hurts, there is a "tush cush" you can order from Amazon. Pretty cool bike.

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mummydee

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Posted: 26 Dec 2013, 12:46
Hah! a tush cush? I have lotsa tush cush thank you very much,lol, that's the problem....

Instead of sitting on a chair, try an exercise ball. While you are not moving as you would on a treadmill, you are constantly engaging the core muscles to keep you steady and upright.
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 26 Dec 2013, 14:29
I use a stability ball for a lot of my exercises. And as Mummy said, works the core muscles, strengthens the back. I love mine.

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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 26 Dec 2013, 14:53
there is even an exercise ball chair you can get for abt $100. A co-worker has one at home she loves hers. The CO wo't let her have one @ work

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
gkcfm95

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Posted: 26 Dec 2013, 15:45
I definitely need to wake up those core muscles too! I have thought of using an exercise ball also, but was hoping to burn some more calories. I work 8 hrs a day and know I won't be able to walk the whole time. Maybe I can alternate between them, for when my legs get wobbly...Smile

Do they make the balls big enough for desk height?

This is the treadmill I'm looking at. It's not the cheapest, but seems the nicest out of the under $500 range.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gold-s-Gym-Trainer-420-Treadmill/27407264

~kelly
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 26 Dec 2013, 16:42
Yes even one that has a chair frame. Do a search for exercise balls

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
mummydee

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Posted: 26 Dec 2013, 19:33
Interesting, I didn't know these existed. I'm short so just using the ball works for me but with the ball on a small frame i could scoosh myself across the floor to the file cabinets and back! this could be funLaughing .. or very dangerousShock .

http://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=exercise+ball+chair&tag=googcana-20&index=aps&hvadid=8106764866&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18150353561665375701&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_k3s4ggmkt_b
gkcfm95

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Posted: 28 Dec 2013, 09:25
so I picked up a ball at walmart I figured for $9 it was worth a try. it's just a little shorter than what my desk chair is. I'm hoping I can either pump more air in it once the rubber stretches out. or maybe build a frame like this http://www.instructables.com/id/Balance-Ball-Desk-Chair/

still hoping to get a treadmill in the next few weeks

~kelly
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 28 Dec 2013, 09:39
My daughter has found some nice treadmills on craigslist as she is looking for an incline one

If you can't get your ball tall enough for your desk you can order different sizes on line. They cost a little more than the wm standard one. I actually use one of mine @ my sewing machine. Jeri

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 28 Dec 2013, 10:08
gkc... careful. They are sized to hold a specific amount of air. I've seen one blow out because they wanted to make it bigger. Very dangerous. They come in sizes, so find one that will size/height/weight appropriate.

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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 28 Dec 2013, 10:35
I think there is a warning on them re; over inflation.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
gkcfm95

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 06:10
I went for it!! Finally got the treadmill and setup my desk. Since I can't log walking at 1 mph, I put 2 mph for 4 hrs. We'll see how close that matches to the treadmill numbers. I'm only a half hour in, but I can already tell it's going to be a long day!

~kelly
zebdavison

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 12:20
Kelly - the numbers don't work that way. Walking at 2mph and standing still burn the same number of calories (according to FS) - so walking at 1 mph is going to be the same as well. Don't cut those 8 hours in half unless you have reason to disagree with the number provided. Give yourself the credit you deserve!
gkcfm95

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 13:03
zebdavison wrote:
Kelly - the numbers don't work that way. Walking at 2mph and standing still burn the same number of calories (according to FS) - so walking at 1 mph is going to be the same as well. Don't cut those 8 hours in half unless you have reason to disagree with the number provided. Give yourself the credit you deserve!


Thanks Zeb, I just wish the exercise diary had a 1 mph option!

I was going to try to adjust the time to match the calories burned on my treadmill display once I'm finished for the day, but my wonderful son decided to use it while I was fixing lunch and pulled out the safety key and reset everything! I guess I'll have to try again tomorrow...

~kelly
zebdavison

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 14:41
Kelly - Oh, I get it! (Finally! Smile) I usually just log my exercise to the closest thing to what I did, but, you can enter your own unique exercise entry if you'd rather cite it specifically - when you "Add Exercise", just scroll down to "Other..." at the bottom of the list and select it, then enter your specific text as the description (e.g., "Walking - 1 mph" ) and enter the calories burned (from your treadmill or fitbit, or your estimate), and the time you walked. Then, if you want, you can set that as a default value so you don't have to re-enter it every day... but it's pretty easy to enter anyway.
Maeka

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 17:41
Oh I think I'm going to get a exercise ball chair and try that out. I spend 80% of my day sitting in front of my desk at home...so yeah I want to at least do something to help work out while I am sitting.
Tim Huffman

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Posted: 02 Jan 2014, 17:48
I have never used one but was thinking about the same thing yesterday. Where can you buy them?



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