I have been using my LifeSpan treadmill desk for almost 2 months now. I’ve been very pleased with it. I am currently spending an average of two hours per day walking on the treadmill while using my computer. If you think about that, the difference in activity level is substantial. I would otherwise be sitting down for those two hours. I might be reading my e-mail or answering it, I might be browsing the web, or I might be reading an e-book.
Those of you who read my original diary https://codecontracts.info/2012/01/16/diary-of-a-treadmill-desk-user/ will recall that I initially experienced some discomfort in my knees. That discomfort is a distant memory. I no longer have pain in my knees. However, I do get stiff after a while. I still think it is important to take a break from the computer periodically. My problem now is not that I’m sedentary. The problem is that walking on the treadmill is a somewhat unnatural motion. It is good to get off of it from time to time, stretch, and walk around in a normal way. Taking a break is also good for my arms, my back, and my eyes.
If you use the treadmill often during the day as I have recently, you may find yourself hopping on and off it several times – to get a drink of water, to grab a pen, or pick up your phone. During the brief interruptions, I just leave the belt running. I hop off of it while it is in motion, and I hop back onto it while it is in motion. If you hang out with the device long enough you get very comfortable with this. But hopping on and off of a moving treadmill at different angles is a little bit like walking on a ship in the ocean. For the first several weeks of this behavior, I felt as if I was getting seasick. I never experienced this if I just use it normally. It only happens if I play around like a kid and jump on and off and turnaround and move sideways etc. So just be warned, that after using it for a while you will get very comfortable with it and you may play around. I’m extremely sensitive to motion sickness and the fact that I can tolerate this playing around means that most of you probably won’t even notice what I’m talking about. If you are sensitive to motion as I am, simply get on and off it in a carefully controlled way and you should be fine.
When I started this experiment I had no idea what the outcome would be. But at this point, it feels very strange when I travel to a new city and I sit down for several hours to read a book. I feel as if I should be moving during that time. I miss the activity. Fortunately, when I go home to visit my mother, she happens to have a treadmill in the guest bedroom. Guess who walks on the treadmill while he reads his book? (grin)
If you have any specific questions about the experience, feel free to post them.