Is there enough room to work?
Here is what the desk looks like. I got the gray color, but it does come in 4 colors. The desk comes in 38″ and 48″ sizes. I went with the 38″ desk because my office is kind of small, and I figured with just a laptop, that would be plenty of room.
The whole treadmill desk measures about 69″x38″. Remember I said my office was kind of small, so I knew this would look a bit big in the room. I figured it’d be worth it to get me off my butt! 🙂 I think it took my husband about 45min or so to put this whole thing together.
How fast do you walk?
I read most people typically walk at 1.5mph. I’m a fast walker as it is, just ask my past students; they were always way behind me in line LOL! I was walking at 2mp to get used to working and walking. I didn’t have any trouble focusing or learning how to work and walk. After a week of walking at 2mph, I decided to try 2.5mph. This is a great pace for me: not too fast, not too slow. It does go up to 4mph, so you can find what pace fits you. The 4mph is more of a speed walk, so I wouldn’t recommend it for working. However, 4mph was too slow to run. These treadmills are not meant for running. I will also say that it seems fairly quiet. I can have my TV on in the background and hear it just fine without having to turn the volume way up.
Is it hard to work and walk?
For me, not at all! I don’t have a problem creating resources, answering e-mails, writing blog posts, etc. I can honestly say that I feel more focused working. Yes, I take breaks to go run errands, sit and watch TV, eat, etc. because of course those are the benefits of working from home and having a flexible schedule. However, I used to sit on the couch and work (even though I did have an office) and I found I would get distracted easily. It could be the fact that I’m getting more oxygen to my brain to help me focus, my determination to lose weight, or just the fact that I truly enjoy walking and working. I NEVER wanted to work out, so this is perfect for me. I get so focused on TPT sometimes, that I forget I’m even walking.
I have recommended this treadmill desk to my sister who also works from home, to other full time TPTers, and to other teachers that would like to just move a bit more without having to lose their time to work. You can easily grade papers, lesson plan, blog, etc. while walking.
You can search the LifeSpan website here, or find it on Amazon to see what options are best for you. If you already have a standing desk, you may just want to buy the treadmill to go under it. They also have bike desks as well.
Let me know if you have any more questions that I can answer! This was a big purchase, and I was nervous about it, but it has turned out to be worth every penny!