Probably the most common excuse I hear from people for their lack of exercise is the absence of time.
“I just don’t have enough time in the day.”
Of course the first thought that comes into my hard and fitness minded head is, “you need to make time!”
In reality, however, I know that it is easier said than done. Life is busy and complicated. Priorities often push exercise to the bottom of the list where it is probably never reached as much as most of us would like. If only we could exercise at the same time we were doing something else during our day, maybe like work? This may be not as far-fetched an idea as previously thought. A fairly new concept/product I have read about recently called the treadmill desk tries to do just that. Though it is not the perfect answer, and not practical for everyone, it does offer another alternative.
Treadmill desks are exactly that, desks attached to treadmills. You simply adjust the height of the desk to the proper level for you, and start the treadmill. Obviously you would not be able to go too fast and perform desk tasks effectively at the same time, but at low enough speed users have found themselves to be successful at the combined effort. Over several hours, even at low speeds, the miles walked and calories burned add up. According to an article done by Susannah Snyder in the April edition of Kiplinger’s magazine, many treadmill desk users reported to have walked 6 to 7 miles a day! Even if you were to use this desk only part of the time and walk half of that, it would be a significant improvement. Couple the calories burned with the rest of the benefits from exercise that we already know about, and this could be a definite improvement in the quality of your life.
There are several different options available on the market today, and I am sure there will be even more in the future. TrekDesk is a portable workspace/desk that can be placed on top of the arms of many different treadmills and costs about $500. Lifespan also makes a complete treadmill desk called the TR1200–DT5 for $1500. Another version called the Tread Desk easily adjusts, giving you the option to sit, stand, or walk all with the same desk. It is a little more expensive starting out at $1850, but gives you more versatility.
Office space and boss acceptance could become roadblocks to your efforts, but for many this could become a great way to fit fitness back into your life.