Greetings to everyone who has popped by to explore the active work day, or walking and working as most treadmill desk users refer to it. As I write this brief update it is 10:00am and I am 3 miles into my work day.
My blogging friend Aspiring Blogger wrote a post titled, “Your Job Is Trying To Kill You!” In that post AB said, “You may find this hard to believe, but after a day full of sitting, all I want to do when I get home from work is sit…and on the weekends sit some more. So in that way – my work is literally killing me – and quicker than I previously thought!” More and more research is coming out about the dangers of sitting all day at work and then coming home to sit some more.
I am super blessed to have an employer that smirks at my DIY treadmill desk. Co-workers and visitors in the office often get a kick out of seeing me walking and working. At the end of the day I can go home and feel energized enough to keep up with our two young children and help with household chores. I think it also helps that I don’t view my job as work. (You should check out this great post by Jon Acuff about work vs. effort – “I Don’t Work“)
I also received this email from WebMD about the benefits of walking to work instead of commuting. While that isn’t an option for me, I would imagine walking while at work would have just as many if not more benefits. I definitely come home with lower stress levels on a tough day. I have also found that I consume MUCH more water while I am walking and working. My desk days used to be fueled by Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper. The sedentary work day was killing me.
One disclaimer for the walk and work lifestyle. I have a large office and have my DIY treadmill desk on one end and my traditional work station on the other end. I have included a photo so you can see just how messy my office is. (Believe it or not this is pretty clean for my office.) I couldn’t imagine walking and working all day every day on the days when I am stuck to the computer. I sometimes use a stool to sit at my treadmill desk when I need to take a break.