Friday, August 5, 2011

Working out while at work?

Walk, walk, walk. I walk to work, with clients, with my husband, with my 15 year old dog. It helps clear my head, sort my thoughts, boost my creativity. Plus there's all those health benefits from exercise I keep hearing about.

Call me a traditionalist, but I have some issues with the treadmill workstations. I used to have a 9-to-5 job, but I switch careers because I felt trapped like a rat, sitting in a cube all day. Who knows, maybe I would have felt upgraded to a gerbil on the rodent caste system if my cube included a treadmill workstation.

But we aren't rodents. We're people. People who sit too much. So I will give you that the treadmill workstations are good for combating that. But isn't there a better way? Beyond the  strategic hassles of multitasking on a treadmill, well documented by Catherine Pearson with, I just plain like the idea saving $2000-6000 spent on said workstation and buying a good pair of sneakers--or 75 for that price-- and just taking it outside. You could have walking meetings with co-workers. You could just say bugger off and get away from work all together for a walk alone, outside, and come back recharged, mentally and physically.

I know plenty of friends who stand at their desks, move around and shift from foot to foot all day, or sit on fitness balls as their desk chairs. I know of people who actually walk to co-workers' desks instead of sending an email (which ultimately saves time wasted on ping pong emails).

I remind clients to take those lawfully allowed 15-minutes every 4 hours and break away from the desk. I guess that's why I worry, that with people fearing for their jobs these days, they'd rather opt for something like this, instead of protecting their boundaries and making sure they get the daily dose of outdoors-among-the-living-green-things. All work and no play not only makes you dull, but unproductive, depressed and kind of worthless at work.

I know, I know. I rant a lot about what I consider silly gadgets. (Can you call a $2000+ machine a gadget?)  It's just my opinion, and my blog. ;-) But what do you think? Are these a good thing, bad, or somewhere in between? Like I said, I happily broke out of the cube years ago, which you can too, but that's another post for another day. . .


Lisa M. said...

I agree that the $2,000+ workstations are fairly ridiculous, but when I have to spend time at a desk (which is frequently), I'd much rather do it while walking. I bought a $50 height-adjustable overbed table from (shipping included!) and took the wheels off, so now the bottom of the table frame fits beneath the treadmill deck. Voila, treadmill desk with plenty of $$ left over for running shoes, and I can slide the overbed table away to work standing or sitting, or just give myself room to crank it on the treadmill.

Great blog post BTW!

Kristin Jackson, CPT, LWMC said...

That's a great solution, plus you have something that can be used in multiple ways. thanks!

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