Okay, so it’s really just a treadmill at the moment, but one day soon it will be a fully functional treadmill desk.
In fact, I am composing this post while walking at the colossal speed of 0.7 mph and at a 0.5 incline. My poor laptop is precariously balanced on some scrap wood I found among the renovation rubble in the basement (okay, seven long pieces of scrap particle board, but let’s not be picky).
You might be wondering what led me to this crazy act. Well, I have been lusting after a treadmill desk ever since I heard Arthur Slade talk about them during his keynote at the 2010 Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Not only was he entertaining in general, but his rationale for creating a treadmill desk of his own spoke to my soul. I walked out of the banquet positive I had to have a treadmill desk.
Alas, I had to wait until I had a home with a basement so I wouldn’t drive my husband and children batty with the sound.
BUT NOW I HAVE ONE.
My dear husband promised to make me a ledge so I could rest a wireless keyboard on it, and we’re going to mount a monitor to the wall, but I had a peanut buster parfait after dinner today, and I really wanted to walk some of the excess off. So, here I am. Walking. And typing. Simultaneously.
If you must know, I have burned 16 calories since I began composing this post. Only 684 more to go to cancel out the parfait!
Ooo, 18 calories!
I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep this up for tonight, but I’m going to give it my best. For one, I left the laptop cord in the rec room, so I am limited by battery power. Two, I didn’t think to bring socks with me as I hadn’t planned on creating an impromptu treadmill desk, and the soles of my feet are telling me that while the treadmill is cushioned, the actual tread is NOT SOFT. Three, it is after 10 p.m., and I have a date with my hot tub…
(I just upgraded the incline to 1.0 – I like it for walking, so I suspect this will be my ‘usual’ setting.)
Well, here you have it: Twelve minutes and forty-five seconds of blogging/treadmilling and I’ve burned 24 calories. I don’t feel dizzy, I haven’t fallen off, and so far walking and typing is not as complex as it initially sounds.
I’ll come back in a week or so to let you know how it’s going (or, how far I’ve walked).