A month ago I shelled out some big bucks and bought myself a proper desk: a LifeSpan TR-1200 DT5 Walking Desk.

I work from home and one day — maybe a year or so ago — while bumbling around the house, I had a sudden realization. It was Thursday.  The last time I had stepped outside was on Sunday. I was terrifyingly close to becoming the crazy, disheveled hermit next door that emerged once a year to mumble obscenities at the children as they ran off in terror.

Worse, I was totally sedentary.

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LifeSpan walking desk

Part of it was my job. I had to sit in front of a computer 40+ hours a week. Part of it was my back. I’d jacked it up a number of times at this point, and so I basically didn’t even want to move. So I didn’t. And then I’d feel worse. So I moved less.

I tried walking. I tried going to the gym. I tried working out at home. But even if did make time for that, it meant I was moving, what, an hour out of the day, sitting on my ass the rest.

So I bought the desk, and started my challenge: walk 30 miles a week, 1500 by the end of the year.

How Does a Walking Desk Work?

A few weeks in, I’d say I love it!

But everyone I speak to about it seems to be under the impression I’m sprinting on this thing all day. “How can you type” is always the first question. They think treadmill; they think running. I guess that makes sense.

Typing is actually super easy. Your hands rest on a pad and don’t really move. The keys are right there. Plus, you can walk as slow as you want. I’m walking at 1.8 mph as I type this. That seems to be a good, easy pace for me, especially if I’m going to be on it for awhile. Between work this morning and typing this post, I’m already over four hours on the day. The first week I walked at 1.5 mph, but even now, during things like meetings, I’ll drop it down to as low as 1.0 mph so I’m not huffing and puffing throughout.

The mouse can be slightly trickier, but not much. In fact, the desk itself is quite roomy.

Desk Space on DT5 Desk

I’m also much more alert while walking.

I try to split my day between sitting and the walking desk, and while some aspects are a bit harder while walking, overall, I think I’m quite a bit more productive on the treadmill. The blood is flowing. There’s less distractions. I stay on task.

It’s hard to crash after lunch if you’re moseying along and putting in a few miles.

LifeSpan Walking Desk

After an hour in the chair I’m ready for some YouTube videos and a nap.

The only issue I had at first was trying to use my laptop since it has a small screen.  I’d recommend getting a big monitor and then zooming in to make the text nice and easy to read as you walk.

So far, it definitely appears to be worth the investment.