Over the past year or so my back has been hurting me now and then. It seems to be at least somewhat related to sitting in one place and working on the computer. And – when I was at Disney World last December and spent almost all my waking hours walking and hardly any sitting – my back didn’t hurt once the whole time there!
I had heard it mentioned somewhere about people working and walking on a treadmill at the same time and started thinking about it more after Disney. I thought about having my husband build something, but it seemed like a lot of work. Instead I got a good mat to stand on and put my laptop on a box and tried standing while working. That was ok, for a while.
Then I got a new laptop and a wireless router so I started working on my couch – because I could! And because in the past it seemed like this couch was better on my back. But now even here it sometimes hurts.
Anyway – over at Healthbolt Liz had a great post about this same topic: Is it a Computer? Is it a Treadmill?. But I never did follow up with it. Then – Brandie at The Home Office Organizer posted about Standing Desks: A Smart, Healthy Option. There’s even a social network at Ning called Office Walkers!
So I figure – I need to work on this again – as I’m sitting here typing on my favorite couch and my back is killing me!
Maybe I could spend part of my day sitting, part standing and part walking!
The treadmill desks all seem to be either too expensive, or they won’t work with the treadmill I have. So the route I will have to go – will be a build-your-own, except it won’t be me doing it, I’ll have to see when my husband might have the time. Various different designs can be used. I want one where my computer would be safer, not just on a desk that lays on top of the treadmill railings. I’m thinking the table type would be best, kind of like this one:
Except I wouldn’t want the monitor up that high like that. I’d just want my laptop on a lower shelf, and our treadmill is long enough so it should work ok.
So what do you think? Do you think you would use something like this?
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