Trek Desk - Can You Really Workout While Writing?

I first came across the Trek Desk, when I was researching the best, most affordable treadmill desk. Like many people who work at home or those who spend hours at their computer, I found that I was putting on weight. Plus, after hours of working at my laptop, I felt like I had no energy and found that I was drinking more coffee than I thought I should.

After hearing about Dr. James Levine's research, I decided that I was going to invest in a treadmill, but the question became: how would I build a proper desk that didn't create more problems than it solved. Before I get into this and all the research I did that finally led me to, let's look at the benefits of walking instead of sitting while you're talking on the phone or working on your computer.

First and most important to me was the weight loss. I wanted to lose about 15 pounds. Second, and probably equally important, were the chronic neck and shoulder pain that I wanted to relieve that was definitely a result of spending 6-8 hours per day, writing and staring at my laptop.

Below are some of the benefits that I learned while doing my research on the Trek Desk:

  • Our bodies were designed to spend more time upright on our feet, rather than hours spent at a desk chair.
  • Walking while you work lubricates the hips, knees and ankles, improving joint health
  • While you walk, you pump more blood back to your heart which elevates your mood and increases energy. By contrast, you get none of these benefits from sitting.
  • If you walk while you work, you will lose weight. You'll burn 100 calories for every mile or hour that you walk. This can mean a weight loss of 40 pounds in a year, but many people have lost more than that. The increased activity means that they can achieve this weight loss without changing what they eat.
  • Other important health benefits include a decreased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
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After reading all this, I didn't need any more convincing, but since the average treadmill desk costs around $4000, I had to find an alternative because I just couldn't justify that expense. I also didn't want to build something myself because I had heard horror stories about people's laptops falling onto the treadmill belt and getting destroyed. When I found the trek desk for under $500, I was excited because it offers plenty of desk space for your laptop or monitor, mouse, phone which is mounted to a well-constructed base that is adjustable to different heights.

Although the installation instructions weren't as intuitive as I would like, I did manage to put it together myself in less than one hour.

Although walking at your desk, does take some getting used to, you walk slow at a rate of 1-2 miles per hour, so it is slow enough that you can write articles, books, code, add pages to your blog, post on social media sites, etc. In other words, walking doesn't adversely affect your concentration. In fact, it actually enhances it.

Best of all, after three weeks of walking while I write, I have already lost ten pounds without dieting. (And let me tell you folks, I have never lost that much on any diet I've tried.) In addition, I don't feel exhausted like I used to while sitting at my computer and my neck and shoulder pain is almost gone. Learn more about the Trek Desk.

Laura Ramirez is the author of two award-winning books, a self publisher and the owner of a number of web sites. Until now, she's spent a lot of time, sitting at her computer, being sedentary, yet productive. Now, she walks while she writes.

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