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Inspired by fellow Canadian YA author Arthur Slade and others, I've taken up walking on a treadmill as I write, watch videos, and browse the web.

It took a while to get a setup that would work for me, as our treadmill is an old fold-up clunker with slanting arms, so my husband had to figure out how to create a platform that was strong enough to hold the laptop but also could be folded up along with the treadmill when not in use.

Fortunately, my husband is a genius. Here's the laptop platform in its tucked-away position:

Treadmill Desk - Folded Down

And here it is all set up and ready to go, with the laptop in place:

Treadmill Desk - Ready to Go

Now, watch a short clip of me walking and typing (and even dancing a little) at the same time!



After three days of using the treadmill desk off and on, I could easily see myself getting into the habit of working on the treadmill at least half the time. It's not hard to do 30-45 minutes of writing or browsing before taking a break for another 30-60 minutes and then going back again, and it's a nice healthy change from sitting for 6-8 hours a day.

The drawback of this particular treadmill (though I really can't complain, as it was given to us free) is that it's REALLY LOUD, and also quite bulky. If I really get on a roll (ha) with the treadmill desking, then I think I would invest in a lighter and quieter model like the one Arthur shows in his video. But if I put on my headphones I barely notice the background noise, so I can see myself using this particular setup for a few weeks or months at least.

And hey, maybe I'll even lose a few pounds in the process! Or at least stop being so ridiculously out of shape...

Date: 2011-03-23 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labsquint.livejournal.com
I'm so impressed! And yes, your husband is a genius. Hmmmm... *thinks about investing in a treadmill* *now all she needs is an advance*

Date: 2011-03-23 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
There are like a million barely-used treadmills on Kijiji for cheap, FTR...

Date: 2011-03-23 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labsquint.livejournal.com
Really? Good tip. I should really look into it then. Jordan and I will start cycling soon... but not yet (I'm assuming you got smacked like we did today). Could really use something in the mean time...

Date: 2011-03-23 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Yeah, we got whacked with snow big-time. School was cancelled for the boys, so it's been a family sort of day. :)

Date: 2011-03-23 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labsquint.livejournal.com
No buses here but I dropped the girls off and had a nightmare drive to Mac because it didn't close either. Then had to pick them up again at the end of the day. SO glad to be home.

Date: 2011-03-23 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thepix.livejournal.com
Hey, Sheldon is mine, Missy!

That desk is insane...I'd fall on my face trying to type and walk, though...lol

Date: 2011-03-23 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jayang.livejournal.com
This takes more coordination thanI possess, but it looks kind of amazing!

Date: 2011-03-23 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gamiila.livejournal.com
Such a nifty idea!

Date: 2011-03-23 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bostonerin.livejournal.com
I really want to do this. Now I just need a treadmill and opportunity to write while at home, without a small child hanging on my legs...hmmm....

Date: 2011-03-23 11:31 pm (UTC)
ext_1358: (have i ever been wrong?)
From: [identity profile] grav-ity.livejournal.com
I say again: I would absolutely kill myself if I ever attempted this. But it looks fun! ;)

Date: 2011-03-24 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookaddict88.livejournal.com
That's so cool!

But walking, listening to music, typing, and thinking (since I assume you're not just typing gibberish) all at the same time? I SO could not manage it!

Date: 2011-03-24 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinpra.livejournal.com
Your husband is awesome! I've recently been writing full-time-ish and have been feeling my lack of motion keenly. Getting up to go to the kitchen and get water/snack/stare-out-the-window doesn't really count, nor the stretching I do in the morning. I hope this really works out well for you!

Date: 2011-03-24 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deva-fagan.livejournal.com
So neat! I just asked my mom about an unused treadmill they have, and if it fits in her car/our house I think I am going to try this out!

Date: 2011-03-24 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] troubleinchina.livejournal.com
I used to do a lot of my reading for class on a stationery (ary? standing still) bike, but I don't think I could actually walk and read at the same time!

Date: 2011-03-24 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bnharrison.livejournal.com
Ok--I am now massively envious. Not that I haven't always envied your access to H.'s made building skills, but now, even more so.

Date: 2011-03-25 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lydaclunas.livejournal.com
Oh my goodness I want to do this, like, stat. I even have the handy husband! Now, if only someone would donate me a treadmill...

Date: 2011-03-25 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-schrapnell.livejournal.com
That's wonderful! Clever husband, and also clever you - I can't imagine being able to type *and* think *and* walk on treadmill at the same time. The video made me happy.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mary-j-59.livejournal.com
Just wanted to let you know, RJ, that I linked to this one on my blog. Fascinating - but scary! My initial impression is that I'd fall right off the thing. ;)

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