In 1998 I became independent. As I work usually at my clients side, I have invested a lot in computers, yet almost nothing in my local office. I bought a desk from IKEA and used some second hand desk I got from friends & family.
About the time we first started talking about changing our house, I read about a standing desk. For someone who was a former DJ and now sitting most of the time, that appealed to me. As a DJ I had a standing desk 😉
I was not sure about standing, I’m not as young as I was when I was DJ-ing all night.
Then I came across the idea of a walking desk.
The idea, is that you walk about 1.6 miles (2.4 km) an hour, while working. The theory behind, is that our body is more made to walk then to sit still. The minute I saw this, I was immediately sold. That is what I wanted in my home office.
When we started to discuss the plans of new house, I mentioned that to my architect. At that moment I was convinced that I should first have my new office and only then invest in a walking desk. Fast forward to the moment I saw the blog post from Peter. Peter is the ceo of Leanpub, the company behind the tools we used to produce our book: who is agile.
When I saw the video, it struck me. I was doing BDUF. I was designing an office for a walking desk, without knowing how it worked. I told Els (my wife) the same day, I’m going to buy the walking desk now. With that experience I will know how I should arrange my new office.
At the start of the x-mas holiday I went looking for a treadmill in Belgium that I could use in my office. In the US, there is treaddesk. Unfortunately no information to buy it in Belgium.
I finally ended up on a website with lots of treadmill and prices. (Tip for websites of shops: If you don’t show your prices online I don’t consider you a serious choice.)
As I had never run on a treadmill (yes, I am ashamed to say, that in all my staying in hotels, I never made use of these facilities.) I did want to go to shop to try out the different types.
I explained what I wanted to do, the shop owners had never heard of a walking desk. Yet they were very helpful. They explained what parts I had to de-assemble (or better not assemble when setting up the treadmill.)
I selected the T830 treadmill from DKN technology
Peter his second video, convinced me I also wanted an adjustable desk. I wanted such a desk, so that I can both walk and sit at the same desk, without having to touch my setup.
I only found one company (Steelcase) that delivers such a desk in Belgium.
After almost 2 months of working on my initial setup (2 normal tables on top of each other) my adjustable desk arrived. Already now, I know that this is how I want to work.
What about typing and mouse movements?
A lot of people ask me if I can really type or work with a mouse that way.
Check out our 2013 new years video. I finished the last 2 minutes while walking. And that was in the first week of having my treadmill.
This text has been typed while walking. If you might see spelling mistakes, this has more to do with my knowledge of English then the walking desk.
Actually, the last month I sometimes felt I had a problem standing. And then I realize I had been standing for 10 minutes and I had forgotten to turn on the treadmill.
Remember these “I will be 5 minutes at my computer and then you look up 3 hours later” moments? I typically don’t turn on my treadmill for that. Now after 10 minutes I realize it’s taking longer. And then I make a conscious decision: stay on my desk and turn on my treadmill or actually stop working.
I can focus on work much longer as before. (25 min VS 3 hours)
Want to know more?
Here is a video I shot from my computer, while walking
Here are some pictures of the walking desk in multiple setup’s.
Do you really move more?
I have a Fitbit One stepcounter since the 24 December.
Since then I stepped 800.858 steps.
That is 588 KM in 55 Days. (Remember most of day I am working at client side)
Yes not all these steps our on my treadmill desk. I still walk while waiting for my train.
Yet I know that before I had a walking desk. I NEVER arrived at 10.000 steps a day. Now I am almost never below 10.000.
Side effect: I never was a runner. I never had either: the energy, the courage and the times I tried it, I never had the physical condition. Since I have my walking desk, my condition has improved so much that it’s actually possible for me to go for a run.
Why do you do it?
It’s NOT my intention to loose weight.
As a child I was always very very very thin (I weighted 27 KG – yes 27- when I was 11)
As a adult I’m weighting +80 KG.
In both occasion, people were telling me I should watch my weight. They told me I had an unhealthy weight. In both occasion they had reasons. I have stopped listening to these people. I don’t care about my weight.
(When I burned down my parents house, I have learned that what people think of me, does not matter.)
So why do I walk while working?
I walk at my desk, because I’m convinced that my human body is not made to sit, at least not for + 8 hours a day.
Articles like this one confirm my bias.
What do I have on my desk:
- Treadmill DKN T830
- Steelcase Active Lift 2
Toshiba Tablet M700, MacBookPro Retina 13replaced by MacBookPro 2019
- Samsung 24 inch screen
- Logitech Wireless Solar keyboard K750
- Vertical mouse
SpeakersI never used these Philips SBC HC 8395 Wireless headphonesBose Quitecomfort 35 Noicecanceling headphone(To work while my family is asleep) Kodak EasyShare EX1011
- Ipad Mini
- a 8 outlet SurgeArrest
- Blue Yeti Microphone
- Elegato keylight
- Streamdeck (15 buttons)
- Atem Mini Extreme Pro
- Rodecaster Pro II
Thinks to improve
- a real Laptop stand
- Docking station
- a monitor arm to easier position my screen.
a huge powered USB Hub
- Move the lift buttons to the middle of the table. Now I can’t reach them from the other side (Done)
- More light around my screens, to give me eyes more rest
a small network hub for extra pc
- I know that DKN has an tablet app. It would be nice to find one that supports the T830. Now the treadmill display is below my desk. Not a big problem, yet a little annoying.
a better piece of wood to put on my treadmill and below my chair.(I never use my chair)
In 2019 I replaced the treadmill with a AirRun-Z
In the new home-office the treadmill is in the ground
Since the covid-19 lockdown, already + 10 people joined me. What about you?
Reuters came filming during the lockdown.
Articles that mention walking desk
- Wikipedia article on treadmill desks
- Jasons DIY Walking desk
- A study on if walking has an influence on the results. Walking while you work
- Walking while I work has been a big step forward
- My Day on a treadmill workstation in a video from Jill Barker
- Windsor Star copy of Jill Barker
- Treadmill desks: How practical are they? (BBC News magazine)
- A community of office walkers at ning
- Why every office should switch to walking desks
- Could a TrekDesk Treadmill Desk Prevent Health Risks to an Employee’s Future Offspring
- Walking while you work (Forbes)
- Benefits of a walking desk (publicity post from Nextdesk)
- Walking at work: Lawmakers consider installing treadmill desks
- Walking while working video (Time Video)
- Office Alert: treadmills desks gain new traction
- 10 ways to work out at work
- Bill touts new kind of on-the-job training
- Local company installs new desks to keep employees active at work
- Walking workstations’ clear first hurdle in Oregon House
- Stand up!
- Gamer video talking about his walking desk
- Could Desk Breaks Provide an Office Health Breakthrough?
- Safety 101 for Treadmill Desk Users
- Workwhilewalking releases product reviews of the treaddesk base for treadmill desks
- Work and walk with a treadmill desk
- Get off your duff
- It’s hard to develop “screen Apnea” on a treadmill desk
- How to build a walking desk in 20 minutes in 20 dollar (actually you still need the treadmill)
- Sit, stand, the walk evolution of desk jockey
- The walking alive
- Treadmill desks what they are really like
- Want to quit smoking, start a new routine
- Educator takes lessons on a walk
- Team Pick: Treadmill Desks
- Walk while you work, work while you walk
- Five Top Tips for making your walking desk more green
- Sitting is the smoking of our generation
- Treadmill at the desk, lets Steve stand and deliver
- Walkingdesk for sales at wallmart
- Walking in the Workplace: Check out this Treadmill Desk
- Walking 10000 steps a day can make you fit
- Can you walk off diabetes with a treadmill desk
- Treadmill Desks Have Employees Staying Active While They Work
- LifeSpan Fitness Treadmill Desk Review
- Workplace Wellness Programs Take Off
- More employees stand up for their workplace health
- Is It Better to Walk, Run or Treadmill Desk?
- The dangers of a desk
- 10 reasons you should be walking right now
- Taking a stand at the office, Oklahoma workers get busy at nontraditional desks
- What famous celebrities are known to use a treadmill desk
- A treadmill desk is not an exercise desk
- Walking With a TrekDesk Treadmill Desk Could Lead to Better Health in Older Men
- eBook ‘The Complete Guide to Treadmill Desking’
- The growing walk work trend
- Top 5 injuries with a treadmill desk (I actually disagree with these)
- Treadmill desk don’t affect work quality
- Back pain? Numb legs? These ergonomic tips can help
- Treadmill desks trending
- Sit in an office all day? Your health may be at risk
- More employees trading chairs for fit-friendly desks
- Physicians on Treadmills Diagnose with Accuracy Says Mayo Doc
- Walking for work
- Walking on a treadmill while working
- Install the treadmill in the ground
Examples of people on treadmills
- How I Put Together My Treadmill Desk from Shawn Collins
- The treadmill desk and my new balance from Jamie vanEaton
- My Day on a Treadmill Desk (James Hamblin)
- Author on treadmill wins Silver Birch Award
- Standing desk to Treadmill desk – an experiment for the new year
- Building a sitting standing desk
- Dust Off That Treadmill in the Basement and Burn Off Those Pounds While at Work
- Mizzou Professors Like To Walk On Treadmills All Day Long At Their Desks (VIDEO)
- Michael Perry: walking to work
- Walking AT work: my new treadmill desk
- Dairy queen gives it’s workers treadmill desks
- Nikki Raedeke from MU
- Romance author Nancy Herkness blogs about her maiden trip while writing on a walking desk
- Ilona Andrews: treadmill desk
- Walking to work (Brett Terpstra)
- Walking desk update July 15 (Brett Terpstra)
- Josh Golden of Table XI’s says: Stop thinking, just buy it
- Scott Hanselman: Sit Stand, walk
- Victoria Beckham
Other related topics
- Increase employee satisfaction, small business productivity with walking meetings
- Guru Kate: Staying active at a desk job
- a standup desk that learns your habits
Where to buy a treadmill
- I bought my treadmill in Belgium at Fietskopen.be (Winkel is closed now)
- A cheap one for walking desk : workspace go light
- Walking desk treadmill: Walker DTM 100i
- Compact Space treadmill at BOL.com
- LifeSpan Workspace TR5000 DT3-BT at BOL.com
- LifeSpan Workspace TR1200 DT3-BT at BOL.com
- Citysports treadmill 440w at amazon.com
- 69 days > 1.029.401 steps 755 KM. +/- 14.919 steps a day
- 104 days > 1.563.040 steps 1.148 KM. +/- 15.029 steps a day
- 188 days > 2.841.964 steps 2.092 KM. +/- 15.117 steps a day
- 202 days > 3.118.535 steps 2.294 KM. +/- 15.438 steps a day
- 279 days > 4.125.382 steps 3.048 KM. +/- 14.786 steps a day
- 342 days > 5.059.533 steps 3.730 KM. +/- 14.794 steps a day
- 363 days > 5.433.411 steps 4.004 KM +/- 14.968 steps a day
- 497 days > 7.250.225 steps 5.332 KM +/- 14.588 steps a day
- 903 days > 12.352.475 steps 8.996 KM +/- 13.679 steps a day 15.267 floors
- 1.106 days > 15.398.485 steps 11.221 KM +/- 13.923 steps a day 18.820 floors
- 1.848 days > 26.794.661 steps 19.353 KM +/- 14.499 steps a day 27.526 floors
- 2.728 days > 37.747.755 steps 27.577 KM +/- 13.837 steps a day
- 2.909 days > 41.359.436 steps 30.202,99 KM +/- 14.218 steps a day (2020/11/18)
- 3.169 days > 46.852.081 steps 34.140,24 KM +/- 14.785 steps a day (2021/08/05)
- 3.790 days > 58,796,566 steps 42,648.69 km +/- 15.513 steps a day(2023/04/18)
During the first 74 days of Covid-19 lockdown I did 2 million steps. Which is about 27.000 steps a day.
No wonder I’m much fitter. Yet because I was working from home, I also had more unhealthy eating habits so I actually gained weight.
If you have a fitbit yourself, you can connect with me, and we can encouraging, stimulate, push eachother to keep stepping.
18 comments on “I’m working from a walking desk (Treadmill desk)”
Congratulations on your journey to reawakening your Human Animal – who deserves to become AGILE FOR REAL again.
Next, try squatting after walking (instead of sitting back in chair):
The Squat Song:
Lower Back 101:
Paul Merino, The Time Hunter @SEUILS
I’ll start with walking.
One STEP (pun intended) at a time.
As I tweeted, walking, running, is a “call from our old horde from the savana”.
Look what Alexis Monville showed me few weeks ago :
Here my thinking about the horde (in french) :
Ziet er goed uit!!!
Yves, thank you for coming to my blog (WhatIFoundOut.com) about my DYI Walking Desk and helping me find yours. I have really enjoyed reading about your experience too! I also found the yoga YouTube video about stretching your lower back in the comments on this post. Just what I needed! I’m going to watch it and try it out. When you start looking for your monitor arms let me know. I’d be glad to share What I Found Out about them and my use of them.
yes please share your info on the monitor arms. Although it might be too early for me, I’m sure some of my readers might want it.
Huge thanks for inspiring post 🙂
Working place redesign in progress
I have thought of this in a slightly different way. A cycling desk. Putting parts of a hometrainer underneath the desk. (could even power the desklight or pc fans). I haven’t tried it out yet, so dont know if it’s comfortable to work on.
I’m always moving at my desk even when I sit in my chair. Could better put it to use with walking or cycling.
I need to have the walking desk that sets my speed.
Generating the power would not work for me.
A bike would probably not work for me. Walking gives me a lot of freedom.
vraagje voor de ervaringsdeskundige bij uitstek: voldoet een elementaire loopband van DKN (in combinatie met een zit/sta-tafel van een ergobedrijfje)?
ik kan enkel spreken over wat ik heb.
ik ben geen andere setup gewoon.
Van mijn setup ben ik zeer tevreden.
Ik vind het wel belangrijk dat ik de snelheid kan aanpassen.
In Amerika heb je walking desks met min of meer fixed speed, dat zou niet werken voor mij. Gisteren heb ik 1 uur vergaderd als stappend. (via skype) en ik heb de band p 4 km per uur gezet.
(ik had nog bijna niets gestapt gisteren.)
dat was goed te doen.
Uiteraard toen ik nadien wat ging schrijven, heb ik het terug op 2,6 km gezet.
Ivm de bureau, voor mij is het noodzakelijk dat de hoogte kan versteld worden door een druk op de knop.
heel regelmatig pas ik de hoogte aan als ik bvb wel of geen schoenen aan heb. Dat gaat over een centimeter of zo, maar het gebruiks gemak is zalig. Sommige ergonomische bureaus zijn mechanisch verstelbaar. En darvan zijn er veel met vaste tussen hoogtes. dat zou niet werken voor mij.
+ hoe verstel je die dan, moet ik onder mijn bureau kruipen (aka boven mijn loopband?) nee dank je.
Het was een serieuze investering, en ik ben blij dat ik ze gedaan heb.