Working @ 100 Calories Per Hour
You didn't post a lot of information on what you actually do on your walking treadmill. Can I assume that a lot of what you were doing was typing on your treadmill vs. just internet browsing.
If so, there are possible ergonomic things you could try.
With me having a fairly broad back, I have found this split keyboard to be especially valuable when I type on my treadmill desk:
Even if I didn't have broad shoulders I think the separation is good to have when you are trying to type while walking on a treadmill?
What kind of mouse do you use? I use a Logitech ball mouse and prefer that to a regular mouse (but was my preference before using a desk treadmill). You might try different mouses and see if that helps.
This site does have some good information on ergonomics:
I am not sure who the sponsor is of the above site so approach with some caution.
With the benefits you have seen with a walking treadmill I would suggest trying some things before you give it up. Even just walking on the treadmill when you are web surfing can give a lot of health benefits.
Hope this helps.
WorkWhileWalking.com is owned by iMovR. You can tell by how strongly biased the reviews are of those products...
Thank you so much for your response. To answer your question, yes, I type, and I also browse the internet, and sometimes I just read the screen. It helps a little to have my arms by my side like normal walking instead of forward. But it doesn't help enough, especially once the problem is already there. Thanks for that link to the split keyboard. Maybe I'll try it. As for the health benefits, I'm doing this for the work benefits, not the health benefits. Before getting this treadmill, I used to do a one-hour walk every day outdoors. Since getting it, I do my walk while working which means I can work a lot more. The health benefits are the same for me, I think. I called LifeSpan and told them of my lower back problem and they e-mailed me a very interesting article that's actually from the website you gave me the link to. I'm pasting it here in case anyone in the future finds this thread and has the same back problem I have:
If anyone else knows of useful articles or studies on this topic, PLEASE let me know. If you only see this thread far in the future when I'm no longer checking this forum, please e-mail me with any info you have. I'm at AmandaFilipa@gmail.com.
One other question I might have is that are you using a regular keyboard and monitor vs. typing on a laptop? Though the typing on a laptop might be easiest to set up, I am sure it isn't that ergonomic.
I'm just using my laptop's screen, at eye-level, and using an external keyboard and external mouse below it (about a foot below the laptop). So I think the setup is quite good, ergonomically speaking.
I'm really glad to see these articles. I just started deskwalking about three weeks ago, and I love it for all the reasons Jennifer stated. But my lower back started really locking up. I did get the sense that it was because I was developing back and hip tension after walking without swinging my arms for awhile. And I'm sure I've been spending too long without a break because I was getting into a focus mode. It's definitely different from regular walking. Guess I need to try those stretches and breaks pretty regularly.
Thanks for letting me know you have the same problem. I have not been able to use my treadmill for weeks because I'm waiting for my lower back pain, which was caused by this treadmill, to go away. I'm very disappointed in this situation. The Life Span company was kindly willing to giving me an extra 30 days to decide if I want to return it. Maybe they were extra nice because I informed them of an article I'd written for the Wall Street Journal praising their treadmill to high heaven when I first received it (it's at this link, if anyone is interested, though the article starts out being about other things you may not be interested in, and my real name is not Jennifer, obviously: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/07/10/my-strange-addiction-wiki... )
Marla, I'd love to hear if your back pain has gotten better. My right-sided lower back pain has even affected my right leg and foot, which feel a tiny bit tingly, as though slightly numb.
Actually, it *has* improved a bit in the last couple of weeks. I think this is due to several things.
1. I started incorporating back and leg stretches before and during treadmill time. I step off the treadmill every 25-30 minutes, walk around a little (usually when I need to get something from another room or run to the bathroom), and spend about a minute doing some stretches. This is usually as simple as bending forward and just "hanging" for 30 seconds or so to allow my back to stretch out naturally. I also do a few standing waist twists to loosen my waist and hips at the sides.
2. I'm consciously working to strengthen my abdominals, which I know is part of the back pain problem. I make efforts throughout my time on the treadmill to tighten my stomach muscles for 15 seconds or so, and repeating four or five times. I don't spend a lot of time on it, and plan to add some floor exercises also, as my stomach muscles need a lot of work.
3. When I am sitting at my desk or in a chair at home, I do piriformis stretches at least once a day, which sounds like what you need for your issues with your leg and foot (I am not a doctor and I did not sleep at a Holiday Inn last night). I have sciatica, which usually affects my left leg, and when it gets back, the piriformis stretches help me a lot. Here is a good video example if you have never done them:
I also noticed last week that if I occasionally increase my speed up to about 2mph (I tend to work at around 1.3 to 1.5 but I can still read at 2.0 or more), I have less back pain. For me, the pain seems to be related to tensing my lower back and hips in an effort to keep my upper body and hand positions stable for computer work.
Really, I'm not noticing pain nearly as much now, and I'm averaging a couple of hours a day on the treadmill. I do this at home, but I even bought a surf desk to try on our treadmills at the office to see if I can just take a midday walk-and-work break there.
I'm liking this a lot. And I just bought a smaller slacks size yesterday, so it must be doing something.
I hope yours gets better! Keep us posted.