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Please share your tips for office walking here,
Here are two:
Alternate shoes (feet get very warm by walking all day)
Vacuum around the tread weekly and under engine cover monthly
Have a little fan blowing on you
Great tips! Here are a few tips I have found useful:
1. Coordination may not be immediate so start slow. Don't try to walk and work the entire day when just starting out. You may also experience a few aches and pains the first couple of weeks due to the extra workload on your body. This is normal and should eventually go away.
2. Stay hydrated.
3. Get off or stop to stretch your legs and back hourly. Also, change speeds, incline, or body position (e.g. rest arms at side) from time to time while your walking.
4. Consider experimenting with keyboards and mouse units until you find one that works for you.
Thank you Ellen!
here is another tip: Take the key or magnet with you when you are out of your office to prevent others from using the tread while you are not there (could be a liability if someone got hurt)
Track your use to keep you motivated, http://www.dailymile.com/ or http://www.mapmywalk.com/
Some people try to push the envelop and see how fast they can go. Here is one example where Tricia is going for 3 MPH: How to build a treadmill desk
I, OTOH have been using stand up desk since last July and can divulge the benefits of standing up. I know that I don't need the treadmill to go fast at all. I find the Confidence at 1 MPH to be too fast for my liking. Last week, I bought an Exerpeutic Walking Treadmill which a speed range starting at .4. I'm looking forward to setting it up in the next few weeks or months to try out the .4 MPH which I think I will like it better than the 1 MPH I'm getting now. My analogy would be if you go to a rotating restaurant on top of a landmark like the Space Needle in Seattle or some other places, what would happen if it rotates too fast. Sure, you can get to see the whole thing faster. But what if you're going to stay up there a long time? I for one want it to rotate very slowly. Likewise, I want the treadmill to move slower for a long and consistent use. I doubt if the people who use it at 3 MPH will be there 10 years from now. That's my theory anyway.
My stand up desk with a bar stool
Lubricate the treadmill every 2 months if you use it daily, very easy to loosen the belt with 2 hex screws and apply the silicone lube under the belt. Then run the tread at full speed for a while after tightening the belt to make sure that it is aligned and not sliding to one side.
Not sure if that is a good idea (loosen the 2 hex screws) I had a hell of a time with aligning a manual treadmill when I played with the adjusting screws (one on each side). I finally had to give it up and wrote it off as the belt never stay centered. The manual treadmill will be sent to Goodwill. I purchased the lube kit that is shown on this video and I think it's a safer route. As long as I don't play with any adjustment screw, I'm OK. This is a good video on treadmill maintenance. It also explained why you need to keep the area clean.
Thanks Thomas for the link. I guess I was lucky then, I aligned the belt and it works perfectly ever since.
The video is useful and I guess that I will use that wand next time.
Someone mentioned experimenting with keyboard and mouse units... here's what I've found works best for me. A wireless keyboard, wireless trackpad and some books to put my Mac laptop at eye level.
I see "Born to run" :-) I have books as well under my screen. My books are Physicians Desk Reference since they are thick and outdated.
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