by Dan Scalco
“Why would someone ever walk and work at the same time?” That’s the question I asked myself a year ago when I was first introduced to treadmill desks. They seemed like a gimmick.
Fast forward to today and almost all of my most productive and creative days involve working while on a treadmill desk. I’ve been using a treadmill desk to write emails, plan projects, and even take calls.
1. It gives me a boost.
I’ve always dealt with brain fog, focus, and productivity issues. Some days my brain feels like working, others it doesn’t. This is one of the main reasons I started BrainWiz.org, a blog that explores how to focus. In my research for this blog, I found that one of the best ways to give yourself a boost during the day is to exercise. While intermittent pushups gave me a little extra energy, it was only when I started walking on a treadmill desk that my energy, focus, and productivity levels skyrocketed.
2. It makes me more creative.
When it comes to writing and marketing, creativity is key. I can easily to get into a rut or be overcome with “writers block” and not see a way out. When I feel that I am creatively drained, I always hop on my treadmill desk. The simple act of walking to clear my head seems to get the creative juices flowing again. What’s more is that some of the world's most creative people (such as Steve Jobs) used walking as a tool to increase his creativity too.
3. It relieved my back pain.
Sitting for upwards of twelve hours per day can do a number on your back. I learned this the hard way. A few years ago I started to feel a constant lower back pain from sitting and not getting proper exercise during the day. It was only after putting in time on my treadmill desk that the pain started to fade away. Today, I have zero back issues and I credit it to my treadmill desk.