As I am sharing these words with you I’m walking (albeit slowly) on the treadmill. I am able to do this with the support of my awesome new workspace that I created literally above my treadmill. The Trek Desk straddles the treadmill and allows me to set not just my laptop and keyboard, but a stackable filing system, cup holders for my water bottle and plenty of room for my tea cup, palm printer calculator, notepad, manuscript holder for my notes or IPad, and my phone with wireless headset. The funny part is the desk isn’t nearly crowded. How stoked am I?
As much as I love to write, the downside has always been sitting for much of the day in front of the computer. I’ve had ball chairs, bungee chairs, but ultimately I was still sitting on my behind for more hours of the day then I wanted to and I was losing motivation. This desk is a life-changer for me. Although it does take up some precious space in our home gym, it is so worth it. Now I just plug along at a nice slow and steady pace and by the end of my work day I’ve logged an additional 3 miles on top of my normal workout routine, without even trying!
Technology is amazing. For example as I was just writing the above paragraph I decided I should actually take a picture right now of what I’m talking about. So I quickly stepped off the treadmill, snapped a photo (sorry the lighting isn’t the best) and I emailed myself the picture, which is now posted for you to see. How cool is that? The trick is learning how to make technology work for us and not let it overrun our lives. As fun as it is to own an IPhone and an IPad, it is important to set boundaries around their use. It’s just as easy to get sucked into a fun application as it is to waste hours on Facebook or in front of the television. So basically the trouble is not the technology itself, it’s how we use it.
A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found a link between media consumption and poor academic performance. The study found that teens who consume the most hours of media daily earn worse grades than those who consume less (i.e. less than 3 hours/day). We interact less in person and thus our social skills become more awkward when we really heavily on text messaging or Facebook posts – but I digress.
The point of this post is simply to introduce you to the idea that there are always ways to make a situation better. No, if you work in an office cubicle, the Trek desk may not be the solution for you – we’ll have to come up with another idea. Think outside the cubicle and how you can create more movement in your day, more energy in your day and you’ll be rewarded with creativity and motivation.
For more information on the TrekDesk, click here.