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Treadmill desk? Sign me up!

Filed in Writing Life by on June 1, 2014 0 Comments • views: 3762

I’ve been doing most of my writing at a diner because it’s away from the distractions of home.  The problem is…it’s in a diner.  I get really hungry there, and all the food is terrible for you.  Delicious, yes, but terrible.  Plus, sitting on my rear end for 10+ hours a day is bad for me–for my back, for my heart, for my muscles, and for my waist.

I’ve been looking at treadmill desks because lots of people have had success with them.  Unfortunately, they start at $1500 for a good one.  Uh, yikes.  That is totally not in the writing budget.  I’ve already sprung for a (used) laptop, a printer, and an automatic backup system this year.  Regular treadmills often burn up going long distances at low speeds.

Then I found this guy.  He uses this treadmill.  That’s right–$200 for a treadmill that’s served lots of people at walking-desk speeds and usage for years.  (Note:  The speeds are actually KPH, not MPH.)  I already have a shelf for a desk that I might be able to set up as some kind of standing desk with my laptop.


All I need to do is empty out our sauna and de-bugify it for use.  (We live in a 1960s house that was built by lilliputian Lithuanians, who had a custom sauna area put in the basement.  It still works, but the seats are so close to the ceiling that only a person under 5′ can use the top row–and we never, ever use it at all.  It’s just a junk room.)  The effect will be rather like a frightening institutional cell, since the room is tiny and windowless and has, for some inexplicable reason, a shower off it that does not, as far as anyone can tell, actually drain anywhere.  (There’s a hole in the floor that LOOKS like a drain, but water just goes in and sits there until it evaporates, and the drain is at a lower level than the septic, so it can’t possibly hook to that, anyway!)

But it will work pretty darned well for hiding away from the family and working while staying healthier and not making my arteries slam shut from grease.  Yay!

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V. M. Black is the creator of Aethereal Bonds, the sensual urban fantasy world that takes vampires, weres, and faes to a place they've never been.

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