Okay, so one of my New Year’s resolutions (like always) is to get healthy and lose weight. Anticipating this, I bought a treadmill in December. Between the time I bought it and today, I’ve been on it three times. Way to get healthy, right? *sigh* And to add to this failure, I’ve been reading that people who sit a lot die sooner than those who don’t. Oh, great. I sit on my full-time day job, and I sit on my full-time writer job. I am so screwed. But, wait! There’s such a thing as a treadmill desk. You can walk while you work. Not fast, of course, but still, some movement is better than no movement, right?
But I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a treadmill desk. So being the daughter of a frugal man who was good at MacGuyvering things, I decided to make my own. On my last trip to Wally World I picked up a 4-pack of bungee cords for $3.98. (I’m only using 2 of them, so for this project I’m halving the cost.) I made a trip to Lowe’s and bought a wire 36″x12″ shelf for $7.98. Here’s what I came up with:
(Jeez Louise, I didn’t realize how dirty my laptop screen was until I took these pictures!)
This is the perfect height, and walking at about 1.2 miles per hour I can still type and read. As I looked at this set up, I realized it wouldn’t work for when I needed to edit (because final edits for Grand Central are done with print galleys). I needed a hard surface, not heavy wire with spaces. So I grabbed a wooden shelf from a bookcase I destroyed while trying to move it with most of the books still on it (yeah, call me lazy and learn from my mistake). And now I also have this:
It works great, though if I need to write I have to step to the side rails for a couple of seconds. I haven’t mastered writing and walking at the same time. Yet.
I am so out of shape that I can’t stay on the treadmill for great stretches of time, like hours in a row. (Oy, do my hips start to protest!) But today so far I’ve been doing about 20 minutes on and 10 minutes or so off, and that seems to be working.
So, for ten bucks and some change, I have a workable treadmill desk. Yay me!