NextDesk Terra

A First for Me!

NextDesk TerraMy walking/standing desk finally arrived and is basically set up, and this is the first post I’ve ever written standing up and walking. In fact, today I’ve walked around 8,000 steps working at the desk. I have to say, so far, I really like it!

I was a little apprehensive about getting one: how successfully does one type and screen read while walking? I asked 2 people I know who have walking desks. They both rave about them, stating that once you get one, you will never want to sit at a desk again. The only downside: Donald Rumsfeld (whom I detest) is the first person I ever heard of that used a standing desk.

I’ve always been more productive when I walk. I walked around the (usually empty) top floor of the graduate library at the U of I as I was studying/memorizing massive amounts of information for my doctoral qualifying exams. When I walk, I absorb info vastly faster! (I have no idea why.)

My lifestyle is much too sedentary, and I need some way to get my 10,000 daily steps and burn calories. Some days I only get 1,500 – 2,500 because I sit at the desk so much! Well, that’s now changed.

I ordered the NextDesk Terra (dark bamboo top with a black anodized frame). It’s beautifully done, adjusts to any height you desire between about 28 inches and 50.8 inches. I also purchased the LifeSpan walking treadmill which easily rolls under or out from under the desk. So, I can sit at the desk, stand, or walk.

The media have been amping the health benefits of standing at a desk vs. sitting, and, better yet, walking. I’m sure most of it is a funded marketing campaign from the desk cartel (is there such a thing?), but it really does make some sense to me. And, I just enjoy walking. So far I’ve found walking at 1.6 miles per hour to be a comfortable stride where I don’t think about the walking unless a good tune is playing.