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I am writing this very post as I walk at a leisurely pace, using my Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk!
Me? DIY?!?!? It’s no secret that I’m not a crafter or a DIY-er. But, I had this little problem (or set of little problems), and I wanted to find a suitable solution to these problems. Thus, I (and my wonderful husband) pieced together this Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk.
Problem #1: I have a treadmill that, for long stretches of time, gathers dust.
Before having children, we bought a treadmill. With my sun sensitivity and not being an outdoorsy marathoner like the hubs (!), I wanted a way to exercise indoors. I used the treadmill sporadically, and when we had our children, I used the treadmill even less.
Problem #2: The time I have to exercise is the same limited amount of time I have to work on other things (family finances, blogging, etc.).
Since we homeschool, the bulk of my weekdays is spent educating the children, which I love. However, it leaves less time for other necessary activities (EXERCISE, non-school family time, laundry, meal prep, etc.) and personal pursuits (EXERCISE, reading, blogging, time with friends, etc.).
Problem #3: Sitting at the computer for long periods of time wreaks havoc on my neck & shoulders & doesn’t do any favors for the rest of my body.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m working at the computer for a long stretch of time, my neck, shoulders, and upper back take a beating. Cumulatively, over time, this can cause major pain…if I’m not proactive. I would not wish my pre-DIY Treadmill Desk “neck tightness headaches” on anyone. Some people might be able to sit at the computer for hours on end with no physical effects. I am not one of those people. For me, the effects of “forward neck” are no joke.
SOLUTION: Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk
There are several simple components to this Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk.
Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk Component #1: The “Desk” Part
This was the main DIY part. We measured the width of the treadmill arms to determine how long the desk needed to be. Then, we headed to Home Depot to purchase the necessary items.
- melamine white shelf board (Home Depot Internet Item #202089061) (cut to size at Home Depot)
- screw eyes, 2 packages (Home Depot Item #887480165418)
- bungee cords, assorted sizes
Back at home, we drilled pilot holes where the four eye hooks needed to be and then screwed them in. We placed the board across the treadmill arms and attached the bungee cords. The desk part was finished!
Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk Component #2: Laptop Stand
Even with the great DIY treadmill desk, I still needed a raised place to put my laptop. Thankfully, I found this laptop stand! It allows the laptop to sit at my eye level, which prevents my neck from angling downward. It fastens securely to the treadmill with two straps. There is also a “seatbelt” strap for the laptop itself.
Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk Component #3: External Keyboard & Mouse
Since the laptop is raised, I also needed an external keyboard and mouse, which actually sit on the DIY treadmill desk itself. This AmazonBasics keyboard/mouse bundle looks, feels, and works great.
This Stress Relief DIY Treadmill Desk solves all 3 of my problems.
The treadmill gets used for its intended purpose…exercise! I can multi-task by exercising and doing computer work at the same time. My neck isn’t tilted downward at a crazy angle, and my body is moving!
Now, I’m not planning to run while this set-up is in place…wouldn’t be prudent! My body doesn’t run (or even jog) anyway. I’m talking about a nice slow pace…just something to get the body moving, rather than sitting, for a longer period of time. For now, 2.0 mph seems to be my sweet spot. Besides, if I did figure out how to run (!), all of the DIY Treadmill Desk components are easily removable.
The first time I tried using the new set-up, I walked 2.74 miles! The screen was at the perfect level for me. I was working on the computer the entire time, and my neck did not hurt! I’d say it was a success.
Since then, the miles have continued to add up, and the results have been the same (I’m getting exercise + getting work done + no neck pain). Major success!
How have you infused exercise into your daily routine (DIY or not)?