It’s been a while since I last updated, which I think is good news for anyone considering a treadmill desk! I still use one at home (I’m on my second one since I basically destroyed the first one). Same desk (Ikea Fredrik) and same treadmill model (Confidence Power Plus), and same modifications. (Speaker disabling, propping up the back, arms removed.) Overall impressions, this is an awesome setup for the price. I was thinking of making one for some friends also, but finding a cheap standing desk is usually the problem. These Ikea Jerker and Fredrik desks are amazing for the purpose, but for some stupid reason Ikea discontinued them. They are just now introducing a standing desk, but it’s single level (so it’s not even as good!) and much more expensive. Also, people in craigslist are starting to realize that the desks they have are in high demand and are charging a lot for them! There needs to be a cheap standing desk solution. Ikea had it before, but now they’re getting greedy and hurting widespread adoption.
Anyways, rant aside, my health seems to be pretty good still! I stopped keeping track of my weight when my scale broke (among other excuses), so I’ll give a weight update once I get another one. I stopped keeping track of my blood pressure, because as you can see from the final graph, it wasn’t changing all that much. I did have to get checked out at the doctor for that hip pain I was mentioning in previous posts, but it wasn’t anything with bone, just muscle. I’ve toned down the speed and length of time I use the treadmill and it hasn’t been a problem since. I also visited a physical therapist about an unrelated lower back issue (snowboarding accident) and he was saying how humans probably aren’t that used to doing a slow walk for prolonged periods of time, and that may have led to some issues as well. He suggested that if you’re going to walk, to pump up the speed to a normal walking rate instead of a 1mph speed. That’s kind of conflicting information from personal experience, and he wasn’t exactly a great physical therapist to begin with, so take that with a grain of salt I suppose. In any case, I’m at least starting to pump up the speed when I’m doing work that isn’t very concentration or movement sensitive, just in case.