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It’s been a little over two weeks since I embarked on my quest to live healthfully in 2015. The main component of my plan was to use my treadmill at work for at least two hours per day. I can happily report that I’ve been successful, and honestly, it’s taken barely any effort. Once I made the commitment and got started, it’s been easy to keep going. I’ve had this treadmill at my desk for going on two years, but until now, have used it only sporadically, maybe once a week or so (no excuse; I guess it’s just that when you have every imaginable work accessory at your disposal, you can end up taking them for granted).

I was out of the office for a few days recently, so the following walking numbers reflect the 11 days I’ve been at work since starting my treadmill odyssey. According to my handy LifeSpan console, I’ve walked 27 hours, taken 142,430 steps, burned 4951 calories, and traveled 31 miles. I’ve also lost 5 pounds. My routine for now is to sit or stand at my desk and have my coffee when I first arrive, then walk for at least an hour before lunch. I’ll do another hour or so after lunch, either right after I eat or an hour or so later. I started out sticking pretty closely to just two hours of walking per day, but have slowly increased my total walking time without really even trying, averaging about 2.5 hours per day for the past few days. My initial walking speed was 1.1 mph, but I have been doing 1.2 for the past couple of days. It’s a subtle difference, but it’s helpful in increasing my daily steps and overall distance.

Starting today, I’m upping the ante and walking for a total of at least three hours each day. I feel great so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the speed and duration increases affect my overall numbers. I have more energy and have been sleeping better, and I am ready to bump it to the next level. I’ve been doing well with my daily smoothies, too, and just feel better in general knowing I am taking these steps (no pun intended HAHAHA) towards good health.

Join me in my daily walking with a treadmill desk from TheHumanSolution.com!

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Shannon comes to THS from a background in writing and teaching. She’s lived and traveled all over the world, but is now a committed South Austinite, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She likes the things you might expect of a former English teacher, like reading, crosswords, tea, and cats. She also enjoys Charlie Kaufman movies, yoga, and being tall.

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