In a busy life filled with homeschooling, work, children, writing, sewing and many other things, I always find it hard to find time to work out. It’s frustrating at the end of the day knowing I’ve failed once again to find time for exercise. I want to be healthy and every day I feel my health deteriorating a little more as I spend day after day sitting at my computer working and writing. I’ve spent days standing and working, just to change things up before but it’s not much better.
The more I thought about it the more it became clear that something has to change. I can’t change the amount of hours in a day, and work still has to get done and I refuse to give up writing or my enjoyment of gaming. So I tried to think up a way to get some exercise while doing these things.
My first thought was to get a stationary bike, but who has the money for that. Then I remembered a clip I had seen on the news of a woman who put a desk over her treadmill and walked all day.
Since it’s the holidays and money is tight, Daddy and I found a make shift desk for the treadmill (the leaf for our kitchen table) and I’ve been walking and working (and sometimes gaming) ever since. I started off really slow and I’ve now worked up to 2.8 miles per hour. Balancing is harder while trying to use the computer on a treadmill. It’s still not a brisk walk but it’s much better than sitting, plus I can do it for a long time. The first day I walked while I worked for 4 hours and burned 1000 calories. Not bad while invoicing.
Four hours is a long time, it’s still hard to get that many hours in a row, but most days I average 2 hours and more than 500 calories. I’ll take it.
On a totally unrelated note…
Isn’t this the cutest little guy in his first time out?!!