Life hacking is all the rage presently – as technology progresses people are truly realizing that time is our most valuable asset, and anyway we can capitalize on it is highly valuable. Exercise has always been a chore for most of us, a task for which we must block out valuable hours of our limited free time often doing something we don’t like. However, running and walking hacking are now becoming hugely popular because it’s easy to run or walk while we do much of our daily, normally sedentary tasks.
The irony of the run & walk hack is that for most of human history, our prehistoric ancestors essentially did the same thing – they just didn’t really know that they were getting health benefits from the regular exercise. You see, running for the sake of running simply didn’t exist. People walked and ran out of necessity – to forage, gather, run from predators, or whatever. It just so happens that evolution positively selected traits for which these necessary survival behaviors positively benefited our health
The Modern Problem
The advancement of modern civilization has had some concurrent consequences – namely, that our “work” no longer requires regular physical effort on our parts, which unfortunately is causing health repercussions. People don’t burn enough calories and get fat, which causes health problems, and doubly forgoe exercise, which compounds on these health problems.
A Practical solution
The treadmill desk is becoming a highly popular solution, and it’s easy to see why. You can convert your hours of liable sedentary time immediately into an asset of exercise time. Not to mention, regular slow movement has been scientifically shown to improve focus and clarity. This is what life hacking is all about – killing multiple birds with one stone and making your precious time count.
How to I get set up?
Great question – firstly, we recommend investing in a standing desk that can easily adjust heights – you need to sit sometimes, so it’s good to transition between sitting, standing, and walking, especially if you’re just starting out. You can easily find a decent standing desk for under $200 dollars, or you can even build your own if you’re feeling thrifty.
Next, you’ll want to get a good treadmill that you can wheel in and out of your desk. We recommend getting one that doesn’t have a stand, otherwise the console can awkwardly interfere with your work space. In fact, you can even go all out and get a full on treadmill desk that integrates the controls with the desk itself. It’s an expensive up front cost, but a well worthwhile investment. The years of walking will more than pay back dividends to your health. You can even affix a small flat screen TV to your treadmill. Many people spend hours as couch potatoes watching the tube, so why not take those mindless hours and walk or run? It’s important that you find a good make & model to fit with your desk or workstation – we recommend consulting an authoritative guide on how to pick a good TV, then use a comprehensive resource which compares products to find the right one for you.
Life hacking is a fun way to make the most out of your time, and a treadmill work/entertainment station is a great way to incorporate healthy running and walking into your everyday life.