How I Met My Treadmill Desk

It was January 1st and I had given up. Back in November, I decided to take a class at a local gym called “Body Attack.” I had big hopes. Sitting for so many hours a day at work was taking its toll on my back and legs. The class looked like the perfect antidote. One hour of high-paced, Jennifer Lopez club tunes to tone me up. Plus, it would kill two birds with one stone. My husband didn’t need to take me out dancing, and I would get the exercise my body desperately needed. I bought myself some cute sneakers and a new pair of leggings and got to my first class a few minutes early. I almost died that day.

But I didn’t give up. I tried the class a few more times, thinking each time that it would get easier. It did not, and this was a beginners level class! I even managed to sprain both of my ankles. YES, both at the same time. Stairs were not my friend for 3 weeks.

Unfortunately, I am not either of these women.

Unfortunately, I am not either of these women.

So I tried to slow my workout down with yoga classes. In yoga, I learned an important lesson: I am not flexible. The instructor tried to help me during the class, but her reaction made me feel like I was a lost cause.

I moved to weight training, figuring that it required little coordination or flexibility. Unfortunately weight training was a bust, too. I was too intimidated by “real” weight lifters who impatiently waited their turn while I sheepishly used the machines.

So January 1st, I quit. My gym membership ended on a day where New Year’s resolutions bring an influx of newly motivated exercisers to the gym. It was easy to disappear without anyone noticing.

It turns out that my story is not unlike many others. In fact, 80% of people who sign up for gym memberships in January quit within 5 months. These 80% have different reasons for not sticking with a gym routine, but they likely all go back to days with limited amounts of activity.

For me, returning to days absent of activity was not an option. Cue Rebel Desk.

Believe it or not, the day I met my treadmill desk, I didn’t have the overwhelming feeling of, will I quit this and will it go to waste? Instead, the excitement of being able to type and walk, answer calls and walk, even drink my coffee and walk was overwhelming. It just made sense for me. Being able to add walking and standing to my day job was a refreshing change. I always felt guilty that my lack of exercise was negating all the healthy things I do with my body. The treadmill desk took that guilt away.

Years later, Rebel Desk is an integral part of my life, and not just because I work here. Apparently, I am not the only treadmill desk user that feels this way. Rebel Desk users were polled and it was found that 96% of standing desk users continued to use their Rebel Desk regularly, even after 5 months of use, and 74% used their treadmills regularly as well. Rebel Desk has been steadily making work better for every type of person. Frequent gym goers, avid cyclists, and marathon runners love incorporating Rebel Desk into their routine. And for people like myself, well, we continue to be experts at walking at work.

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