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My treadmill desk makes me happier and more productive — here’s why

I love my home office chair — deeply. It feels like sitting in a hug.

Before 2020, I would only see it a few hours a day. The rest of the time, I’d work in co-working spaces and coffee shops, which I walk to. It kept me active.

The pandemic changed that — my chair became part of my body. I coded there, I had meetings there, I ate my meals there, I happy hour’d with friends there, and I watched Netflix there. I rocked my whiny kids there. I did everything in that chair, and my body started to feel it.

We all know that exercise plays an important role in our mental and physical well-being. As a car-less city-dweller, losing the ability to walk around and leave my tiny apartment when the world started to shut down weighed heavily on my mental and physical health. And, as a mom who now had more than one full-time job, I just didn’t have time to dedicate to exercise.

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So I bought a treadmill for under my standing desk. I knew I needed something to get me moving, and I needed to be able to do it while momming, working, or hanging out with friends on Zoom. I needed to get my butt out of that comfy chair and get moving.