A while back I blogged about the addition of a stair stepper to my standing desk set up. I have gotten much better at typing (keyboarding for you whippersnappers) and doing other work while stepping. Working with our electronic record systems and sending email barely slows me down.
Phone calls still require standing still or sitting; the stepper, unlike a treadmill, requires some oomph from me to move. That gets transmitted in my voice, and I don't want to have to explain why I sound weird.
To give you an example of how this changes my activity level, here is today so far:
8:30 - 10:00: Made rounds with residents. Saw consult patients. Just over 2,000 steps by Fitbit
10:00 - Noon: Office work, including charting, reading manuscripts, email and other correspondence. Current steps at 9,264
Thinking it's time you added a stepper? Some things to keep in mind:
- Keep padded shoes available; if you have been standing at your desk, you probably have something comfortable stashed under your desk anyway. Unlike standing, my ballet flats and loafers do not suffice when I'm stepping.
- Some steppers squeak. Mine started out quiet, and then became annoying when I put my right foot down. This noise stopped a couple of days ago for no good reason that I can identify. It's best to close your door while you do this anyway, both because of noise and the weirdness factor.
- If you are prone to feel warm in your workplace, you may want a fan. You really can get warm with this level of activity, even at an incredibly leisurely pace such as I have.
By the way, in the 8 minutes it took me to write that bullet list, another 400 steps have been added to the total.