Did you know that I walk 5 miles every day even in the long winter months?
Yes, I said every day.
And, that I achieve this while attending meetings and speaking with clients? In fact when I first started writing this blog post, I was walking at the time?
“How is that possible”, I hear you ask!
Well, I achieve this level of activity thanks my trusty TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. A robust ergonomically designed desk crafted to enable you to place a treadmill beneath it and walk while you work! It has been a key factor in keeping me moving, my brain engaged and my energy levels high since September 2014!
When I received my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2009, I was told that movement would help, that light exercise was important, and that the more static I was the more painful my body would become.
The message was clear. Movement was critical.
But, to me this was crazy-talk. My body hurt. All over. The last thing I felt like doing was exercising.
I was so depressed – dealing with a level of postpartum depression coupled with the aftermath of a broken relationship, not to mention being a single mom to a 9 month old…
Why would I exercise? When would I exercise? Dang it! – why the hell should I?
At this time, I was working over 60 hours every week. When was I going to find the time? Going to gym couldn’t be a priority!
Countless visits to my chiropractor resulted in a script detailing supplements to support my body, in combination with a Paleo diet, plus a line stating “30 Minutes of Low Impact Exercise Daily”. I took the supplements. I ate the Paleo-style diet. But, I could not find the time nor the motivation to complete the required 30 minutes of low impact exercise daily.
As a result my lower back was seizing from sitting at my desk for hours on end, and my shoulders were becoming hunched, not to mention my legs were swollen from reduced lymphatic flow. My chiropractor would adjust me. I would feel better for a few days, but my posture and time at my desk was counterproductive, and soon I conceded I just needed to move!
I was overweight, self-conscious and simply couldn’t find the time to physically go to the gym.
On days when I could manage 30 minutes at our local YMCA, I felt embarrassed about how I looked, not to mention intimidated by the pain and attempted to work out but I was quickly exhausted and overwhelmed.
So, I turned to home exercise DVDs. I would see advertisements and get sucked in by the promised results and think, if they can do it then I can do it…
Sadly, the nature of intense exercise programs like Jillian Michaels’ Shred also defeated me. I would flare to the point where exercise was simply out of the question.
My body needed to gently get moving and slowly repair, not get hit over the head with a sledge hammer! What I was asking my body to do was the equivalent to attempting to run a marathon having just got up from the couch…
This pattern continued until I found The Autoimmune Protocol in 2014.
As I started to reverse my Autoimmune Diseases, my body really wanted to move again. At the same time, my depression started to lift, so not only was my body feeling stronger but my head too was back in the game!
When a former colleague posted on Facebook a picture of her working at a treadmill desk… – a light bulb went off.
I could work AND move!
For the first time, I saw hope on the horizon. For my birthday my parents bought me a treadmill and I invested in my TrekDesk!
Starting slowly I walked for 30 minutes each day. I would walk while attending meetings where I didn’t have to talk! As my body got stronger, I naturally increased the time I walked – even managing to coordinate typing, walking and talking!!!
It’s amazing what a girl can do when brain fog lifts!
I’m sure you can understand how I got a real kick out of seeing that Sarah Ballantyne a.k.a The Paleo Mom also has a TrekDesk when she shared a picture of herself using her own TrekDesk. Knowing how Sarah researches, I knew I was onto something good!
Cut to present day and I am now walking on average of 5 miles every day. And it feels great! My lymphatics have improved greatly and my posture and back pain have virtually been eliminated, to the point where I am now physically able to work out with a virtual personal trainer twice per week. Limited time still impacts me from going to the gym, so connecting with my personal trainer via SKYPE who checks my posture and my form is certainly key to me regaining my strength! The Bacon Kid even joins in!
Seriously people, I never thought I would say it’s good to plank, but it is!
The gentle movement also helped me stay far more focused on my work, helping me remain engaged in meetings that I am participating in, and also in helping me retain information that is being shared with me! As a Learning Strategist who creates training courses to be interactive and engaging this makes so much sense as the movement is re engaging my brain to focus…
The investment I made in the TrekDesk ($500) and a Manual Treadmill ($129) has been a truly life changing investment in my health, and really has helped me regain so much! Not to mention the savings I received from no longer needing the Chiropractor so regularly!
G I V E A W AY
My Trek Desk Buddy, Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom and I have teamed up and we have this fantastic giveaway which will ensure that you are getting your move on! Head over to Sarah’s blog to read the science behind the importance of gentle movement!
One lucky winner will win a TrekDesk, a Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill, and 1 month of AIP Health Coaching ( 4 x 30 Minute Coaching Sessions) with yours truly!
Entering is easy! Sign up for both ThePaleoMom and The Bacon Mum newsletters (don’t worry, you’re e-mail address is safe with us! we’ll never share and we’ll never spam you) and get bonus entries for following each of us on social media sites and by commenting below!
May the odds be ever in your favor!