Walking While Working: My Walk Around The World

It’s a fact. Sitting at a desk shortens your life span. For decades, I’ve heard of people using standing desks. More recently, I discovered “walking desks” — a marriage of treadmill and workstation. So in 2011, I built my own treadmill desk:  Building a Treadmill Desk. My goal was to walk 3,000 miles, the equivalent of walking from Placerville, California to Cape Cod, MA. On 13 November 2015, I reached my goal!

Now I have a new goal. I want to walk from one end of the planet to the other. I’m starting at Wainwright, Alaska with my goal to reach Puerto Williams, Chile. A distance of roughly 10,854 miles. Granted, some of those miles are “as the crow flies” — there are few main roads in the middle of Alaska — so I will find trails! And since I’m starting at the top of the Northern Hemisphere, it will all be downhill!

It took me 4 years to walk 3,000 miles (or just under an average of 2 miles / day), so 11,000 miles should take around 15 years. If I can increase my daily average to 3 miles / day, my goal can be achieved in 10 years, before my 70th birthday. Since I don’t use the treadmill on weekends, or while traveling, or on holidays, or on high intensity workout days, that means around 5 miles / day when I’m actually using the treadmill. Let’s hope I stay healthy!

VIRTUAL LOCATIONS REACHED:

2015

JOURNEY START: Nov 13, 2015: Wainwright, Alaska

Treadmill Map Hemisphere 13 Nov 2015

Walking Desk Related:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/are-standing-desks-healthier-than-sitting.php

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1862448-1,00.html

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/04/28/135766887/health-chair-reform-walk-dont-sit-at-your-desk

http://hfs.sagepub.com/content/51/6/831.abstract

http://smarterware.org/7102/how-and-why-i-switched-to-a-standing-desk

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/stand-up-while-you-read-this/


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2 thoughts on “Walking While Working: My Walk Around The World

  1. Pleased to see you on my blog roll this week! Knee problems make standing for long periods painful for me. So I get my exercise with rowing and recumbent biking. But recently–having put my boat away for the winter–I’ve been walking a few miles a day, and the pain in my knees is, surprisingly, better. I’m pretty sure that an MD would say it’s production of more synovial fluid. So I’m wondering whether there’s a sweet spot where extra walking (more joint use)–assuming reasonable weight and joint health–reduces joint wear.

    • Hi Tracy. Interesting observation. I’ve heard the same concept applied to Alzheimer’s and neural functioning: the more we use it, the healthier it remains with age.

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