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Portland Appraiser Shop. It is the end of the year and many people are looking at the New Year as an opportunity to make healthy changes in their life. In October of 2013,
I wrote a blog post about my treadmill desk. While a treadmill desk might seem more suited for a silly parody
video, one year after changing to a treadmill desk, I can say that it is one of the best things I have ever done for my health, productivity, and happiness.
Sitting at a conventional desk has similar consequences on the human body as smoking, and these effects cannot be overcome just by exercising more. Most real estate appraisers sit for ten hours or more per day. The following
short video is very informative about how harmful sitting only six hours per day can be.
A treadmill desk is such an easy solution to all of the problems associated with sitting too much. Here is a 2014 peer reviewed
study on the effects of treadmill desks and work performance. For me, once a treadmill replaced my office chair, I quickly noticed
the following benefits. Consequently, I will never return to sitting while working.
More Productivity: Working while walking increases blood flow and makes it easier for the brain to concentrate longer and to solve difficult problems. It is not a coincidence that walking
meetings are productive and popular. Some people think that walking on a treadmill makes it difficult to type on a keyboard. However, difficulty typing might only be true for the first day or two at a treadmill desk. Remember that we are not running, just
walking at a slow speed of about one to two miles per hour. Also, a person working at a treadmill desk may choose to slow or stop the treadmill for certain tasks. I occasionally step to the sides of the treadmill belt if I’m looking carefully at something
small on the computer screen.
Less Back Pain: When I sit or stand without walking, my body tends to slouch. When I walk at a treadmill desk, the slouch goes away naturally. In addition, walking keeps the muscles in
your back and core strong, thereby preventing injury when you are away from your desk.
Less Need for Caffeine: When I am walking at my treadmill desk, I rarely feel the need for something to wake me up. Walking naturally increases heart rate and body temperature, keeping you
more awake and alert.
Lower Blood Pressure: My blood pressure was the lowest it has ever been on my last doctor visit. I like to think that is due to the treadmill desk. Prior to using a treadmill desk, I was
better about doing regular cardiovascular workouts and even ran a couple half marathons. Now, I can stay healthy with fewer conventional workouts. In the New Year, I hope to exercise more away from my desk as well.
Increased Happiness: When people feel healthy, they feel happy. When finished after many hours of work at the treadmill desk, I don’t feel bad if my family asks me to sit down and watch
a movie with them. Putting my feet up after a long day of work is a nice reward without the guilt that I would have if I had sat at a desk all day.
If you’re thinking of switching to a treadmill desk but you do not want to spend a lot of money, check out the
Confidence treadmill from Amazon for
under $200. After about 3,000 miles, my Confidence treadmill still works great. The handlebars can easily be removed to slide under a desk and it is compact, and quiet. Once you have a treadmill, just jack up your old desk, or buy a low-cost
standing desk from Ikea. I used a piece of Ikea butcher block that I had in my garage to fashion a new desk above my old desk.
Did I leave anything out or do you want to join in the conversation? Let me know in the comments below.
This blog post is not offering medical advice, only my personal experiences as a Portland, Oregon real estate appraiser. You should consult with your doctor or medical professional before you begin any exercise program
or start using a treadmill desk.
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At A Quality Appraisal, there is not a day that goes by where we do not think of new ways to improve our systems and appraisal product. We use all of the latest gadgets and
methods to improve appraisal speed and accuracy including tablets in the field, laser measurement, top-of-the-line software, multiple monitors, and regression analysis. Even with all of these innovations, we know there are still ways to improve our product.
One area of appraisal that is difficult to improve upon is the human factor. The typical appraisal requires many hours of looking at a computer screen analyzing data. Appraisers
in Portland, OR and everywhere experience data overload, exhaustion, and loss of focus. Recently, I found one unique solution that has made me more productive and feeling good after a long day in the office — a treadmill desk.
A treadmill desk is a standup workstation that allows one to walk at a slow speed while working. The health benefits of walking or standing rather than sitting are well documented.
However, a common reaction among most people is that walking would interfere with productivity, concentration, and the ability to type. Like with many things in real estate appraisal, perception is not reality.
I’m not comfortable sitting in a chair and I fidget or I get tired. On a treadmill I feel great and rarely lose focus. My brain is free to think while my body is distracted
with walking in the same way most of us have ideas while showering or driving.
If you’re looking for a way to do more appraisals that are more accurate or anything else that requires a desk and computer, I highly recommend a treadmill desk. If you’re
looking for a Greater Portland Area appraiser who is not afraid to look at a problem differently and make changes to the old ways of doing business,
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