A walking experiment
If you know me, you’ll know I like a challenge now and then.
This time I tried something I’d never thought I’d do: Walking.
Since the Covid period I have a Hernia in my back. Partly that’s related to my job as a Software developer in combination with working from home 100% since Covid-times.
Since I was diagnosed I bought a Standing desk. This works very well for myself. I like to stand 80% of my day, with like an hour of sitting down after lunch. I’m productive enough and very used to it. (ProTip: Buy great shoes, don’t do it barefoot!).
Levelling Things Up
Since a while I’ve been looking to level things up on this one. On a lot of my social media I got advertisements for “Walking Pads” from Xiaomi. But with a whopping price of € 800,00 it was not worth it (and they are not fast enough to run on!)
iBood.com is one of the website I daily check for deals. And they had a treadmill, it’s not that compact but at a price of € 299,99 it was at least affordable (and I could use it to run as well!). I took the measurements and compared them with the ground clearance on my standing desk and it just fitted under. Hooray!
So it has been 22 days since I’ve got it. And it has been crazy.
I started of kinda slow, 2,7 km/h. Testing the waters, can I still be productive as a Software Engineer? It turned out I could take it up to 4–5 km/h easily. Still being able to think/type without being interfered. It goes very natural.
I walked already 100 kms on the treadmill!
If I’d leave from my house I’d have walked to Antwerpen for example.
A nerd as I am I also want to track my progress automatically. Here there is a combination of Smartplugs, HomeAssistant and some Google Sheets magic.
I setup 2 automations that trigger when:
- Power is above 100w (start)
- Power is for 1 minute below 100w (stop)
I use NodeRed to write them to Google Sheets:
I always add the speed myself, I couldn’t find a relation between the speed and the power just yet.
And with some formulas I calculate the total time + distance I’ve been walking.
I can already feel the health benefits of walking while working. It’s a power-up from my previous standing desk. It also allows me to maintain a better position and get into the “zone” quickly. I’m quite hooked already on that thing. Extra benefit: I don’t have to put the heating in my office to 21℃ anymore, 16 ℃ is enough, trust me!
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