A few weeks ago, I heard a friend talking about her new walking pad that she got for her home office. As someone who works from home as a web designer, I find it difficult to get in much “movement” outside of the gym. There’s no water cooler or meeting rooms to walk to, buildings to take a lap around, etc. And living in Georgia, the summer heat and humidity does not entice me to take lunch walks!
So, I decided to try it out! I already have a standing desk from IKEA that I’ve used for a few years, so half my setup was already done. I’m about a week into having this walking pad and I LOVE IT. (Currently walking as I type this!)
I’ve shared my new walking pad and my daily walking habit on social media, but I thought I would give some more details below.
Is it hard to use the walking pad and work simultaneously?
Personally, I don’t find it hard at all. In fact, I think it’s actually helped me focus a little better. I think the key is to walk slower than you usually do. This is not a “gym workout” type of walk, but more of a leisurely stroll you take at the mall. It’s easier to sustain this type of pace for longer periods of time, and easier to work this way.
How loud is the walking pad?
Much quieter than a traditional treadmill, but I still turn it off during calls and meetings. It beeps when you turn it off/on. It comes with a remote too, which makes it easy to adjust speed, or turn it off and on.
How hard is it to setup the walking pad?
There was no setup other than taking it out of the box. The treadmill weighs around 50-60 pounds and comes in one piece. It has an off/on switch on the front, and plugs into the wall. It has rollers on the front, so you just pick up and slide it away if you need to sit and work. Since it’s like a traditional treadmill that needs to fold in half or anything, it’s very easy to move and store off to the side. The company also sent a small instructional brochure and oil to help maintain the walking pad.
How much do you use your walking pad during the day?
Since I’ve just started using it, I’m easing into my usage. Even though I go to the gym to workout 4-5 days a week, going from very few steps to 10,000 or more steps a day is a big jump. So, the first few days I would walk for about an hour in the morning and in the afternoon. It’s also important to have good shoes to wear all day, that will help alleviate any foot pain from walking so much–I’m partial to these Saucony shoes, but any gym shoe will work.
How do you track steps while walking?
The walking pad does have a step counter on the screen, which is nice. But, if you’re like me, I wanted the steps to be counted by my Apple watch, too! I’ve tried using the “Indoor Walk” activity on my Apple Watch but it wasn’t very accurate. So, currently my solution is to attach my watch to my shoe and let it count while I walk. Hoping I can find a better option soon, though!
Walking pad brands and options
The walking pad I bought is not the only option! There are several other options on Amazon:
- GOYOUTH Walking Pad (this is the one I have!)
- UMAY Walking Pad (similar to above)
- WalkingPad Brand (this one folds in half)
- CitySports Walking Pad (one with highest ratings)
- Goplus 2-in-1 (if you want both a treadmill and walking pad)
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