The Virtual Treadmill
by Ron Brown, author of The Body Fat Guide
"Ron Brown is a certified fitness trainer who doesn't have an inch of flab on his body. He'll tell you what you can do to become fit and trim too."
TALK TO AMERICA, Washington DC
IT SEEMS people
today are finding it more difficult to find the time to work aerobic
exercise into their busy schedules. Taking hours away from work, school and
domestic chores to burn aerobic calories by walking on a treadmill is becoming
less of a priority. In the meantime, the population's weight problem is rapidly
expanding as we spend more time sitting at our desks in front of computers. To
address this problem, the Institute of Medicine and Health Canada have recently
upgraded the recommended amount of daily exercise to one hour of walking.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could find a way to combine the
fat-burning effects of walking while we performed our deskwork?
Here's a solution called the Virtual Treadmill. You can use it anywhere, at home or in your office, and the best part is that it's free! The simplest way to describe the virtual treadmill is that you perform your deskwork while marching in place in front of your desk or computer! Yes, it sounds funny, and it may look funny to others if you don't use it in privacy, but, the virtual treadmill is an amazingly efficient way to burn fat without sacrificing time away from your deskwork.
Here's how to setup your virtual treadmill in a way that is safe, efficient and comfortable: Remove the chair by your desk and put on your walking shoes, or, if you have a
comfortable carpet or rug to march in place on, you may prefer to remove your shoes
and go barefoot.
Put your keyboard and mouse on top of a sturdy and stable cardboard box so that it is at the proper height while you are standing. When your hands are on the keyboard, your upper arms should hang comfortably by your sides, and your forearms should be parallel to the floor. Tilt your monitor screen upwards, or, even better, raise it up on another sturdy box so that the center of the screen is at eye level. Then, start the chronometer or timer on your watch, place your hands on the keyboard to do your work, and begin marching in place, just like a soldier.
You don't have a timer? No problem! Click to download a FREE Virtual Treadmill Timer to your computer's Desktop. Tryout this demo:
Timing your walking while on your virtual treadmill, along with performing some simple math, will tell you how many calories you are burning. For each half-hour you march in place at a normal brisk pace of 120 steps per minute (about 3.5 miles per hour), you will burn an amount of calories that equals your weight in pounds. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, marching in place on the virtual treadmill will burn 150 calories each half-hour, or 300 calories each hour. To find out how many calories you are burning per minute, simply divide 150 calories per half-hour by 30 minutes, or divide 300 calories per hour by 60 minutes, which, in this case, equals 5 calories per minute.
But, how do you know how long to stay on the virtual treadmill if you are trying to lose weight? No problem, again! The Body Fat Wizard will tell you exactly how long you need to walk to meet your weight-loss goal.
Now you can meet your exercise requirements to manage your weight, and get your deskwork done at the same time! And, there's no need to worry that marching in place while working at your desk will distract you from concentrating on your reading material. You will find that reading while on the virtual treadmill actually improves your concentration. One tends to become less dozy when reading while physically active.
In fact, it had been said that some of the worlds greatest thinkers, like Einstein and Beethoven, did their best thinking while taking long walks.
Try it. You may find working on the virtual treadmill is habit forming. Who knows, with over half of the adult population overweight, the virtual treadmill may even start a revolution in the workplace! Even kids who spend a lot of time playing computer games, sending Internet messages and watching TV can benefit from using the virtual treadmill.