“Hi, I’m Jeffe Kennedy and I use a treadmill desk.”

by Jeffe Kennedy, author of Under His Touch (Carina Press)

Hi, I’m Jeffe Kennedy and I use a treadmill desk.

I’ve had it for two years, and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

I got it for the usual reasons. All those articles on how sitting is killing us, right? Also, I’d been facing all those THINGS it seems we get saddled with as we get older—increasing blood pressure, weight, and general blobbiness.

(I confess the blobbiness bothered me more than anything else—I’m vain and I hated having to cover up my legs just to look cute.)

Between writing and working from home, I’m at my desk 12–14 hours per day. The rest of the time, with the exception of a daily run and household chores, I’m reading, watching movies and sleeping. I was the epitome of sedentary.

My desk is hydraulic, which lets me use it for sitting, standing or walking. I do all three, rotating as the mood strikes. The treadmill itself is detachable, with a console I keep on the desk. I can move it to the side and sit in a chair if I feel like it.

I draft my books almost entirely while walking, which I find promotes creativity and allows me to fall into a lovely trance state which is great for writing. I wrote Under His Touch entirely on the treadmill, evoking all those great fantasies of the Dream King. My young heroine, Amber, is a fitness fiend—in fact she figures out that her boss, the yummy Alec Knight, has been paying attention to her when he buys her favorite skinny latte and egg white wrap. I think she’d love a treadmill desk. Maybe she can talk the firm into getting her one! Like me, she could walk while writing reports or on those endless conference calls.

The best part is that I’m in the best shape of my life. I walk 6–8 miles per day and I’ve lost close to 15 pounds of body fat. My blood pressure is down, my endurance is great and my overall energy levels are way up. It’s gotten so I feel weird sitting down. Also, people tell me how fit I look, which is something this vain girl loves!

Have you ever considered using a standing desk? Ask me anything about mine in the comments!

About Under His Touch:

Amber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she’s worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won’t cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.

Alexander Knight prides himself on his integrity and self-discipline. After all, he hasn’t risen to the position he enjoys by indulging his whims over ambition. He also isn’t blind. He’s certainly noticed his sharp, young assistant is hot as hell. His self-imposed sexual hermitage doesn’t stop him from watching her. And endlessly fantasizing.

The day Alec’s cool reserve cracks and Amber catches a glimpse of something simmering beneath his apparent indifference is the day everything between them changes. Alec gives her what she’s been looking for sexually—as masterful in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He finds himself in the grip of an affair that tests even his boundaries, while Amber’s new role as willing student pushes them both past any consideration other than mutual longing.

About the author:

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received an Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

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Comments ( 4 )
  1. Shirley McCann
    January 20, 2015 at 9:05 am
    Reply

    I’m considering getting a treadmill with a desk. What kind do you have? I’ve been reading some bad reviews on a few. Too tall of a desk, wobbly, etc.

  2. Jeffe Kennedy
    January 20, 2015 at 10:37 am
    Reply

    Yeah, I hear you, Shirley! I did a lot of research on this, for those same reasons. So, here’s a post I did on my own blog when I first set it up, that has all the links and my reasoning: http://www.jeffekennedy.com/grand-opening-my-new-treadmill-desk/. That’s the long answer. Short answer is my desk is from Geek Desk (http://www.geekdesk.com/default.asp) and the treadmill from Tread Desk (http://www.treaddesk.com/products/the-tread/the-tread/)

  3. CJ Burright
    January 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm
    Reply

    That’s a fabulous idea, Jeffe! I find a lot of my stories spin to life while running on the treadmill, so maybe walking at my desk instead of sitting would have the same effect. And I’m sure you look very cute after all that walking. 🙂

  4. Jeffe Kennedy
    January 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm
    Reply

    SUCH an amazing effect, CJ! The treadmill is amazing for inducing that trance state optimum for word flow!

    (and I hope I look cute! :-))

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