A year ago, I received a $300 bonus at work and I knew exactly what I was going to use it on — a walking pad.
I’d bought a standing desk from Costco a few months prior and this felt like the final piece of the puzzle. After all, TikToks of people using their treadmill desks joyously at home had been popping up on my For You Page for months.
It was easy to convince myself this purchase was worth it because I live a pretty sedentary lifestyle and spend 40+ hours a week at my desk working from home. I thought I’d feel better about myself if I could get steps in while doing a necessary task.
For the first three months, my walking pad was terrific. Every day, like clockwork, I’d pull it down from …