Here’s why you might feel gassy after walking a while on your treadmill desk.

If you’ve recently begun using a treadmill desk, and you’ve noticed that after being on it for awhile, you begin experiencing gas, there’s a very logical explanation for this.

I myself use a treadmill desk for my computer work. One day I began noticing that within a few hours of beginning to use it for a given day, I was feeling some slight gas.

Of course, I didn’t make the connection; after all, how can walking on a treadmill desk possibly result in that distinct crampy feel of gas?

The type of gas I had was mild; nothing blatant or distracting. However, I noticed that it didn’t seem to correlate to anything I had consumed.

I then recalled a time when I had experienced unexplained gas cramps (that was more notable) several years ago.

I had figured out that the cause had been swallowing air with the beverages that I had created from juicing.

Because I didn’t like the taste (I juice for nutrient value only), I would take a deep breath, then guzzle the drink in one breath. Along with the juice, I had ingested air.

I had solved the problem by making a point to keep my mouth closed while taking a deep breath before chugging down the drink.

So how does this tie into using a treadmill desk?

Well, for several days in a row, I’d been sipping 20 ounces worth of homemade lemonade (organic lemons plus filtered water plus Stevia) while walking on the treadmill.

I wondered if the walking while drinking had been causing me to gulp air with each sip.

The next time I had the giant glass of delicious lemonade before me and raised it to my lips while walking, I made a point to keep my mouth closed while inhaling before taking a drink.

I immediately realized that — all alonge — I had been gulping air before each sip and not even realizing this.

This is easy to do and not be aware of while one is walking.

I’ve since been sipping very conscientiously, and the gas has not returned.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  
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Source: Unexplained Gas when Using a Treadmill Desk