A Boost in Happiness, Productivity and Mood by Sitting All Day

Active Desk Engine prototype from Jim Martin, PhD.

“Sitting all day” is now a phrase that sends doctors, therapists, ergonomic specialists, journalists and spooked readers running for cover. The sedentary lifestyle, it appears, does not only deprive you from a boost in happiness, it is a one-way ticket to long-term pain. Funny thing is, we shouldn’t forget that we’ve been doing this all … Read moreA Boost in Happiness, Productivity and Mood by Sitting All Day

The Office Workout: Working Out While Working

It is a rare breed of white-collar job that allows one to exercise while going about one’s business at their desks. How can you have an office workout without access, time, inclination or a desire to hit the gym? You’re either at your desk hammering away that the keyboard, wrestling with that report or other … Read moreThe Office Workout: Working Out While Working

Indoor Cycles Fight Obesity

Instead of doing what we normally do on a daily basis– whether at the office at work, at home watching TV, or at school sitting at classes all day– why not continue doing that, but at the same time, be exercising concurrently as well? That is what one school has done to combat the growing girth and fat in the population, starting with students, and showing how bicycle desks fight obesity.

 

Various media outlets have been making recurring reports about schools seeing the light about desk cycles and their multiple merits, and have been unabashed in reporting about them.

That’s not a surprise considering schools have been more conscious about the food served in their cafeterias and having a method or tool that augments that– such as an exercise cycle underneath students’ desks– only serves to further that goal.

Best of all is that kids by nature are (hyper-) active. And when in class, these kids sit most if not all of the time and while the upper part of the body may be moving (writing, etc.), the lower extremities is normally slack.

With the bike desk, this hits multiple birds with a single stone because not only is this healthier for kids, it also enables them to move their lower extremities, in an activity that provides for a great cardio routine, while at the same time keeping them busy.

Except only for the cost of getting multiple units, it’s a wholly win-win for all involved. Students report having fun, experts talk about how a great cardio or time using the desk cycles also help augment cognitive abilities in students, and overall teachers note not just the health benefits to students but an improvement overall in behavior, perhaps due to activity and attention being focused on the fun activity of biking below the desk.

 

DIY Bicycle Desk

The really nice thing about bicycle desks is because, unlike a lot of other exercise machines, you have real options to either buy high-priced models all the way to bare-bones and really cheap units. What’s more, you don’t even really have to shell out much cash if you have some parts available in  your home, or are feeling like having some fun and assembling and creating your own DIY bicycle desk yourself.

Standing Tables Don’t Work

standing desk

Standing desks were supposed to be a lifesaver. Over the years, pundits, the media and supposed experts everywhere were dumping it on how sitting down, especially over long periods and in recurring fashion such as at work, is very bad for you to the point of killing you. The world was up in arms touting … Read moreStanding Tables Don’t Work

The Bike Desk Will Save Your Life

Under Desk Bike

While it may seem like a wacko claim that an exercise machine will save your life (technically, all of them do), the bicycle desk, with its inherent and unique nature of folding the gym into your regular schedule without losing time, is one of those rare not-celebrated marvels of fitness technology that is unlike most … Read moreThe Bike Desk Will Save Your Life

Top 10 Ways Sitting Will Kill You

Sitting at Work

Face it, that last Netflix marathon made you feel intuitively guilty. Sitting too long watching the tube can give you pangs of guilt along with the joys of the show you’re watching. It’s like the guilt-reward trip you get when eating that bar of chocolate or ice cream tub. But it gets worse, because your … Read moreTop 10 Ways Sitting Will Kill You

Welcome to Bikes for Fitness

Marcy Cardio Mini-Cycle Exercise Bike

Staying Healthy While Sitting All Day Humans are an active, mobile species. Staying in place makes us wither. We aren’t meant to stay put, but made to move. Research and (inconclusive) authority sites have time and again shown that staying stationary is bad for your health.Yet humans just love to sit. Whether slouching in the … Read moreWelcome to Bikes for Fitness