It can be frustrating when you are trying to have a healthy fit lifestyle, but have a job that requires long hours of sedentary time at the computer. To help fight this struggle, we have complied our top product picks that allow you to step, peddle, and flex those calories away -- all while still getting your job done!
The Gamercize PC stepper turns your workday into an exercise challenge by disabling your technology unless you are in motion. That’s right, the stepper is connected to you keyboard and mouse, so that they freeze if you are not moving. You can use the Gamercize while seated, or at a standing desk.
Sitting on an exercise ball will help tone your abs and back, but make sure your setup is considering ergonomics. Select the correct sized ball so that you are sitting with your legs at a 120 degree angle to the floor with your feet flat. The key is to use your muscles all day long while on the ball to keep you from slouching. If your core is not already strong, you may want to start off with half days of using the ball, so as not to injure your back. Livestrong has more great tips on using your ball correctly at your desk.
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I first saw a mini exercise bike in use when the coworker in the “cube” next to me bought one. He got a lot of weird looks at first for his enthusiasm of peddling all day long, but also we were all really curious to try it ourselves. One thing to note is that there are several companies that sell these mini desk bikes, and they vary in their level of adjustability for resistance and also the noise they produce. The model my co-worker uses does produce an obvious whooshing sound that attracts attention, but the Magne Trainer ER has many high ratings for it silent action.
If you have a bike and are looking to put it to work all day long, then you should consider the Kickstand Desk. “Rather than change careers and become couriers, we decided to solve the problem with furniture” says the folks that developed cool desk. The desktop is made from recycled map or glass and is easily adjustable to fit the height you need. The desk is on sliders so that it can be pushed out of the way when you need space to dismount your two-wheeler.
Keep your feet active with a Weeble footrest. This ergonomically shaped platform fitted with swivel casters, allows you to roll, tilt, spin it with your feet. Check out their youtube video to see it in action.
To really beat that lethargic feeling at work, the Walkstation from Steelcase elegantly combines a treadmill with a workstation. These units are pretty pricey (starting around $4200), but you may find that an office could share the Walkstation as a “drop zone” used by several employees. If you are wondering if walking on a treadmill would still allow you to preform your daily work tasks, check out the results of this study which proved that participant’s performance did not drop, but did take a bit of getting used to.