Wild Workout Wednesday: 5 Ways to Stay Active at Your Desk
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I exercise, a lot. I make a priority to run long distance, lift heavy things and squat a sandbag like nobodies business. Most people wouldn’t call me lazy.
But guess what? I am. Do you know what I do when I’m not working out? Sitting on my butt blogging. While I do try to stand as much as possible, I often find myself taking a seat without even realizing it and I sit there for longer than I care to admit which put me at risk for “sitting disease”.
Sitting Disease, otherwise known as Sedentary Death Syndrome (SeDS) is caused by long stretches of inactivity which can eventually lead to death. This means that if you’re stuck behind a desk, you’re at a higher risk of SeDS.
Fortunately, there are ways to stay active and prevent Sedentary Death Syndrome even when you have a desk job.
1. Stretch it out. Stretch your legs, arms, fingers and toes. Get up and even do some squats or lunges. Heck, pump out some pushups if you have room! Here is a great list of 29 Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk from LifeHack.org.
2. Exercise during lunch. Eating lunch at your desk is one of the worst things you can do no matter how tempting it might be to crank out the project you’re working on. Give the keyboard, mouse and monitor a break. Get outside, breathe in some fresh air and go for a walk or a quick runch (run during lunch). Bad weather? Utilize the stairs or take some laps around the office.
3. Take a break. Every 30 minutes to an hour or so get up and take a break. Since I work from home this is what I do most often. I’ll shut down the comp and go get some stuff done. It’s a great time to fit in laundry, dishes or eve a quick vacuum. I get off my butt; the house gets clean. Win-win.
4. Walk. Park further away and walk. Don’t email the memo, walk it over. Don’t order your lunch in, walk to it. Avoid the elevator and walk up the stairs. Just find a way to fit walking in.
5. DeskCycle. Yeah, that’s right I said DeskCycle. Make the most of your time in a chair with the DeskCycle, a safe and easy way to exercise at your desk.
According to DeskCycle, pedaling at only 1 revolution per second, at a resistance level 3 raises your energy expenditure by 100% which is 70% more than standing at your desk and 94% more than sitting on an exercise ball at your desk.
The DeskCycle has a variety of features including:
- 8 resistance levels
- Bidirectional pedals- can go both in forward and reverse directions
- Low pedal height- 10″ lowest of all pedal exercisers
- Smooth and quiet – easy to use and quiet enough that it wont bother co workers
- Large velcro pedals
- 5 function display- displays time, speed, distance, calories and span.
- Maintenance free use
Over the course of the last month I have been testing this out while blogging, that is, of course, when my kids weren’t hogging it.
I was actually surprised how easy it was to put together (I did it all by myself with the tools included) and how much of exercise I could actually get in all while sitting down!
I actually had my Mio FUSE heart rate monitor on and tested it out just to see if my heart rate would increase at all while peddling. After less than 5 minutes at a 6 resistance my heart rate went up to 141 BPM…not bad for sitting down and peddling while I work! Phew!
I could also see how hard I was working by checking out the display.
I had to slow down a little bit to take a photo while peddling (safety first) but you get the general idea. Ps. I also hadn’t cleared the time since I had last used it.
I also like the way that it fit under the desk, definitely not in the way. I even brought it downstairs to use while watching TV since the DeskCycle can be used with a seat at any height.
When the seat is taller it engages your quads and when the chair is lower it will engage your hamstring and glutes more.
The DeskCycle really is a great option for those who don’t have the luxury of moving around or getting out and about while at work.
The DeskCycle sells for $159.00 (affiliate link) with a 30 day, money back guarantee.
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