The BBC reports:
Portable pedal machines could be used in every office to improve the health of workers, according to scientists in the US.
Charity Weight Concern said improving the health of workers would also benefit employers' bottom lines.
Now researchers at East Carolina University are investigating mini exercise bikes, which can be used while sat at a desk.
The researchers said: "Portable pedal machines may serve as a tool to reduce sedentary times in the work environment without necessarily influencing the sitting time necessary for performing computer-related tasks."
Meanwhile, the Chief Scientist at the Cycalogical Institute for the Bleedin' Obvious reported that:
"Pedal machines could be used to improve the health of workers, and can be used while travelling to their desk in the morning! They can be used as a tool to reduce sedentary time, without influencing the sitting time necessary for performing computer-related tasks."
Maybe researchers at East Carolina University should get out more...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Pedal While You Work?
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There's actually some good benefits to doing exercises to work even if you cycle in; I have a little balance board in my office to do some exercises during slow build/test runs. But it's not a substitute to aerobic exercise, and exercise bikes by computers inherently won't have people in the high cardio zones because the average worker can't stay with a heart rate above 120 for six hours without dying.ReplyDelete
Sometimes you just have to rub your eyes in wonder. I know it's too early for an April Fool, but honestly, talking about missing the elephant in the room!ReplyDelete
"The authors note that the novelty factor of having an exercise bike did wear off so additional motivation would be needed to keep employees using them."
Yeah, funnily enough, I know of another form of "bike" which is generally rather less boring than the static version. It involves steering, and negotiating your way through an environment. Much more fun. At the same time, it also helps with air quality, mitigates against congestion, and results in a quieter and more pleasant urban environment.
It's called "the bike".
Thanks for the article. It can be so difficult to get exercise in being so busy all of the time. I actually found something very interesting, they are mini exercise bikes that allow you to work and exercise, I think they are a great idea.ReplyDelete