Merging The Gym & Workplace

Merging The Gym & Workplace Sitting at a desk for 7 or 8 hours a day is a lot like sitting on the couch watching TV all weekend. In fact, if you subtract the walking it took to reach your office, it's pretty much exactly the same. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine considers the exercise impact and workplace feasibility of portable peddle machines that fit easily under a desk and don't make noise that might disturb co-workers.

Study participants in their late 30s and early 40s spent at least 75% of the work day sitting. On average, they used peddle machines 12 out of 20 work days for an average of 23 minutes a day. The furthest distance covered was 13.5 miles and that worker burned more than 500 calories.

True Strength Moment: Researchers who conducted this study determined that 23 minutes of peddling a day could improve fitness and health as long as a certain level of intensity was maintained. Most subjects rated the machines easy to use and convenient on bad weather days, and that doesn't say much about their commitment to getting into shape. True Strength isn't easy to achieve and often involves inconveniences that are well worth the sacrifice in the long run.
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