Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DeskCycle for Your Sedentary Work Day

I work in my own office operating a pediatric based clinic.  I end up sitting until patients arrive and some days it is so slow that I have spent a huge portion of the day sitting. I wanted to start focusing my 2017 on losing some extra weight that I gained over the past year and half since selling my pole dancing and aerial fitness studio.  In January of this year, I decided I was going to get back on track with my physical fitness goals and return to a toned and in shape physique.  One of my friends on Facebook was also tired of her desk job curtailing her fitness efforts and posted about desk cycle chairs she was looking into buying to use while working.  After a little more extensive research on my part via Amazon.com, I came across the DeskCycle brand's Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser.  Browsing through the reviews, it was easy for me to decide that this machine was the answer to my sedentary work day. 

The DeskCycle is a small recumbent bike style pedaling machine that enables you to pedal like you're riding a bike while sitting at your desk doing the various computer or writing tasks of the typical desk jobs.  It is a low to the ground machine which makes it fit perfectly beneath various heights of desks and allows one to comfortably pedal without hitting knees.  I've also found it to be useful in gaining my 10,000 steps a day goal when I clip my Fitbit to my ankle, it counts steps in my fitness tracker.  You can also increase your cycling workout by adjusting the resistance setting to one of the 8 available settings.  For more details on this product, I've included the following product description via Amazon.com:

"Lowest pedal height available; Only 10 Inches; Can work with desks as low as 27 Inches; See description for details
More than twice the resistance range of the other pedal exercisers; 8 calibrated resistance settings; from very easy to more than you need
Magnetic resistance provides smooth, quiet pedal motion; let's you focus on your work and your co-workers focus on theirs
Same patented magnetic resistance mechanism and high quality components as the MagneTrainer
5 function display shows speed, time, distance calories and scan; Online calorie calculator on website for very accurate calories burned"

The product includes a monitor that can attach to the device or be placed on top of your desk for easy viewing. I really like this feature as I have placed my monitor on my desk and throughout the day I will pedal as I can and the monitor keeps track and adds on when I start pedaling so at the end of the day I have a complete total to enter into my work wellness program tracker and Fitbit app.  Overall, I am in love with my DeskCycle and look forward to using it for many years to come to stay in shape.

UPDATE: Since using the Desk Cycle for the last three months, I have noticed an increased endurance in my extracurricular workouts, particularly the intermediate to advanced yoga classes at my local YMCA. I feel more energized as a result and have also started to experiment with increasing the resistance while cycling. The facility where I operate my clinic has also put in an order for all their employees to have their own Desk Cycles to incorporate health consciousness throughout the work day. 

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