Just think about it.
At least a few days a week you head to the gym after office hours to negate the detrimental effects of sitting all day long.
Or so you should.
Because sedentary sitting really hurts your wellbeing as studies show.
Now picture this.
It’s almost 5 p.m. You’re tired from work, fed up with your coworker, or frustrated about that looming deadline, but you go to the gym anyway. Because your health is important to you. And also because your workout makes you feel good.
(Of course it does, we’re meant to move, not slouch, sit sedentary behind a screen for the large part of the day.)
So you spend a large chunk of your scarce free time in the gym.
Let’s say your post-office work out lasts 90 minutes and you go three times a week. That’s 4,5 hours. Then you also run twice a week because you’re health-conscious and you know that you have to exercise this many hours to negate the sitting. A decent run costs you about an hour and then there’s the changing of clothes, the showering and so on. So let’s say that’s 2,5 hours Total time spent weekly to combat sitting sickness: 7 hours.
That’s almost a whole freakin’ work day!
Now imagine you could keep that time for yourself. Spend it like you want to. Go pick up your son from pre-school for instance. Work in your heirloom vegetable yard. Or just be lazy and lie in your hammock while enjoying the chirping of birds.
Just by skipping your post-work exercising and getting your crucial exercise while you are working.
It’s like your weekend just got one day longer.
That’s essentially the key benefit of an exercise bicycle desk.
But there’s more..
Another major advantage of a desk exercise bike: increased productivity.
Simply put, because your body is active your mind is too. It’s our evolutionary inheritance, when we were hunting and gathering we were focused, concentrating on dangers such as poisonous snakes and catching the prey itself. Back at the camp fire we sat down and our minds could rest too.
Wait what? there’s even more benefits..?!
Gamers and full-time, writers and bloggers can take advantage of these devices too. Basically anyone who spends hours daily behind a screen.
Relatively affordable compared to approximately $1,000 costing treadmill desks, these gadgets keep even the most budget-strapped nerds and geeks fit.
Also, treadmill desks make you bounce which does not help with typing and other desk work.
Whether you’re a Netflix binge watcher, a World of Warcraft addict (that’s a pleonasm), a writer with agoraphobia, or a lazy blogger, now you can pedal away from obesity and atrophy.
The top 4 best productivity-boosting, health-improving, time-saving exercise bike desks
1. Exerpeutic Workfit 1000: foldaway semi-recumbent bike desk
Do silent operation and compact storage top your list? This exercise bike desk station might be your best bet as it folds up for storage while its reclining ability lets you sit, stand, and lean back.
How about that while doing your web surfing, office chores, or Youtube watching? Like the others on this list, the Exerpeutic Workfit has an LCD display and a modest swiveling desk.
Work and workout or exercise and entertain yourself simultaneously while you stretch your back. So lean back, throw ya hands in da air, increase your mental alertness and work your body while getting shit done.
2. DeskCycle (floor model)
Portability makes this magnetic-based desk bike exerciser stand out. You can easily take it with you to the office, the home office, kitchen table or yard. Besides versatility the DeskCycle also has a really wide resistance range and, like the FitDesk, comes with a display to keep track of the time spent, mileage, and calories you’ve burned.
It lets you choose from 8 pedal settings that range from super light to ultra heavy. Its lowest setting lets you pedal at one rotation per second at which you’re already using more energy compared to when standing behind a desk.
3. FitDesk 2.0 (with massage bar)
The FitDesk 2.0 folding exercise bike features a non-slip surface sliding desk platform so you can use your tablet, laptop, or pen and paper while you’re indulging in a stimulating cardio session. This desk utilizes a magnetic flywheel to create silent resistance so you can work undisturbed. Or watch TV in peace and quiet.
Its forearm massage rollers offer support during typing and can thus help prevent RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome. Or just making typing when bicycling actually doable. The drawer allows for easy storage of pen and paper or the TV remote while cycling. Note: there’s currently a FitDesk 3.0 too.
4. Wirk Ride Bike: exercise workstation & standing desk
Another compact and robust bike desk that doubles as a standing desk. Its approximately 50 resistance settings let you choose virtually any pedaling tension. The desktop fits a 17 inch laptop easily. Some users noticed a sound during pedaling, otherwise it’s completely silent.
Wirk Ride lets you feel more alert, be more creative, fight depression, burn fat, tone muscles and feel better by staying active while watching a screen.
Treadmill desks are expensive and make you bounce while typing or watching your screen
What to consider when buying a exercise bike desk?
See if the specs match your body weight and height. If you’re 5’3″ the machine might be too high for you. You could feel uneasy as the seat can’t be lowered to match your height. These specs are often displayed like this: For riders 4’10” to 6′, up to 250 lbs.
Consider if storage is important to you. You might want to go for a foldaway exercise bicycle desk.
Size. Also find out what it’s exact footprint is so you know whether you will be able to put it in, for instance, the living room without having to rearrange furniture each time you’ll use it.
Noise. Pay extra attention to reviews if absolute silence is a must, for instance during conference calls or just because you need it to concentrate.
Wrapping it up
Overall, desktop space is limited on these machines. A laptop and a mouse are often easily fitted but mouse movement is restricted.
If this is essential to you make sure to consider a device that offers an additional mouse tray. The same goes for drinks and magazines/paperwork. As these may not be available, customers have hacked their machine by simply attaching a larger surface on top of the existing desktop.
What do you think? These make for some great treadmill desk alternatives huh?