Peddle while you work

under-desk-bikeOver the past few years there have been a number of interesting new ideas for combating excessive sitting at work. One of the more innovative ideas to emerge is taking the concept of an exercise bike and marrying it up with a height adjustable desk.

The result is the standing desk bike. And it’s awesome.

So, what is this idea all about?

Keeping active while you work

Lifespan, well known for its office treadmill products, has now designed an exercise bike specifically for use with a sit stand desk.

The main difference between this bike and the sort of models you find in gyms and health clubs is it doesn’t have handlebars as they would get in the way. And of course you have your desktop to support you.

Once positioned on the bike at a height adjustable desk your body is placed in a far healthier open position than the scrunched up angle associated with sitting in an office chair. It’s stable in use thanks to the self-balancing adjustable strap pedals.

And while the idea is to pedal to keep fit, you simply stop for a rest when you’re ready.

How does it work in practice?

The bike is both portable and sturdy. To move it into position it has a pair of rollers at the rear and tilting it upwards engages them for easy movement. Once lowered the front feet keep it solidly in place.

From there it has a huge range of adjustment positions allowing the seat to be set anywhere between 5 feet and 6 feet 8 inches to suit individual users. It makes the perfect partner for an adjustable height desk and a model such as our AD129 would work best due to its height adjustability range.

There’s no need to worry about finding it hard going as it has some 16 resistance levels making it easy to match it up with your level of fitness. It will comfortably support users up to a weight of 400 lbs.

It even lets you know how you’re progressing.

Using the desktop console

The desk cycle comes with an electronic console which gives users a wealth of information. It lets you know what resistance level you are working at, so as you progress you can alter it to suit your needs. It keeps a record of the time you’ve used it for as well as the number of calories you’ve burned. Lastly, it even shows how far you’ve traveled which is very motivational.

Finding more information about the desk bike

Here’s where you can find information about the LifeSpan desk cycle and the AD129 desk we recommend to use with it.