13 Jun Wellness Wednesday-FitDesk Working Bike Desk
Wellness Wednesday – Working Bike Desk
Several years ago I read an article about the dangers of sitting all day. You can find many studies if you do a simple google search about the harmful effects of sitting.
The one that caught my attention the most was this one.
They compared sitting to being the new smoking! ?
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death,” says James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, in an interview with the LA Times. “The chair is out to kill us.”
I’ve talked about my families health issues on the blog before but not my husband’s side. His family has a history of diabetes, thyroid issues, and his father died from a brain tumor at the age of 66. (A story to share another day)
Needless to say, we have to be somewhat health conscious at our house to keep our genetics in check!
Since my husband works from home on a computer all day, we were in desperate need of something to keep him moving throughout the day, so we started searching for a solution.
Worried about his health I dove in and did some research online for different types of fitness equipment that also include a desk of some sort. There are several different options available out there.
Like this walking desk treadmill found here on Amazon
We liked this idea but thought it would be too bumpy for the type of work that he does. Brandon is an art director and would need a steady work space for his time on the computer. We already own a treadmill and didn’t need another one, although this one is different, these still take up substantial room.
We also looked into these sitting versions of exercise equipment where he would be able to move his legs while working but in his case, still a little too bumpy for the type of work he does.
Finally we found the solution to what we had been looking for.
This bike by FitDesk.
You’re able to set your computer, tablet, or even a book on the platform and bike at your leisure. When you need a break, or have a phone-call that you need to pause for, you can stop and start again when you’re ready.
One of my favorite things about this desk has to be the built in wrist and arm supports that keep your wrists at the right angle while using your computer. Helping to prevent carpal tunnel pain and prevent damage to your wrists.
The seat is adjustable and you can choose from several different levels of difficulty.
I often use the desk while I am working on the computer. You would be amazed at how far you can bike while you’re working and your mind is occupied.
I don’t think this desk is for someone who is training for bike riding by any means but more of a supportive solution and alternative to sitting all day at a desk.
It’s been a great addition to our home to keep our bodies moving while we have to be on the computer for hours during the day.
Even our kids use this bike regularly. At times when some of our kids have had too much screen time or the weather is bad and they haven’t been able to go outside to play, we have exchanged screen time for bike time. Meaning you can be on your screen if you’re moving on the bike at the same time.
I have a love hate relationship with screens but good or bad, at least they are getting some exercise while using their different devices.
On another note, I love having a room in our home dedicated to working out. The kids have grown up watching Brandon and I exercise and I love that they realize it’s something they know needs to become a habit and part of their lifestyle to stay healthy.
And who wouldn’t love to work out while looking at this view!
We don’t focus on weight but rather movement in our house and we don’t ever cut out any food group all together, instead I teach moderation.
For our family, for most things, moderation seems to be key. Being too strict one way or the other doesn’t allow for the eb and flow of life. I often tell my kids, that so much of what we do is about progress not perfection.
If you expect yourself to be perfect, you will fail, we are human. However, if you practice moderation, long term goals and where you want to end up at the end, the little bumps along the way aren’t so devastating.
I haven’t always been so great about moderation but luckily learned early along in life that what I do will be mimicked by my children. What I want for them is happiness, health and a positive outlook. Much of this can be achieved by constant, consistent, stepping in the right direction. When we are too strict, we loose sight of the goal and giving up when we make a mistake.
So, another thing I try to teach is, start again tomorrow.
So you made a mistake today with your diet, life or relationship, you can start over tomorrow. Don’t throw in the towel and leave all your work and progress behind.
As my husband always says…
It will all be ok someday when it is!
Have a wonderful #WellnessWednesday