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The FitDesk Keeps Legs Moving

Updated on November 19, 2010

How many hours a day do you spend sitting in front of a computer or television screen, thinking that you should be getting more exercise? A fairly portable stationary bike called the FitDesk may be the solution you've been seeking. This contraption allows a person to burn some extra calories while undertaking many of the sedentary activities that can fill up the day. Designed like many exercise bicycles, this machine also includes a padded desk area that can easily accommodate a laptop, book, or gaming controller. The canvas covering offers pockets on the sides for storing such items as keys, a cell phone, or a water bottle. It's a handy tool to add to one's arsenal of time-saving and personal fitness routines.

Workout While Sitting

The major benefit of this combination desk and bike is the ability to get in a workout while engaging in what are commonly thought of as sedentary pursuits. One can catch up on e-mail and a social networking, and perhaps feel a little less guilty about all the time we spend chatting and keeping up with friends. For people who work at home on the computer, it's a nice way to accomplish more in less time. This machine can also help people with sedentary jobs at home avoid the extra weight gain that sometimes accompanies such work. For people whose major forms of recreation include watching television or playing video games, the FitDesk can allow for the person working the controls to get the blood flowing in solidarity with the on-screen characters.

Easy to Move and Store

Another nice feature of the desk is the small footprint. Working from a scissor design, the bike is somewhat collapsible and folds up enough to store in a closet or under a bed when not in use. It is also lighter in weight then many exercise bikes or other fitness equipment, weighing in at about 35 pounds including the desk feature. According to the manufacturer, the desk can be removed and regular handlebars installed quite easily. One would need to purchase regular handlebars separately, however. Even though this bike can be folded and hidden away, it doesn't take up as much space as many recumbent bikes. It is also attractive enough to remain assembled and stationed in the exercise room or in front of the television or computer monitor if one’s home layout will accommodate it full-time.

Here's a Video Demonstration of the FitDesk Bike

Built for Comfort

The makers of the FitDesk appear to have put a lot of thought into comfort, which will help anyone who hopes to engage in lengthy rides. The desk portion itself is made from a firm foam material designed for resting one's elbows. Leaning slightly forward in this way allows for some pressure to be transferred from the lower back to the upper body, while still maintaining a good posture for extended exercise. Some reviewers have noted that the seat that comes with the bike is rather hard and narrow, which could cause discomfort after a long biking session. The folks at FitDesk also sell a wider, more padded seat that might alleviate any trouble for sensitive backsides.

Get Exercise and Complete the To-Do List

For many people, a formal exercise regimen may be difficult to schedule into a busy day. Heading out to a gym, changing into workout clothes, and struggling through boring repetitions are not everyone’s favorite pastimes. Motion-controlled games like the Wii and Kinect generally call for focused attention on the game itself, so they don’t lend themselves to working with spreadsheets. The FitDesk might help bridge the divide between our desire to get work done on the computer or to be entertained and our need to stay healthy. Certainly, keeping the body in motion during times we have been previously sedentary can add even a little bit of physical activity to our lives.

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      StarCreate 

      7 years ago from Spain

      I so need this!

    • Deborah Donados profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Donados 

      7 years ago from Portland

      Yes! I have to admit that it does take some practice -- like walking and chewing gum, I suppose.

    • raywoltman profile image

      raywoltman 

      7 years ago

      This is brilliant if you can actually type while pedaling

    • Pinkmaddy profile image

      Pinkmaddy 

      7 years ago

      I could certainly use one of these!

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      Wow! It is a wonderful product. Very useful for people who spend lot of time in front of laptop or computer. Thanks for the fantastic hub.

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      Beth 

      8 years ago

      I have been thinking about buying something like this as a personal Christmas present. THanks for the great Hub!

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