This post about exercising while working is sponsored by DeskCycle. All opinions are 100% our own.
Both Dan and I work from home and are quite sedentary for most of the day due to this. We get out to the gym twice a week for weightlifting and Dan goes to kickboxing classes a couple times per week, but other than that and walking the dog, we are sitting at our computers or in front of the TV.
Under desk exercise cycle
As you can imagine, we have both put on weight since we started working at home. This lead Dan to research ways to exercise while you work. He compared various ideas and decided that an under desk cycle would be perfect for us. We could use it while working and while watching TV. Really, it could be done anytime we are sitting.
There are so many different under desk exercise bikes out there and they really range in prices and abilities. As you would probably expect, this is a situation where you get what you pay for. Some of the cheaper under desk cycles are too loud, too tall, or don’t have many levels of resistance. Dan found the one he thought would be best and we were lucky enough to be provided a DeskCycle from 3D Innovations to try out and share our experience with all of you.
Getting started with the DeskCycle
Once we received our DeskCycle, Dan got to work on putting it together. The instructions were only 2 pages and they provided the wrench needed for assembly. It only took him about 15 minutes to complete and we were ready to get started. He showed me how to adjust the tension and read the included 5-function display and I started pedaling.
Our DeskCycle reviews
The short review is that we both love it. Of course, you probably want more information than that, right? Here are the Pros & Cons we found after a week of using the DeskCycle.
- It is super quiet. For those of you who don’t work at home, this is really important. You don’t want to bother other people in your office with a loud exercise pedaler. For us, the fact that it is so quiet is great for when we use it while watching TV.
- There is a lot of variety. The DeskCycle has 8 different levels of tension. The following chart (from the DeskCycle website) shows how the levels compare to sitting, standing and walking on a treadmill.
- It is easy. I’ll be honest, I have been using the DeskCycle at level 1 while working and sometimes forget I’m using it. This may make you think that I’m not doing much, but if you look at the chart above, I am increasing my energy expenditure by 53% over just sitting while I work.
- It fits under our dining room table. Since the DeskCycle has a pedal height of only 10 inches (the lowest of all pedal exercisers), you don’t need much room. As the name suggests, it is meant to go under a desk, so it is short. If you find that it is still too tall and your knees hit the bottom of your desk, you can purchase a shorter front leg for the DeskCycle which lowers the pedal height by 1 inch.
- It is easy to move. It weighs 23 pounds, so it is relatively easy to move to a new location. This is helpful for us because we use it at different times in different locations in our house.
- It helps me be more productive. I find that my concentration is better when I’m using the DeskCycle, and I am getting more accomplished during that time. According to a study performed at the University of Bristol, people who exercise before or during work are happier, suffer less stress, and are more productive. Who doesn’t want that?
- The display doesn’t accurately calculate calories burned. This is kind of an obvious one since almost all exercise equipment gives a generic output of calories. In order to more accurately list calories burned, they would need to create a display that is much more expensive and then pass that cost on to us. Instead, they have a Calorie Calculator on their site where you can input the display info and your personal info to find out the calories burned along with a bunch of other information. Here is one I did recently (with embarrassing info obscured of course).
- We only have one. Dan gets up before me, so he uses it in the early morning and then I steal it away from him and use it most of the day. He then uses it again after dinner while watching TV. If we both had one, we could vary up the times a bit.
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Do you exercise while working? What do you do? Does the DeskCycle sound like it would work for you?