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Bicycle Desks – Better Health … and Better Work?
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Bicycle Desks – Better Health … and Better Work?

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


We have all heard “Sitting is the new smoking,” but what can you do if you have a desk job? 

Multiple studies in recent years are lending merit to the health and work benefits of having a bicycle desk or a portable under the desk cycle pedals.  

A University of Massachusetts Amherst study showed that overweight workers who pedaled easily during work for two hours could lower insulin levels. The same study also reported typing speed and accuracy, reading comprehension and concentration improved while pedaling.  

A study on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found that cycling at an easy level while at a desk did not impair typing performance or short-term memory. The study also found cycling increased speed for certain tasks. A third of the participants said cycling while working increased their motivation. 

Another study on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that desk job workers who pedaled while at work said it improved their concentration. 

Although the studies tend to involve small groups and short periods of time, they all conclude that movement throughout the day provides numerous benefits. It’s also better to move continuously throughout the day than sit for eight hours or more and then grind through a workout.  

If you’re considering purchasing a bicycle desk, consider the options as prices vary, and some work better with certain desks. You should also always consult with your doctor before starting a new workout.  


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