Using a Smart under-the-desk bike is a low-effort way of getting some beneficial exercise that burns calories while we're sitting at our desks.
In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a
group of office workers were provided with an under the desk bike for a
period of 16 weeks.
Researchers noted significant improvements amongst participants given the cycles:
Best news of all for those wanting to lose weight, the under-desk cyclists burned an extra 107
calories each day, which adds up to more than 500 calories a week.
That's a pound extra lost in 7 weeks, which may not sound like much but is pretty good when you consider that you haven't had to give up a single chocolate or pint.
Of course you could pedal for longer than the average 50 minutes a day the study participants did if you wanted to bump up the weight loss.
Recruits were healthy, but physically inactive, overweight or obese adults working full-time in office
jobs that had them sitting for 75% or more of the working day.
The recruits were randomly split into 2 groups:
Outcomes were measured after 16 weeks.
Study participants who had the under the desk bikes, used them…
… and achieved these outcomes:
This can work for you too. That partly depends on what your goals are,
if it is weight loss you're looking for then spending more time pedalling
will increase your calorie burn, decrease your body fat, and help you lose more weight.
For heart health the total number of minutes spent pedalling, and the number of separate sessions, are important.
For the overall benefits of weight loss, fat loss, improved physical and mental health and performance at work the message is: do this and do it often.
Starting to use the Smart under-the-desk bike is easy and it just needs some persistence to accomplish the goals.
You need to set your goals, and the Ergonomyx App will help you achieve those goals.