5 Gadgets to Help You Get Fit at Your Desk

by Tori Johnson on January 24, 2011

desk exercise chair

Forget about all those wussy leg circulation exercises and stretching breaks…

Did you know you can run, bike, stair climb and even pump iron (for real) without leaving your desk?

Neither did we, until we found the following five devices that will give you an honest-to-God workout right at your workstation:

desk treadmill

The gadget: Trek Desk and other “tresks” (treadmill desks)
Targets: Burning calories walking 1 km/h for 8 hours a day
Price: $400-$4,000+ US, depending on model and brand, $479 US for the latest Trek Desk
The lowdown: Featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, Forbes Magazine, and just about every other media outlet…Actually, if you haven’t heard about tresks yet, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadmill_Desk and come back once you’re done. While set-ups range from hundreds to more than a thousand dollars, users swear by them. And we were able to make one for $40, using a wood panel and foam canoe braces for the roof of your car. Much like a Segway, a terrifying initial adjustment period is followed by gleeful bliss. Suitable for home offices or companies willing to grant you the leeway to bring this puppy in.
Available at: http://www.trekdesk.com/

Springflex UB desk

The gadget: Springflex UB
Targets: Upper body, core
Price: $89.95 US
The lowdown: This AB-DOer-like apparatus attaches to the edge of your desk and allows you to do up to 120 upper-body exercises while you read emails, watch last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, and other useful work stuff. Shirt optional if you look like this guy, otherwise…mandatory.
Available at: http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=102593027

Gamercise PC Sport Under-desk-step-device

The gadget: Gamercize PC Sport under-desk-step-device
Targets: Lower body
Price: $185.99 US
The lowdown: The office version of a popular game console device can be programmed to turn your gaming system off when you stop stepping. The office version can remain separate from your PC, allowing you to do some serious step-aerobics under your desk. Unlike the first two devices, the PC Sport is covert enough to use in any office, no-questions-asked.
Available at: http://www.gamercize.net/pcsport.htm

Desk cycle

The gadget: Pedal Exerciser
Targets: Lower body
Price: $39.99 US
The lowdown: A vastly simplified version of the PC Sport (which makes a pedal version too, though for several hundred dollars more than the Pedal Exerciser.) Just throw this baby under your desk, adjust the tension knob, and start riding.
Available at: http://sitincomfort.com/pedlaexerciser.html

Desk exercise chair

The gadget: Gym Gym Workout Chair
Targets: Upper body, core, some lower body
Price: $599 US
The lowdown: More than just a desk chair someone tied latex tubing to, the Gym Gym uses patented resistance band technology that lets you do 16 quasi-Bowflex-style exercises, once again, without leaving your precious desk.
Available at: http://www.gymygym.com/

If you’re reading this blog, you likely have to work at a desk for your job. If there’s one common piece of information across the literature for all these devices, it’s that we spend WAY too much time sitting still and getting fat.

Failing the ability to dedicate hours a day to working out while on the job, the makers of these gadgets are using technology to benefit waistlines in even the most unforgiving office cultures.

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