We’ve written before here on the Goldtouch blog about the benefits of standing desks and treadmill desks. It was only a matter of time before we’d add a bike desk to the list. And why wouldn’t we? Bikes desks offer the best of all worlds, allowing you to sit while also shaking your muscles out of their normal repetitive routines, pumping blood to your brain, making your heart work a little harder and speeding up your metabolism. What’s not to like?
What is a Bike Desk?
For the uninitiated, a bike desk is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a desk with a built-in stationary bike instead of a chair. Alternatively, there are independent compact bikes available to buy separately from your desk that can be easily slid under your table when not in use.
Why Talk About Bike Desks Right Now?
You can thank an interesting new study at the University of Utah, published in the July issue of Applied Ergonomics. In this study, men of normal weight age 24 to 40 spent just 10 minutes transcribing the Gettysburg address while typing. The researchers found that over 2 sessions, the average subject burned 255 calories per hour. Typing error rates were comparable between the pedaling group and the control group (although, if you give a bike desk a try yourself, your error rate should drop even further when typing an ergonomic keyboard, which will keep you much more comfortable). The exertion level was relatively low, and yet heart rate and oxygen rate were substantially higher than that of the control group.
What A Bike Desk Can Do For You
Hopping on a bike desk means you’ll be happier, more energetic and more productive as a greater amount of blood pumps to your brain. (Think about it. How often have you dozed off mid-exercise versus when your were sitting still at a desk?). What’s more, you may also lower your risks of developing a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. We highly recommend reading this summary from the Wall Street Journal, Take Your Bike to Your Desk to Improve Health, for a deeper look at this fascinating study, as well as the potential results you could see.
Have you ever taken a bike desk out for a spin around the office? Let us know all about your two-wheeled experiences in the comments below!