Desk workouts allow you to lose weight while you work. Usually, this is accomplished by using a notebook computer while walking on a treadmill, exercising on a stationary bike or using an elliptical machine. Specialty treadmilldesks have been developed to fit certain exercise equipment, but they can be pricey: around $2000.00. Read on for a much more affordable solution.
The principle behind the work desk is that sitting while working makes you sedentary, whereas walking while you're working dramatically changes this dynamic. Just standing burns 20 calories more per hour than sitting. Walking at about 1 mph (which is a nice, leisurely pace) burns 100-130 calories per hour and 40-50 pounds per year. Better still, walking while you're working invigorates you, sharpens your mind, cleans the lymph system and leaves you feeling refreshed instead of tired at the end of the day.
First popularized in a Good Morning America segment about Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, desk workouts help you work better and smarter because the simple act of moving makes you more aware. If you substitute 6-8 hours of sitting at a desk with 6-8 hours of walking on a treadmill or pedaling slowly on an exercise bike, you'll lose all that weight accumulate from years of being sedentary at a desk job. Some people in his study have lost almost 60 pounds in one year without making any changes to their diets.
Here's what you can do with a workout desk:
Our bodies are designed for motion and a treadmill desk makes this possible. Unfortunately, they come at a premium. The cost for most of these desks as mentioned before is about $2000.
Wanting to find a more affordable solution, I did some research and found the perfect laptop holder which costs less than $40, attaches easily to 99% of the exercise equipment out there (including treadmills, exercise bikes, recumbent bikes, stair climbers and elliptical trainers), is made of the same material as bullet proof glass and supports a 17 inch notebook computer up to 50 pounds.
Purchase of the treadmill desk comes with a membership to In-Gym which is an online video service that allows you to watch videos on different topics as you walkt. You can access CNN, National Geographical, Discovery Channel, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and more simply by using the arrow keys on your computer. Other categories include Sports, Entertainment, Music, Life & Health, Online TV and Teen Stuff.
If you'd like to lose up to 50 pounds this year while getting your work done and energize yourself in the process (instead of spending another year being sedentary at your computer and possibly gaining even more weight), try doing desk workouts.
Watch my quick video about how easy it is to install and use the Surf Shelf:
Try it for 30 days and see what happens. The investment is minimal and
if you're like me, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how great you feel
(not to mention all the benefits of weight loss) and will never want to
go back to your sedentary desk job again.
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