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A little fitness challenge

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  April 17, 2012 01:28 PM

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What I did: Week 8 of Couch to 5K program, Day 1 (38 minute run)
On my playlist: "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers

A friend of mine, who has a desk job like I do, told me she thought it would be impossible to get any work done while trying to sneak in extra exercise all day long.

She said she'd get too distracted with trying to concentrate on the exercise, rather than her day job.

"It's not that hard," I told her.

But she didn't believe me, saying I ran every morning and so that doesn't count for staying active during working hours.

So, I'm sharing another secret weapon I have at my desk to help keep me moving during the day.


Photo by Elizabeth Comeau

Check out this bad boy. It's a mini-bike. While I've got a different brand, this one is closest to mine.

For about $40, I have a battery-operated miniature bike underneath my desk. I can adjust the tension on the bike to make it harder or easier to pedal, and it will keep track of how long and how far I've "biked."

Here's my breakdown on this piece of equipment at my desk all day:

It's small. It's smaller than my footrest at my machine.
It's quiet (the air ventilation system above my head makes more noise than it does).
It's portable.
It's easy to adjust.

Have you ever tried pedaling a bike while sitting in a rolling computer chair? It's quite difficult.
A lot of desk adjustment is needed to make sure your knees don't bang the bottom of the desk while pedaling.

But, for $40 I think it is a unique way to stay active all day. Do you have any fitness equipment you use at work? Submit a comment or e-mail using the submit form at right. And, check out other workstations to keep you moving.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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