As we all end up with busier and busier lives – more pressure at work and less time at home but more to fit in with various activities that have to be done there is even less time for exercise.
This goes against what we are told we should be doing when it comes to exercise.
We need more activity and exercise in our lives to stay fit and healthy. To stop the onset of middle age spread and all the diseases associated with that – including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes and so on.
Most of what we do now involves sitting down in a chair – driving a car, sitting at a desk or sitting in front of a screen of some sort. None help with our fitness. Work for most now is a sedentary involving tapping stuff into a computer.
With a busy schedule the expectation is that you somehow make time for exercise. Something has to give. And it often means good intentions and resolutions go by the way especially when the pressure goes on – there is only 24 hours a day after all – some of that is required for sleeping too.
I think most people now know that exercise is important but it does seem to be one of the easiest things to cut out of a busy schedule – it’s seen as something that isn’t a must do and anyway it can seem unpleasant until its over – then it can be something you’re glad you’ve done.
The benefits of it are hard to see from day to day and so are the problems that build up over time.
But there are things you can do and equipment that can help with adding exercise. Instead of taking the elevator you can walk up the stairs, you can do squats and lunges while you wait for the coffee to brew or when making dinner, going for a walk at lunchtime and so on.
You’re not supposed to sit down for longer than an hour at a time so you also should have an alarm or timer to remind you to have a stretch and a walk around.
There is even more alarming reports about how bad sitting can be to your blood vessels and cardiovascular system so you can’t handle stress as well and you are more prone to being sick. The effects of all this sitting can’t be offset by an hour at the gym.
And this is one of the ways you can add exercise to your life without having to cram it in to your busy schedule that is already bursting at the seams.
The time many of us sit is when we are working which now involves being tied to a computer screen of some sort.
Making the most of that time is where a folding exercise bike with a desktop can be a real time saver and get you back on track with your exercise.
The FitDesk FDX 2.0 is the most popular of these bikes. You can get light to moderate exercise by pedaling away while you work on your laptop or talk on your phone. It’s quiet so won’t disturb others in an office environment and people on the other end won’t hear you.
It comes with a good size desktop that fits a laptop (the desktop can be expanded). The bike is adjustable so it can be fit properly for your size (between 4ft 10 ins and 6 ft 4 ins). You get a full range of motion so that you get the best cycling type exercise.
It’s a comfortable riding motion that you go at the pace you want.
A study found that this combination of biking type exercise and work helped improve fitness as well as concentration levels increasing productivity. http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797%2815%2900332-3/abstract.
It is compact so can fit just about any size room or area. When you’ve finished with it folds up to about half its size so it can be stored out of the way.
As well as being good at work, although your co-workers may look at you strangely but a small price to pay, you can use it while you’re watching TV or video gaming or reading a book or surfing the net.
Not only does it help you add more exercise into your life without costing you time, the exercise can according to the research mean you get more out of your time by being more productive, have more energy, be less stressed and less illness too.
Great idea! I could use a FitDesk.
Now there’s a cool idea, I don’t have an excuse anymore do I? I could definitely use one of these to work out and get some actual work done at the same time.