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Uplift Bike Desk or Uplift Treadmill Desk? Which is the Right Choice?

by Mitch M on May 25, 2012

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Let’s say you’re in the preliminary stages of researching active workstations. How do you decide whether to get the Uplift Bike Desk or the Uplift Treadmill Desk? Either is a viable solution for the same common problem: Technology induced inactivity in the workplace. Either will get you up and moving, which is a good thing. The question is: What kind of workout are you looking for?

Bikes provide a low impact, highly sustainable workout that’s easy to maintain throughout the day. We recommend the bikes to people with autoimmune disorders, joint problems or inflammation, as pedaling causes very little strain over the course of the day. Walking allows you to get up and move your whole body. It’s more of a total workout than the bike can provide.  If you’re able to keep up a walking pace over the course of a whole day, your gains can be significant.

Another factor to consider is what you spend most of your day doing. If you spend most of your day typing, you might prefer the Bike Desk, as it involves less movement and keeps you in typing alignment, whereas if you spend more of your day on the phone, you might prefer to do that while walking on the treadmill.

Let’s pretend you have decided you would rather get the Bike Desk. You’re almost there. You just have one more important decision: The Spin Bike or the Recumbent Bike? Again, this comes down to the type of workout you want. The Spin Bike puts you in an upright position and encourages shorter periods of maximum exertion, while the recumbent bike allows you to sit back and pedal at a more leisurely pace.

The most important thing is to spend less time sitting in your chair. A height adjustable desk, such as our Uplift 700, for example, will encourage you to just that, and in the process improve circulation, increase energy, and leave you feeling good at the end of the day. Adding a bike or a treadmill is a logical next step.

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Mitch was a neophyte to ergonomics two years ago, but he quickly graduated to “ergo expert” status. He enjoys keeping his monitor arms at eye level, his keyboard tray in his lap, and because he is tall, he tends to lean back in his chair while working. He specializes in keyboard trays and finding the solutions for his fellow tall folk. Outside of the office, he enjoys film, reading, writing and eating healthily most of the time, so he can gorge himself on enchiladas and hot wings some of the time. He attempts to live by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice that, “A foolish consistency is hobgoblin to little minds,” but not always, because that would also be foolishly consistent.

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