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A present to myself-deskcycle

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I bought myself a deskcycle as a belated birthday present to myself. I was hoping DH would buy it for me, but he has other ideas and I can't complain.

I have been looking at them for a while. It started as a search of things I can do at work. I keep hearing about how unhealthy sitting is and the sedentary lifestyle many of us lead. And I sit behind a desk all day. I do try to get up and walk around, but I needed to do more, aside from increasing my workouts (which I am working on!)

This is the official pic:

When I first set up in the kitchen (yes that is paint on the tile from DH painting, and he's still painting. sigh)

Set up under my desk

tracker on my desk


They said to start off at 30 minutes a day at level 1. this is week 2 I am doing this-yesterday was 40 mins at level 4. It's 40 minutes over the course of the day. Stop and start.
Level 4 seems to be where I'm at.

Its an adjustment, had to figure out how to set it up at my desk and am still working on that. Am also adjusting to pedaling and working at the same time. I'm doing it now, lol. It's still awkward.

It's virtually silent! My office-mate did not know I had it until I showed her a couple days later.

Am not expecting this to take place of exercise, just adding a little movement while I sit. Keep the circulation going. There will not be any huge calorie burns, they do have a calculator on there web site to figure it out.
40 minutes of pedaling=equals 153 calories for me yesterday.
Its goes by weight, height, time and speed.
Fitbit does not count as steps. I'm glad, I was hoping it would not.

I sent an email to Sparkpeople if it counted as fitness minutes (by they way-they answered quickly and were awesome) but they said it was up to me. If I think it will improve fitness then I should. That was the point, so for now I am going to count them That may change.

The pedaling time should build daily over time, and I will be able to up the tension. Someone else on spark has one, she is on level 8 and pedals all day. She loves it.
We'll see how it goes, hopefully a good tool for my journey to weight loss and health.

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  • IAMBIZI
    This is awesome! You should blog more often!
    bizi
    1656 days ago
  • LINDA!
    This will be great.
    1753 days ago
  • THENEWDARLENE
    I think that is a great present to buy for yourself! And I would definitely count those minutes as fitness minutes, too. I can't wait to hear more about how it goes over time.

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    1755 days ago
  • REMBRY
    wow that looks like the perfect desk companion .. my daughter sits on an exercise ball chair for core strength .. I should buy one just to see if she can remain upright and peddling .. I love working with my family it is a gift everyday .. we do have too much fun sometimes though ..
    DH fired us both twice in one day .. lol

    any thing you can do to move while having to sit is exercise .. I would count the minutes as cycling .. other than holding your hands on a handlebar everything else is the same ..
    good for you .. great energy created in your work space too !!
    Happy Wednesday
    D
    1755 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Very cool - thanks for sharing - enjoy!!
    1755 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    It is definitely a way to increase activity and burn calories. I am sure it will work those leg muscles too. You could wear a heart rate monitor and see if it gets your heart rate up. Then it would count as cardio!
    1756 days ago
  • LETSGOPLAY
    yay for you for getting it!!!
    What a great idea.
    1756 days ago
  • ROBYNROSE26
    That sounds like fun Irena!! Good for you! I also have a desk job and find it really hard to get in the steps during the day, which I know is much healthier than squeezing them in later. Keep us posted how you like it!!
    1756 days ago
  • BELLATRIX2015
    Thats a great way to add a bit more exercise where you previously couldn't, the more workouts the better!
    1756 days ago
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