Treadmill desks are about to look so lame. NextDesk has just launched the Velo which is essentially a seat that allows you to bike while you work the day away. With just the touch of a button you can simply raise or lower your powered standing desk to a sitting, cycling, or standing height, and switch to a chair as needed. This will make that boring conference call oh so much better.
“Our bodies thrive on changing positions,” Dan Lee, director at NextDesk, told Fast Company. “Our pilot studies indicate that the average user will spend 45 minutes to an hour per day on the bike, about two hours standing, and the remainder sitting,” says Lee. Light cycling burns roughly three times as many calories an hour as just standing so take that standing desks.
Plus sitting all day is really bad for you and studies are showing that working out through the day is super beneficial. Lucas Carr, assistant professor of health and human physiology and member of the Obesity Research and Education Initiative at the UI, discovered that people who were previously sedentary all day were moving significantly more when they had portable pedaling devices under the desk. He also found that workers who pedaled more were more likely to report weight loss, improved concentration while at work, and fewer sick days than co-workers who pedaled less. Yes, exercising after a long day helps, but then that cuts into family and free time. Exercising while you work, even if it feels more minimal, gives you more time.
Plus there is an included USB data port which will save all your pedal revolutions, distance, calories, and duration data that will upload to your account when you’re finished with your workout and want to show all your friends what you did at work that day besides work.