Now, pedal at your desk to combat ill effects of that sedentary job

February 15th, 2011 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb 15 (ANI): A mini exercise bike that can be used while working at a desk or workstation could help combat ill effects of sedentary jobs, according to a new study.

The device includes a set of pedals that can be set up in front of most office standard office chairs and used while a person is seated.

Researchers reached at their findings after giving 18 full time employees pedal exercise machines for four weeks.

The study participants were mostly female, overweight and 40 years old, on average. They spent at least 75 percent of their workday sitting at a desk or workstation.

They were wired up to an exercise-tracking device via their computers, which monitored their activity and provided real time feedback on pedal speed, distance covered, and how many calories they burned.

On average, the participants used the pedal machines on 12 of 20 workdays and for an average of 23 minutes each of those days.

The distance pedalled each day by them ranged from a third of a mile to nearly 13.5 miles, and they burned from nine to more than 500 calories a day.

At the end of the four weeks, the participants said they found the machine easy to use and would use such a device regularly at work if they were offered one by their employer.

They also said their productivity and quality of work was not affected when they used the machine.

The researchers said that by doing just 23 minutes of pedalling a day on a regular basis could improve a person’s health.

The study is published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (ANI)

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