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Work or Working out?

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Sometimes I loathe the fact that I sit at the computer for hours on end, but like everyone else, I have to work to pay the bills!

On a good day, I try the old stand-by’s, walking up and down the staircase a few extra times, jumping jacks when I stop to refill my coffee mug- which is actually a lot considering that I often drink as many as TWO POTS of coffee per day, or if I have to run to the store, bank or other errands, I make it a point to park the furthest away that I can and walk the extra distance. After all, I worked my heiney off dropping a hundred pounds and I have no desire to gain that back, EVER.

However, while I’m working my desk job, I have a tendency to say to myself, I just need 10 more minutes.. and 2 hours later, I’m still sitting in one spot, legs cramped, back and neck throbbing, knowing that I needed to make time for my workout but too busy trying to get a string of code to work properly, or editing a new article or video.

Work or Working out?

That is until I discovered the FitDesk. It’s work and a workout, combined.

I first discovered this interesting idea through my oldest son’s college Facebook page, they actually added a couple of these to the library at the university to give students the opportunity to stay fit while studying.


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I immediately fell in love with the idea that I could comfortably continue working while staying fit, so I started googling them… and then I bit the bullet and bought one of these little marvels!

It took about 30 minutes to put it all together and I immediately jumped on, pedaling away while I worked. I was floored by how absolutely simple it is to burn a large number of calories in a relatively short period of time.

Normally I spend about four hours in the morning adding new articles and responding to forums and posts. I figure if I can ride while I work, I’ll be ahead of the game and any other workout I manage to fit in during the day is just a bonus.

This morning alone, In just an hours time I’ve already biked 16 miles and burned well over 400 calories. I’ll hit 1,000 calories burned and all before lunch, just by moving a little bit while I work. The bike is 100% silent. If this was in a cubicle at work, NO ONE would hear it.


The best part- I no longer feel guilty when my computer work runs a bit longer in the mornings than I anticipated.

**UPDATE** – It’s been a little over a year since I first purchased my FitDesk and as you can see from the photograph above, I’ve logged close to 6,000 miles on it so far. The bike is STILL silent and *knock on wood* I haven’t had any issues with it at all!

But.. How do I look you ask? Well, folks, I’m in my 40’s and this is me:


What ways do you sneak in extra workouts during your day? If you’d like to give the FitDesk a try, you can get one here.

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