When it comes to outfitting your office space with pedal exercisers there are a few different styles to choose from.
The main considerations for choosing the right office pedaller for you are:
Choosing the Right Office Pedaller
There are three main decisions to make when choosing the right pedaller for the office.
1. How much space do you have in your office?
2. Do you want to pedal while you work or when you take your “office fitness break”?
3. Will you be sharing the office desk bike with your co-workers?
How much space is needed for an office pedal exerciser?
The space you need will depend on if you want a pedaller for under the desk OR a pedaller that is also a desk.
The desk cycle workstations will usually fold up so you can set them aside when not in use. There are some that the table top will come off and you can use them as a cardio stationary bike too.
Even if they do fold up they will require a bit of space.
Alternatively there are the under the desk cycles that are out of the way. You can pedal while you work or let your feet rest in the pedals and just spin intermittently.
Choosing any type of exercise equipment for the office you will want to ensure the noise won’t bother your coworkers. Choosing a quiet machine to pedal is very possible.
Another type of under desk pedaller is made specifically for the standing desk or tall counter. These desk pedallers have a seat but no attached desk. They have an adjustable height and when set up for comfort with a adjustable height desk you can stand, or sit and pedal, without having to fiddle with either.
How to decide if you want to pedal while you work
Often people are hesitant to buy a desk cycle for work because they are concerned it may be noisey, they might breath too hard, or they might sweat.
The good news is you don’t have to workout hard enough to sweat or change your breathing. The better news is you can if you want to!
Pedalling at your desk will not cause you to sweat or breath hard any more than an easy stroll. Most office exercise equipment have lower settings so you can get a light workout. The benefit to this is you are still working the muscles and pumping oxygen rich blood to your legs. Otherwise the legs are imobile and the chance of sitting disease can increase.
Alternatively, if you choose to, you can turn up the resistance on your desk bike and really get a good cardio workout. This will cause you to sweat, breathe hard, and burn a bunch of calories too. Just like going to the gym!
Another complication from trying to pedal while you work is coordination. The majority of people have no problem catching on how to type, write, or talk while pedalling. Those who do have difficulty usually adapt within a few days. For those who do find it difficult will start by pedalling intermittently or pedal while reading, surfing, or watching.
The most troublesome coordination issue are people who tend to sway their upper body while pedalling. This takes a few days of training yourself to just use your legs and resisting the urge to use upper body momentum. Focus on sitting upright and push the pedals down with the thigh muscles. Start on the lowest setting until you get the hang of it. Usually most coordination issues using the desk pedaller are resolved within a few days.
Sharing your desk pedaller with the office staff
If you buy a pedaller for the office and people will be sharing it throughout the day, you might be voiding the warranty.
Most of the economically priced pedallers are for individual use. If shared it is considered “commercial” and unless specified, it isn’t covered in the warranty.
If you will be sharing a non-commercial pedaller be sure to maintain it. Remember, it isn’t under warranty anymore so you want to keep it in good condition. Check that the pedals are remaining tight and check the nuts and bolts are secure.
Multi-user and moving the pedallers around the office can put added strain onto the machine.