With the widespread promotion of physical activity for good health, new breeds of exercise equipment are hitting the consumer market each and every day. Most of this equipment is specifically designed for performing low-to-high intensity levels of cardio exercise and resistance training either at a gym or at home. But, thanks to LifeSpan and their Workplace Solutions product line, there are now specialized forms of equipment specifically designed for regular use at work or in a home office. Here’s my full review of this product line.
The Products: Treadmill and Bike Desks
LifeSpan Workplace Solutions product line includes treadmill and bike desks that allow you to walk or cycle while you work. If you’d prefer to use a desk that you already own, you can purchase their stand-alone treadmill or bike, as both have the same features as those found in their fully integrated desks. The only caveat to this option is that your desk height has to be adjustable.
How Treadmill and Bike Desks Work
LifeSpan Workplace Solutions offers three different treadmills that vary in length. Regardless of length, each has a standard maximum speed of 4.0 miles per hour, which allows for performance of a very brisk walk. This is especially beneficial if you wish to incorporate more of a cardio workout at some point during the day, as walking at this speed burns an average of 340 calories an hour.
The speed at which you set your treadmill for working definitely depends on the type of task you’re performing. While writing and other fine motor activities may require walking at slow speeds (1.5 miles per hour or less), other tasks that don’t require much hand and eye coordination can be performed at relatively faster speeds.
After having used the treadmill myself, I’d say that speeds between 2.0 and 2.5 are ideal for reading, web browsing, voice chatting or video conferencing. By engaging in such tasks in an upright position for at least half a day (about 4 hours), you can easily and effortless burn nearly 700-800 calories at work!
Step counting is another great feature of LifeSpan Workplace Solutions treadmills. Ideally, you should take a minimum of 10,000-12,000 steps a day for weight maintenance or general health benefits while a minimum of 12,000-15,000 steps a day is a must for weight loss. Their treadmills include an exclusive LifeSpan feature called “Intelli-Step” that tracks all your steps automatically.
If you’d rather pedal than walk or if you don’t have enough space available to set up a treadmill, LifeSpan Workplace Solutions upright bike is a great choice. In general cycling is one of the best activities for burning calories while improving the endurance of your lower-body muscles, which is critical for carrying out all types of everyday tasks.
Most people incorporate cycling into their workouts by way of outdoor bicycling, indoor stationary cycling, and spinning classes. LifeSpan Workplace Solutions upright bike allows you to include this highly effective activity into your workday.
Now, their bike has a special feature that counts pedaling revolutions, which essentially measures the cadence or speed at which you cycle. This feature is very similar to the step counting on their treadmills. Remarkably, by cycling at very light to moderate speeds for at least four hours of your workday, you can burn anywhere between 800 to well over 1,500 calories!
Why You Should Consider a Purchase
I’m sure you’re fully aware that regular physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing or even dying from a chronic disease. Unfortunately, in spite of the proven health benefits of engaging in physical activity, nearly 80 percent of folks in the United States don’t meet the minimum amount of daily physical activity that’s recommended for good health.
Now, you’re probably thinking that I’m just telling you to go out and exercise for an hour but I’m not.
While a daily exercise bout is great, research shows that it’s totally counterproductive if you sit in a chair or lie on a couch for a large majority of the day. Unbeknownst to many, it’s not the act of not exercising that increases the risk of developing a disease but it’s actually the number of daily hours spent in a seated or lying position.
Given these facts, with a lack of time being the most commonly cited barrier to participation in regular physical activity, any product that allows you to conveniently and routinely increase your daily physical activity levels is, in my opinion, priceless. LifeSpan Workplace Solutions treadmill and bike desks truly fit the bill. In addition to the numerous cool features I’ve highlighted, these products have excellent construction and are incredibly quiet.
I always joke that you’ll rarely, if ever, see a TV commercial for a treadmill or a bike because they sell themselves. This is exactly how I feel about LifeSpan Workplace Solutions product line.
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.