I never had thought before of exercising at work. We don’t have a gym but we do have these tiny rooms for nursing moms to use to pump milk. They’re called the ‘milking rooms’. Ha.
Anyway, the only exercise at work I did was to join a group that walked on break. It was nice because you got outside to actually see what the world looked like, talked with coworkers and exercised. Terrific right?
Well when you live in the arctic tundra and it’s cold and snowy 7 months out of the year, you can’t count on walking on break. Amazon had a gold deal on an under desk elliptical about 6 weeks ago and I bought it.
I know, impulse shopping is bad, but it was $100! It’s normally $170 so that was a great deal plus I didn’t even know those things existed. It’s the most brilliant idea ever to exercise at work and I love it.
It was easy to put together if you plan things out ahead. Like don’t put the pedal on before you figure out what was faces front. Or you’ll have to undo two screws, turn the pedal the other way, and screw it back on.
I freaking love that thing. I have pedaled every single day and I can’t wait to go to work to pedal. It is seriously that addictive.
The one I got has a stabilizer bar so it won’t tip and it’s heavy enough that you don’t have to worry about putting the resistance up and actually pedalling. There’s even a thing to hook your wheely chair on so you don’t push yourself backwards when you pedal. Which I was doing when I moved my resistance up to 6.
I started at a resistance of 1 and I was really shocked by how much my legs hurt. I had no idea I was so out of shape. But I guess sitting at a desk and only walked maybe 20 minutes a day did not provide as much exercise as I thought.
I’ve bumped up my resistance every week or when I feel that I’m pedalling really easy. A benefit that I didn’t expect was that it really helps me concentrate and focus at work. I used to fidget or shake my knee all the time. Now I just pedal. I can’t sit still and now I can use that energy to get fit!
And yes I can tell. I have a bubble butt now. A butt that is round, it sticks out, it’s got some meat to it. I am extremely excited because I used to have a flat, negative butt. My calfs, thighs, butt, abs, lower back, ankles have all gotten stronger from using this. It was seriously the best purchase I have ever made in my life.
It is so quiet you can’t even hear it. I had a problem in the first week when a knocking sound started in the right pedal. The company sent me out another one completely free. While waiting for the replacement I figured out that I could pedal backwards and the knocking would disappear.
Until it started knocking that way too. Then I would just pedal and switch directions when the knocking started. After 5 days the knocking went away completely.
Another benefit I knew about, but forgot, is that the exercise helps my mood. Instead of being bored, unhappy at my job, the constant exercise lifts my mood and I feel better about everything.
I can focus for over an hour just working when I used to focus for maybe 10 minutes. I have more ideas for what to do with my time while waiting for another meeting to occur in which I’ll get my next assignments.
I don’t even feel guilty about not going to the gym, except for the fact that I pay for it and don’t use it. But if I don’t hit the gym and swim or lift weights I don’t stress, because I pedalled for 4 to 5 hours! Yes I actually exercise several hours a day, pedalling at a resistance of 6.
I can really tell how much stronger I am. Housework, archery, just plain walking is so much easier and not painful. My lower back used to really hurt and now it doesn’t. I cannot tell you how much exercising at work all day has improved my life.
The little screen thing that tells you how many calories you burned is not accurate at all. So I use this more accurate calorie calculator. You can enter gender, age, resistance, time, miles and it will spit out the calories. This is what I enter into My Fitness Pal. I’ve burned over 1,000 in one day before!
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