Perhaps you’ve heard of treadmill desks where you stand at a raised desk with your computer and a work surface and walk at one mile per hour for as long as you like. It’s so popular, the Fortune 500 crowd is starting to bring them into offices and people have to sign-up for a chance to use them.
It’s not exactly a workout (you likely walk faster shopping in the mall), but it’s better than sitting on your tush all day. And it will definitely help you get those 10,000 steps that we’re all aiming for as a daily quota.
Now there is a bike version, The FitDesk. It comes in one of two models: a folding, upright bike with the desk attached, or you can just buy the desk part and attach it to your own bike. I chose the latter and hooked it up to my Spin bike at home.
Installation was easy and I was pedaling in about five minutes. I wiggled the straps around for a while until I got a very snug fit before I would trust putting my laptop on. The FitDesk comes with a big rubber band that keeps your laptop in place and it truly didn’t move during my workout.
It’s not really possible to spin fast with the FitDesk attached, and I could stand on my pedals, but it was fairly awkward. If you position your seat far forward, it’s impossible (I shove mine all the way back for body mechanics). But as far as checking email, surfing social media, even blogging, I could do them all, no problem.
So even though it wasn’t a workout, it was better than sitting on my butt!
The inside of the FitDesk is a hard foam and I wish it felt a little more substantial. I don’t think it affects functionality at all, it’s just a feel thing. The fabric is a simple cotton (I think) and very smooth (i.e., slippery). Yes the rubber band keeps the laptop in place just fine, but I wish the fabric had a little “tactile grip” to it.
Treadmill desks can run as high as $4,000 for a top model; the FitDesk is much cheaper. My pop-on version is only $79 and the foldable bike with the desk is $229. Not bad at all really. The full model is very compact and you can shove it in a closet, no problem.
(I should tell you that I received my FitDesk Pro for free in order to try it out and review it for a blog post.)
Would you consider a FitDesk for your home? Do you think this is a good idea or should people just make time to get their sweat on? I’ve used it a few times now, but haven’t gotten into a regular habit, although I keep saying I will.