Whether at home working from the kitchen table, or grinding away in an office cubicle, the work day is usually an inherently sedentary one. You rattle away at your keyboard for hours, complain to your S.O. in the other room or gossip with your work wife on Slack, stand, walk 12 steps to get a half-steaming cup of coffee, and then start all over. That said, this doesn’t have to be the case. With standing desks, stationary bikes, treadmills that hold your laptop in place as you step, and so many more innovations made to make the days feel just a little more active, energizing, and frankly…fun, the lunchtime seated, reheated, reseated routine can be a thing of the past.
Shop now: DeskCycle Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser, $199 (Now $147)
Enter: the DeskCycle ($199). This under-$200, WALL-E looking contraption is the perfect answer to all of your “I want a spin bike, but barely have room for a full-sized toaster in my studio apartment” woes. Now on sale as Amazon’s Deal of the Day, the machine—down $52 from it’s original price tag to $147—is far more low maintenance than any pet, plant, (or roommate) you may have. Coming in at 24 x 20 x 10 inches and only 23 lbs, it is easily portable, and can fit under desks as low as 27 inches.
As they say, the best things come in the smallest packages, and this mini peddler is no exception. The over 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon tout how the quiet, low-impact, smooth mechanics are easy on your joints and distraction-free, while the 8 easily-calibrated resistance settings let you intensify or relax your workout as you go. You don’t even need to stand up! And just like a larger treadmill or bike, you can even track your progress (speed, time, distance, and calories) on the mini-LCD display—all you need are 2 AA batteries. As an added bonus, according to a 2014 Harvard Business Review study, working out while working, is proven to improve concentration, sharpen memory, increase mental stamina, promote creativity, lower stress, and give you energy. Get peddling!
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