Just because you’re stuck behind a desk all day doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout.
By Nicolette Martin
If you work a desk job you’re likely sitting inactive for eight hours a day. That’s 40 hours per week, 160 hours per month and 2,024 hours per year spent in a chair. So what?
Reports have shown that sitting for a prolonged period of time can be detrimental to your health. The risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity go up considerably for those who sit without moving for more than six hours a day, not to mention long bouts of immobility make you prone to blood clots, slower metabolism, reduced energy, loss of focus and more.
Take a stand against sitting down with these five products that will have you working physically instead of just mentally.
1. The LIFT Adjustable Height Monitor Riser
This device improves posture and makes your desk job more ergonomically friendly, allowing for easy height adjustment for sitting or standing at a desk. It features a smooth top and lower shelves, great for writing and organization. With a strong aluminum frame, the stand supports all monitors, including single monitors, dual monitors and all-in-one iMacs and can accommodate six variable heights from 8 to 20 inches above the desk. $129.99; www.uncagedergonomics.com/lift
2. Wobble Stool
Give your core a workout with this functional stool that moves with you wherever you lean. Did you drop some papers on the floor or just need to stretch out your back? The rounded, triangular saddle seat swivels 360 degrees, making it easy to move around while sitting, and is equipped with a self-stabilizing, weighted base that returns to an upright position after use. No matter your height, the Wobble Stool can keep you comfortable with the ability to adjust from 23 to 33 inches. $199.99; www.uncagedergonomics.com/wobble-stool
3. LifeSpan Desk Bike
If you’re looking to get a little more active at work but don’t have the space for a treadmill desk, LifeSpan Fitness’s desk bike fits under most standing desks. The seat has 19 height adjustment settings and can support users from 5 feet to 6-foot-8. Additionally, the bike is Bluetooth-enabled to wirelessly sync your activity to your computer, and a small console sits on your desk to show resistance level, time pedaled, calories burned, distance traveled and pedaling speed. $999; www.lifespanfitness.com/c3-dt3-standing-desk-bike.html
4. GymyGym Chair
Leave your balance ball at home and opt for an actual desk chair that works all the major muscle groups. The GymGym is designed around resistance bands and includes four integrated exercise stations to target all muscle groups including arms, chest, legs, back, shoulders, torso and glutes. As you become more fit, you can increase the tension of the exercise bands. Whether you want to do a complete body workout in one day, or focus on different parts different days, the GymyGym website has multiple exercises for each body part. $799; www.gymygym.com/buy-today
5. Lifeline Train Stations
If you have an extra wall or three-hinge door, you can start resistance training on your lunch break with the Lifeline Gym Train Stations. Mounting to any three-hinge-door or wall, the Train Station includes resistance cables, ankle and wrist attachments and a cardio belt for full-body workouts anywhere. Weighing in at just 1.5 pounds, it can be conveniently transported from home to the office. $49.99; www.lifelineusa.com/store