-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A mini exercise bike that
can be used while working at a desk could help improve the health
of office workers and others with sedentary jobs, according to a
The device includes a set of pedals that can be set up in front
of most office chairs and used while a person is seated.
The study participants were mostly female, overweight and 40
years old, on average. They spent at least 75 percent of their
workday sitting at a desk or work station. They generally used the
portable pedal machines on 12 of 20 workdays and for an average of
23 minutes each of those days.
The "distance" pedaled each day by the participants ranged from
a third of a mile to nearly 13.5 miles, and they burned from nine
to more than 500 calories a day, the study found.
The participants said they found the portable pedal machine easy
to use and would use such a device regularly at work if they were
offered one by their employer. They also said their productivity
and quality of work was not affected when they used the
Doing just 23 minutes of pedaling a day on a regular basis could
improve a person's health, according to the researchers.
The study was published online Feb. 14 in the
British Journal of Sports Medicine.
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