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Pedaling at Work Can Improve Employee Health

Aug. 19, 2015

Portable devices encourage sedentary workers to exercise while seated.

Allowing office workers to use a portable pedaling device that fits under their desks while working can help them be more active, according to a new study. The research from the University of Iowa shows that workers who pedaled during their day were more likely to report weight loss, improved concentration while at work, and using fewer sick days than workers who pedaled less.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, examined 27 office workers, who spent an average of 50 minutes per day using the pedal device over a 16-week period. Researchers also found that both comfort and privacy were important, noting that some employees can be self-conscious using either company exercise facilities or devices such as treadmill desks set up in common areas. After the study’s conclusion, 70% of participants chose to keep the pedaling devices provided to them, meaning the practice is not only healthy but also could be sustainable over time for many occupants.

Not sure if pedal devices would be ideal for your facility? These tips for encouraging the use of bicycles can also help occupants stay healthy!

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