Keep Pedalling at Work to Stay Healthy

Keep Pedalling at Work to Stay Healthy

In this Aug. 13, 2014 photo, workers sit at desks at  Firstkontact Center, a call center in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico. If you’re sitting in an office, you should probably read this standing up. In the first advice of its kind, British experts are recommending office workers stand for at least two hours a day, in a warning against the dangers of sitting. The guidelines were developed by a group of experts invited by Public Health England and an advocacy group and were published online Monday, June 1, 2015 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (AP Photo/Alex Cossio, File)
(AP Photo/Alex Cossio, File)

(India Today) – Forget treadmill work stations, a portable pedalling device under the desk can provide a convenient way to keep sedentary workers active at work, and improving their health, says a new study.

People who sit all day (even if they are active outside of work) are at increased risk of serious health conditions such as multiple chronic diseases, poorer cognitive function, and mental distress.

The researchers found that workers who pedalled more were more likely to report weight loss, improved concentration while at work, and fewer sick days than co-workers who pedalled less.

“We wanted to see if workers would use these devices over a long period of time, and we found the design of the device is critically important,” said Lucas Carr, assistant professor of health and human physiology at the University of Iowa in the US.