Pedaling away Parkinson's symptoms

Posted on Jul 6th, 2017 | Perma Link

A small pilot study of Parkinson's patients who rode tandem bicycles three times a week has shown promise in alleviating the tremors and rigidity of the disease. NBC's Savannah Guthrie reports.

Only recently have researchers started to examine how work or educational settings can help encourage light physical activity in the place of normally sedentary activity and the resultant effects on performance, health, and well-being. One way to reduce sedentary behavior is to adapt normally indoor sedentary environments by providing activity workstations that encourage light physical activity while completing necessary or desired tasks.

There is growing interest in using activity workstations as a method of increasing light physical activity in normally sedentary environments. The current study (N = 117) compared the effects of studying in college students while slowly pedaling a stationary bike with a desktop with studying at traditional desks across 10 weeks in an academic semester.

The EZVID wiki selected the FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical as their #1 pick for 2016! See their description here:

NBC News

Posted on Apr 19th, 2016 | Perma Link

Juggling college term papers, research projects, and clubs is enough to make any student sweat — but unfortunately, it leaves little time for actual exercise.

Enter the FitDesk Bike, a stationary bike and ergonomically friendly laptop station that colleges are embracing for health and academic benefits alike.

Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely, while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect.

Researchers used survey data from 54 countries, analyzing time spent sitting more than three hours a day along with data on population size, actuarial tables and overall deaths. The study is in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Reading, writing and aerobics?

Troy University in Alabama is making physical health part of its core curriculum by installing exercise bikes — with a spot for a laptop or book — in the library so students can break a sweat while they study.

“Humans were not meant to sit still all day,” Christopher Shaffer, dean of Library Services told HuffPost. “But because our lives all revolve around computers now, we don’t move enough.”

Troy University Libraries are giving students the opportunity to work out and study at the same time thanks to some new equipment.

Exercise bikes containing stations for laptop computers were installed at the Troy and Dothan campuses in February, and the response has been so positive that several more have been ordered.

The FitDesk equipment turns a traditional exercise bike into a work station, where students can use the desk area to read or use laptops.

Study Cylce?

Posted on Jan 15th, 2016 | Perma Link

First comes the elementary school desk, cramped and rigid (cursed by lefties everywhere), then the desk desk, in your own room in high school or college, and its cousin, the library carrel. After that, if you were lucky, maybe an office desk or cubicle. Then, of course, standing desks burst onto the scene, along with their overeager cousins, treadmill desks. Now, popping up in dozens of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, is another step in desk evolution -- a stationary bike and desk combination called the FitDesk.

The program is called Read and Ride, and it's making kids smarter and healthier at the same time.

Ertl was an elementary school counselor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the experience got him thinking, "I bet a bunch of kids would find it fun to read while exercising ... we could get some exercise bikes and give it a shot."

The principal at his school, Ward Elementary, was on board, so he hatched a plan and put it in motion.