Since most of us no longer have to toil the fields or walk miles to anywhere we want to go on a daily basis, exercise is hard to fit in to our daily routines.
Most American jobs are done while sitting all day long. Most of us also get to and from those jobs by riding in some sort of vehicle. By the end of the day, many of us have barely moved our body at all. Obviously these truths are major factors in our weight epidemic. So, what can we do about it? One company has recently taken a stab at this issue.
A company called Rightangle has invented a new type of desk space called the LifeBalance Station. The station incorporates the beneficial concept of a standing workstation and it has paired it with an elliptical type attachment for an optional chair. The chair can slide back and forth allowing for standing or sitting at anytime. The chair resembles the top of a comfortable office chair while the foot rests are the pedals of the elliptical machine for exercise.
We’ve seen similar attempts to this concept in the past when a doctor invented the treadmill desk. While any option between standing, walking, or pedaling have to be better than just sitting, it seems like the LifeBalance Station may have created the most practical option. It seems likely that it’s a little easier to type or write from a sitting position verses while walking.
Hopefully the continuous invention of these types of products is a sign that the desk and cubical dwellers want healthier options. As these products are still very pricey, it’s going to be difficult to get them into the workplaces in mass quantities at first. The benefits of the active work spaces surely will outweigh the costs though. And if that doesn’t work, we can just spend the money on purchasing a field to toil.
July 1st, 2011