9 to 5 Exercise: 10 Ways to Work Out While You Work
Take productivity to new heights...and levels of exhaustion!...with these 10 ways to work out while you work.
Including a range of cardio exercise, balance and posture, and coordination equipment, these workday fitness add-ons probably won't work you to your physical limits, but spread out over the hours you're toiling away on your computer, or dying of boredom in Zoom meetings, their cumulative effects could certainly make a difference in your health and wellness. Especially on days you don't have the time or energy to hit the gym hard or attend a fitness class.
Note: All workday fitness products are priced as they were at printing on March 15, 2022. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
SmartFitness Universal Treadmill Desk
Keep your body loose, and your blood flowing with SmartFitness' Treadmill Laptop Holder, a 13.5" deep desk that expands from 21.5" to 36" wide to strap onto nearly any brand of treadmill. The tray-style desk contains a laptop holder that raises and lowers to your preferred typing height, and an open surface covered in anti-slip backing to hold any additional papers, pens, or desktop gear.
STOIC Active Standing Mat
Are you STOIC enough to work standing on a plank of nails? A Redwoods forest bed? Some Flathead River rocks? monkii's STOIC Active Standing Mat challenges you to get stronger, healthier, more engaged through all of the above with the company's intriguing new take on incorporating movement into your day.
The STOIC Active Standing Mat is a modular system whose base can accommodate several different nubby surfaces, as well as a handful of movable add-ons. They combine - in over 50 possible setups - to deliver what monkii refers to as "the 5 elements of active standing": motion; balance; fidgeting; massage; and strength.
Zenergy Ball Chair
Who wants to pop a squat on a Minion? The Zenergy Ball Chair attempts to maintain the supposed posture, balance, and core strength benefits of sitting on an exercise ball, while adding wheels and a mesh slipcover that I guess they think makes the chair blend in better, and look like a real piece of furniture.
Functionally, the Zenergy Ball Chair lets you sit without being sedentary. The backless, flexible domed seat encourages movement - forces it, really - during use, which fans of the chairs say helps you concentrate, and molds better posture and balance. Zenergy adds stability (and height) with a quad of powder-coated steel legs.
Cubii JR Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine
The Cubii JR, an under-desk elliptical machine you can use while seated, merges work from home with workout from home, and makes the whole WFH phenomenon:
A. Even better than it was before!
B. Even worse than it was before!
C. Wait, you still sit in a desk chair that allows your feet to touch the floor? That is so 2010s. The 2020s are all about criss-cross-applesaucin' through your workday in a Soul Seat.
Revolution Focus Standing Desk Balance Board
Is the standing desk fad still standing strong? If not, the Revolution Focus standing desk balance board is sure doing a stand-up job of making it interesting to me again. Not only does the possibility of falling on my ass at any given moment seem like a good way to stay awake at work, but the rocking and tilting motions the board makes possible look like good times.
Better times than staring at my computer screen sitting in some creaky IKEA POS with one wheel that refuses to move in sync with the others anyway.
Gaiam Balance Disc - Wobble Cushion for Your Desk Chair
The Gaiam Balance Disc is mostly a wobble cushion for your desk chair, but also partly an accessory for core strength and balance exercises out of your chair. It's a great mate for anyone with visions of improving their posture in 2022, plus eases those of you with more lofty fitness goals into the process more gently than a gym membership or Peloton.
Upaloop Fitness Stool
Upaloop-a, doompa-de-doo / I've got a brand new workout for you. Upaloop-a, doompa-de-dee / A fitness stool that will shrink a belly.
Take a seat, my dudes and ladies, and let the Upaloop Fitness Stool teach you how to twist, turn, and rotate your way to a stronger core and spine, improved posture, and possibly even better mental focus. The swiveling seat does more than just turn you to and fro, it forces you to find balance and rhythm as you rotate along the arced path created by the Upaloop's jointed post. Think of seated hula hooping, minus the hula hoop.
MonkeyFeet - Lift Dumbbells with Your Feet
Whoooooo's ready for some seated marches and leg extensions? Right from your desk chair, with 50 pounds of dumbbells strapped to your MonkeyFeet. Which, in turn, are strapped to your own feet.
Created, fittingly, by Animalhouse Fitness, MonkeyFeet are foot braces with a clamp that latches onto the grip of most dumbbell brands and sizes. They secure to your foot / feet with a ratchet-style clasp and, when loaded up with a DB, make you look like you're wearing some Darwin-Award-winning roller skates, or maybe high heels designed and made by...uh, a monkey. Maybe one of the Primal Bells dudes.
SitFlow Under-Desk Leg Swinger
If you're sitting there reading about this SitFlow contraption right now, know what you're doing? Restricting blood circulation. Contributing to the obesity epidemic. Sucking your productivity and concentration dry. Basically, by sitting at your desk or in your car or on your couch all day, you're killing yourself. At least that's what the latest research and the "Sitting is the new smoking" buzz phrase suggest.
SitFlow is a bar with a pair of discs on its ends that hangs from a strap either mounted underneath your desk, or to a portable stand. When you place your feet on the discs, you can move the strap, and your body, in all planes of motion. Legs and feet can move in sync or separately with full forward-back or side-to-side swings. Both the arm mounting the and the discs themselves can also rotate independently for smooth, unencumbered motion that should feel natural, and ultimately unconscious to you.
Walkolution Manual Treadmill Desks
Walk. Work. Walk while working. Work while walking. Ugh. It's like a bunch of F-words in a row, but with Ws.
Walkolution treadmill desks have no motor or electronic components, just a belt that moves around a solid beech wood base in sync and at pace with your feet. If you don't tread, neither does the Walkolution. The moving belt comes in two versions: a series of break-proof birch wood slats with slight elasticity; and a premium Kybun surface material, a Swiss product design that simulates the feeling of walking or running on a soft forest floor. The wood belt can be used with or without shoes, the Kybun surface begs for bare feet only.