by Harmony Heffron

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With inactivity and obesity being tw0 of the biggest killers in the United States and Great Britain today, people are looking for new and inventive ways to stay in shape. One of the groups most at risk of inactivity are office workers. Trapped behind a desk for most of the day, the difficulties of staying in shape for this group are apparent. Thankfully, help may be on the way.

Portable pedal machines have been tested out in the workplace successfully. The study, in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, was small but yielded promising results. The group of office workers studied said they would use the pedaling machines while working if their bosses provided them. On average, the participants pedaled on the machine 23 minutes a day.

The pedal machines are affordable and similar to exercise bikes. They can be easily set up in front of a regular office chair, making them useful for office workers or those who do similar sedentary work at home (like bloggers!) They are an easy way to get physical activity while working. The office workers studied also said they did not feel the machines distracted them from their jobs. The researchers think that the pedal machines show good potential for implementation in work places in order to combat health problems.

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