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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Jamie Moore, 3rd Sep, 2015.

  1. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    Hi guys

    Paging @pinkboy :)

    I'm in the market for an exercise bike. It's going into the office - something that will get me off my bum every hour for 5 minutes. I'm fairly active outside of work but I'm paranoid about being sedentary all day at work - if I have a bike sitting in the corner I'll make an effort to use it.

    Any particular brands/models that are compact and decent quality that I should check out? I've purchased a couple in the past and realise that you get what you pay for! They all ended up at the tip.

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
  2. SK Investments

    SK Investments Well-Known Member

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    They make a great clothes rack, somewhere to hang your jacket :D
     
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  3. Simon Hampel

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    Get a height adjustable desk instead. Takes a bit of getting used to (which is why "height adjustable" is important rather than just "standing" desk), but once you're used to it, you can work pretty much all day standing up (get a good anti-fatigue mat to stand on as well!).

    You burn a surprising amount of energy working standing up and it stops you being sedentary. Really helps avoid the post-lunch tiredness that some people suffer from as well.

    Far more convenient than an exercise bike - since it becomes a normal part of your working environment rather than something you have to break your concentration to do.

    I've been using a height adjustable desk for over 18 months now and feel so much better for it.
     
  4. Scott No Mates

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    I hear @pinkboy has a couple of well worn Colnagos going for a song. All you need is an indoor training kit. You can even ride it home afterwards @Jamie Moore
     
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    Its probably about now all those new years resolutions get thrown out. Just wait for a council pickup.
     
  6. pinkboy

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    Hmm, I'm not a spin bike expert.

    I'm not sure what 5min/hr on a spin bike will achieve? I'd me more inclined to have a fitness regime outside of work and during work just walk out of the office to completely get away from work. Perhaps a small errand like hanging washing or vacuum etc which will probably lead to extra curricular calorie burning activity after lights out with the Mrs.

    Honestly, you won't ride a spin bike 5min/hr at work or even home.

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  7. Tillie

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    Not sure if in Canberra you have so called hard rubbish collections. We have them on Melbourne once a year and everyone can put their hard rubbish on nature strip and council trucks comes to pick up rubbish. Every year in our neighbourhood about every second household throws out some sort of exercise machine, more often than not bikes. So f you have gem in Canberra just drive around neighbourhood and pick up free used machine :p
     
  8. Jamie Moore

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    It's just to avoid sitting for hours at a time. I do a heap of cardio outside of work - but it's the 8 hours a day where I'm sitting that worries me.
     
  9. Ace in the Hole

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    How about just grabbing a barbell and a couple of plates and do some barbell complexes.
     
  10. pinkboy

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    So your answer to get your @rse off the office chair is to sit your @rse on a spin bike? I've heard it all today....:p

    pinkboy
     
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    These are plenty of signs at my workplace reminding us all that sitting kills! Good idea!
     
  12. D.T.

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    Get a young receptionist instead? :p
     
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  13. Scott No Mates

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    Get your self some haemmorhoids - then you won't be sitting on your @rse for 5 minutes in the hour.
     
  14. Perthguy

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    You are right to be concerned. There have been news reports recently that sitting is the new cancer. Of course, the guy who said that was just trying to flog watches... http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/11/tim-cook-apple-sitting-the-new-cancer

    Still, it's bad to sit too much. The easiest thing for me to do would be climb up and down some stairs every hour. I never do though :(

    Options are: stretching, walking, stair climbing, or a combo of body weight exercises like squats, push ups against a wall etc. You don't really need a bike.
     
  15. wylie

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    +1 for the height adjustable desk.

    I have one that I bought to do my mosaic work on, but not for my computer. I probably should look at using it in my office. What I did buy was a saddle chair to stop me slouching so much at my desk.

    A height adjustable desk plus a saddle chair that can both be adjusted would be great. In my job, I stand or walk around a shop for hours at a time and that is not great for the legs either. So, adjustable desk and adjustable chair could be the best of both.
     
  16. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    Great idea sim - thanks. Do you have a link to the one you use?

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
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    in 5 minutes, you could try something like one of the following:
    100 full burpees
    200 air squats
    100 jumping alternate lunges
    600 revolutions of a skipping rope
     
  19. Azazel

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    I like the seated ones at the gym, you can read or watch telly:
    nanna.jpg
     
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  20. Ace in the Hole

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    If he does this, he'll either be superman, or spend the next hour recovering until the next hour's 5 min session comes along and won't get any work done...
    100 full burpees in 5 mins is really hard.