1 Week Update on my New Bike Desk : loseit
A week ago, I bought myself an exercise bike desk, which I posted about here. I wanted to check back in a week later to let you guys know how it was going.
I was a little worried that it would be one of those things that you really intend to use all the time but it doesn’t live up to the hype, which is why it has been on my wish list for like five years and I only bought it last week. This is definitely in the “Yeah, sounds good, but would I actually USE it?” category.
Answer: Hell yes I would use it!
I assembled this bike almost exactly a week ago, give or take an hour. In that time, I’ve biked 43 miles without making any particular effort (and I’m actually biking while I’m writing this).
Before the exercise bike, I biked zero, and walked about 3,000 steps per day, so I am starting from super sedentary and going to 43 miles on week one and I feel great.
I did 17 miles in an evening on Tuesday (or Wednesday? getting my days mixed up) without really having to think about it. I think it was over the course of 2-3 hours, so I was going pretty slow, but it was 100% on autopilot and didn’t feel like exercising at all — it felt like watching a webinar for a class that I was really excited about plus “oh yeah, and I guess my legs are doing something, but that’s not important.”
If there are pedals under my feet, my feet will automatically pedal while I focus on other things, so this is great. I know some people say that they can forget that they’re walking on treadmills, but that is not among my many skills. But after the learning curve of the first day or two, I’ve gotten to the point where I pretty much don’t notice that I’m biking unless I need to actively pay attention to it.
I bike while writing, I bike while watching YouTube, I bike while watching webinars for my class, I bike while chatting with friends, and today I’ve biked 13.5 miles in between appointments while watching TV and writing this. (I’m rewatching an old favorite anime, Code Geass, and the battle scenes apparently get me super pumped because I pedal like hell every time those badass mechas do their badass mecha things, lol.)
A $250 desk felt like a huge investment, especially on my starving-entrepreneur budget, but as of a week in, I am loving this thing and have zero regrets. This is the most convenient way to exercise I’ve ever found and I wish I had bought this thing five years ago. 11/10, enthusiastically recommend.