The Fit Desk seemed too good to be true. Could there really be a way to move and write at the same time?
I first saw the Fit Desk on a co-worker’s Facebook page. Mary had just gotten one and was singing it’s praises. One look and I knew this could be my solution!
I hate the gym. It’s full of weird smells and harsh sounds. I hate the whine of a dozen treadmills, the clank of weight machines, that stressful “power” music they always play. I forced myself to go but I plugged in earphones with my audio books playing. Even then, I had to turn it up unpleasantly loud just to hear my narrator over the annoying gym-din. I knew I had to exercise, but it was unpleasant, stressful, and I always felt like I was wasting good time I could have spent writing. I resented my body’s need for exercise. Exercise took me away from the activities I loved and found meaningful. You know, sedentary activities like reading, writing, and watching Doctor Who.
I looked closer at the picture. The Fit Desk looked like an exercise bike, but instead of handlebars, there was an arm rest and a platform for a lap top computer. A quick exchange of messages and I discover it carries the budget-friendly price of $299 (even more budget friendly when I took advantage of my employer’s $200 fitness spending reimbursement program!)
I ordered one.
Putting it together was not that difficult. It took me one hour and six minutes from laying out the pieces to taking my first ride. I even put it together all by myself. The instructions were perfectly clear and easy to follow.
There is a little drawer under the desk top. Mine arrived broken but a short correspondence with the manufacturer and a new one was on it’s way with no trouble. It arrived in two days. I use it to store the assembly tools for minor adjustments. I keep the pedals tight and adjust the back rest for comfort and posture. I found my tender bottom got a little saddle sore so I added a gel seat cover. Now I can sit on the Fit Desk off and on all day long (and do!)
I have been using the Fit Desk daily for over a month now. I ‘m writing this post on it! The spinners whisper as I ride in the comfort of my own home. I don’t need to put on special work-our cloths. I just hop on.
I ride casually when writing. I keep a light resistance on setting “3 – 4” and just keep moving. When I watch my TV programs (don’t judge me! I only watch shows by screenwriters I admire.) I turn up the resistance setting and use the included resistance bands. (Commercials are for sprints.)
The Fit Desk brings motion into the long sedentary stretches in my day. It’s not just a delightful fitness product, the company has a big heart. For every 10 reviews customers post, they donate a Fit Desk to a local school! So if you get one (and if you spend a lot of time at the computer, you really should) don’t forget to post a review!
I admit, it feels good to move but it feels great to not have to sacrifice my creative time to mindless exercise. I am a thrilled and satisfied Fit Desk jockey!
So… all my sedentary literary friends: How you address your fitness needs?
Read ~ Write ~ Wander