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Now you don't even have the excuse of getting some exercise or going to the gym as a reason to leave work; expensive tchotchke store Hammacher Schlemmer lets you bring the gym to the office with the Elliptical Machine Office Desk.
We are big fans of standing desks, and have discussed treadmill desks as alternatives to sitting all day. But is the elliptical machine office desk an advancement of the art?
There is a lot to like about it. It is flexible and can be used in a number of different ways, as the desk is adjustable.
This is the adjustable-height desk that pairs with a semi-recumbent elliptical trainer to let users exercise while on the job. Designed to be pedaled at slower cadences that won't break one's concentration (or cause one to break a sweat), an average user can burn about 4,000 calories in a typical workweek.
That's about twice the calories that you would burn using a standing desk alone.
It has some nice energy-consuming bells and whistles, too:
The elliptical machine's generously padded seat slides smoothly along the frame to accommodate users of almost any stature, swivels for easy entry and exit, and has an adjustable backrest for comfort. Resistance is electronically controlled via the included performance monitor that tracks distance, watts, rpm, and calories burned, and displays information stored for up to 30 individuals on its 4" x 6" LED screen.
But unlike a standing desk, one could just sit on this thing. It also doesn't give you the freedom of movement than a standing desk does, or even the freedom to move around that a standard office chair does. No wonder she keeps a regular chair around.
I do really like the adjustable height desk, with the very cool monitor mounting rail. But keep the elliptical. MedicalXpress makes a good point about it having a "weight maximum of 300 pounds, which means that the people who need it most cannot use it."