Working @ 100 Calories Per Hour
After trying several popular treadmill desks, I've come to the conclusion that the idea setup would be an elliptical desk. An elliptical desk has several advantages:
Right now I'm using one of those laptop holders on my elliptical machine. In terms of fluidity and ease of use, it beats treadmill desks hands down. The only downside is that the laptop holder is wobbly, and I'm afraid of going too fast and dropping the laptop.
I would gladly pay $1,000 - $2,000 for a well-made elliptical desk.
Right now, there are only two options and both are pitiful:
This elliptical machine office desk costs $8,000! And it doesn't even allow you to stand up.
I've tried putting a mini elliptical machine under my desk. Unfortunately it is little more than a glorified stepping machine and does not offer the fluid stride length of a real elliptical machine.
My plea to you guys is:
A standing elliptical desk seems awkward to me. But I'd love to see it if you come up with something. If only I had 8K for that desk.
I totally dismissed elliptical machines as well. That's why I spent so much time experimenting with treadmill and steppers.
I was very surprised when I found myself working really well on an elliptical machine.
For most people it will take 2-3 sessions on an elliptical machine to find their balance and rhythm. But once you find it, it is actually very smooth (if you find the right elliptical machine that fits your stride length, I think).
Hi Steve. When I say elliptical machine, I meant something like this. That's not the exact machine I have, but it is the type I'm talking about.
Of course, to make it fit under a desk, we'll need a version without the handle bars and the monitor.
It isn't easy to set this up myself because I don't know how to disassemble an elliptical machine so that I can keep only the bottom half and get rid of the top half. :)
cut the handles off the device
That's actually pretty close to my plan Steve. =)
I won't cut it, but I might disassemble my elliptical machine and see if there's a way to put it together again without the handles.
For me, the eliptical as a suplement to all those things is helpful. I use http://jonsguide.org/best-proform-elliptical-reviews/ The eliptical is easier and it lets me read while on it. 45 minutes on an eliptical with a book burns a lot more calories than 45 minutes reading the book in my chair. Looking at that comparison, the 600 calories supposedly burned, even reduced by 31% is still helpful. So I wouldn't throw out the eliptical, just not expect too much from it.