An under-desk elliptical is an elliptical trainer that consists of a base, drive system, and foot pedals within a compact design that allows users to exercise from the comfort of their desks. This type of elliptical trainer comes with basic features like varying resistance levels, adjustable foot pedal height (on select models), and mounted meter to track the distance covered. Using this type of elliptical is easy.
Simply place the elliptical on the floor a comfortable distance away from your chair (preferably under a desk), place feet on the pedals, and go! The purpose of this type of elliptical trainer is to reduce inactivity for those who work long hours behind a desk.
Desk elliptical trainer offers an easy and convenient way to make exercise part of a person’s daily routine. Both the multitasking factor and the fact that this elliptical is used while seated often appeals to those with busy schedules as well as individuals who live a more sedentary lifestyle.
This under-desk elliptical features a sturdy build, multiple resistance levels, and can be used while seated or standing. Another feature worth mentioning is its multifunctional LCD display that shows workout duration, as well as distance, traveled, calories burned, etc.
More opportunities to exercise
This is especially so for those looking to add more cardio to their physical activity. Best of all, little effort is required. All you have to do is sit and pedal away.
As you know, this is the case with any physical activity. Still, the convenience of an under-desk elliptical combined with the physical activity involved promotes the release of endorphins in the brain that help a positive mood while decreasing stress hormones.
When your mind starts to drift while you work at your desk, pedaling on an under-desk elliptical is a great way to keep you alert and focused, which will, in turn, enhance productivity. Frequently a little physical activity is just the thing to combat boredom at the office.
Less joint pain
Elliptical training is already a form of low-impact exercise, so removing the standing upright part from the equation makes the activity even more low-impact. Most users experience no joint pain when using an under-desk elliptical that has been adjusted correctly and is the proper distance away from the user’s chair.
Compared to larger exercise machines like standing ellipticals, treadmills, stationary cycles, and rowers, under-desk elliptical trainers are very budget-friendly. A basic elliptical of this kind can cost less than $100. As for those with more advanced features and capabilities, they tend to be in the $200-300 range.
This is done by increasing the height of the vertical path of each stride, providing more resistance levels and/or increasing the machine’s maximum incline. Sometimes resistance and incline are even adjusted automatically during preset programs or interactive training. By upping the intensity and throwing some unexpected challenges into the mix, more progress is made.
Pro: They’re Ideal for Those Transitioning to an Active Lifestyle
Those making the switch from a sedentary to an active lifestyle have a difficult transition period. They either can’t get into the habit of exercising regularly, or their bodies have a hard time adjusting to being more active. Since mini ellipticals can be used sitting down, working out with one is an excellent starting point. Perhaps use it for 30 minutes once a day to set the foundation for good cardiovascular health. From there, gradually increase resistance to engage the muscles better and slowly start trying other forms of exercise until you develop a workout groove you can stick to.
Con: Not Suited for all Desks
Yeah, this kind of sucks, but it happens. Don’t be surprised if you place your compact elliptical under your desk and can’t pedal without hitting your knees. If so, it isn’t a huge deal. There’s always the couch or your favorite chair.
Pro: Mini Ellipticals Allow You to Be Easily Distracted
You can seriously watch your favorite television show/movie as you stride away. After gaining your balance, it’s easy to get wrapped up in whatever you’re doing without realizing your work output. Compact elliptical trainers present the opportunity for an experience similar to listening to music while you exercise but just expands the list of activities you can do to distract yourself. For example, there is the option to sit at your desk and get work done, do some online shopping, catch up with a friend via text, and more.
Although compact and much smaller than standard models, mini trainers are not precisely lightweight and are therefore a bit difficult to lug around. That being said, an elliptical without some weight is a low-quality one. It must be sturdy enough not to tip over during use.
Pro: They Make You More Inclined to Exercise
Due to their versatility, mini elliptical trainers make you more inclined to exercise by eliminating excuses. It is nearly impossible to think of a reason not to pedal away while on the couch watching a film or binge-watching your favorite television show. All you have to do is place the compact machine in front of you and get started. You don’t even have to change clothes unless you plan to work up a real sweat. On top of that, mini ellipticals are easy to assemble, so you don’t even have that as an excuse. Even the most inexperienced users will have it ready to go in 10-15 minutes.