There is a lot of appeal to under desk exercise equipment for those that spend a long time working at the computer. The problem is that we can go a little overboard in our personal quest for fitness. One of the concerns with under desk exercise equipment is that it is they won’t go down too well with other people in the workplace. There are some important considerations to keep in mind here when choosing a piece of kit for the office. Workers that are mindful of their colleagues will have a more enjoyable experience. So, ask yourself the following questions.
What can your co-workers see?
Many of the best machines stay hidden, but some do mean that colleagues could spot some movement out the corner of the eye. This might be distracting when they are trying to work. Take note of what exercise equipment is out on view, and this includes any bright lights and consoles that may sit on the desk. Also consider what are you wearing to work out? A bright lycra number isn’t going to go down well in most offices, but you will also look silly in a suit and tie. Find the middle ground.
What can they hear?
Then you have to consider how noisy the piece of exercise equipment is. There are many top of the line models that are built to be whisper quiet to no one hears the motors and pedals at work. Cheaper models could be a little noisier with the odd squeak to deal with. Also, how noisy are you during the workout? Heavy breathing, grunting and loud cries of victory aren’t a good idea. Save the self-motivation and tough sessions for the gym.
How do they actually feel about this sort of exercise equipment in the workplace?
Then there is the attitude towards the equipment. Be careful when showing it off to others who may not share your views on office activity. Don’t try and force the idea down other peoples throats or get them to have a go. Be aware that there will be some office workers that may want to lose weight and change their activity levels, but don’t have the confidence levels or outgoing nature that you do. Don’t body-shame, don’t assume your way is best and don’t show off.
How can you try and be more considerate to other workers in the workplace?
First of all, make sure to keep the exercise equipment under your own desk, in your own space. Don’t allow it to impact upon the work and efforts of others unless they ask to see it or try it. Try and be subtle about working out on these machines to keep distractions to a minimum. Also, keep the machine stored away when not in use.
This all raises the question of whether these machines are better suited to at-home workers than office environments.
Some will be completely against the idea of these machines in a shared space, while others will appreciate the efforts of an individual to a point. There is room for these under desk machines in an office environment with the right consideration and communication between workers. What you do in your own home office is up to you, but reign it in when working out in the office. Don’t rush out to buy a flashy, noisy machine that is only going to irritate all those around you.