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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12453494

Portable pedal machines could be used in every office to improve the health of workers, according to scientists in the US.

The researchers, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, said sedentary lifestyles were a serious health problem.

They argue that small exercise bikes could be a cheap solution.

Charity Weight Concern said improving the health of workers would also benefit employers' bottom lines.

Hours spent sat a desk staring into a computer screen is not an alien experience for many office workers.

Physical inactivity has been linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Previous attempts at increasing the health of workers have involved hooking a treadmill up to an office computer.

Now researchers at East Carolina University are investigating mini exercise bikes, which can be used while sat at a desk.

During a small study with 18 workers, they assessed how feasible it would be for the bikes to be introduced.

On average, the workers each used the machine on 12 out of the 20 days of the study and pedalled for 23 minutes at a time.

In a questionnaire, the workers said they would use the machine regularly at work if they were offered one by their employer.

They researchers said: "Portable pedal machines may serve as a tool to reduce sedentary times in the work environment without necessarily influencing the sitting time necessary for performing computer-related tasks."

The authors note that the novelty factor of having an exercise bike did wear off so additional motivation would be needed to keep employees using them. :lol: (getting paid, presumably)

Dr Ian Campbell, of Weight Concern, said: "It's increasingly being recognised that employers have an opportunity to provide options for staff to become more active during the working day.

"In principle this is a good idea, and relatively inexpensive. If used regularly not only would individuals benefit, but employers would see reduced absenteeism and improved performance and job satisfaction.

"However, it's not for everyone and I was concerned that, not surprisingly, use of the pedal machine decreased gradually over the one month trial period as enthusiasm waned."

Linked directly into the Nationwide house price index and Bob Diamond's bonus.

Pedal faster you dissident proles!

Got to keep feeding the banksters.

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Human body doing nothing, is rated at about 100 watts with the brain taking 20 watts of that.

On the gym cycle machine, I can sustain 130-150 watts with peak power approaching 250-300 watts. Would keep a few energy light bulbs going at home. I assume that will be on top of my basal energy usage.

Sadly that equates to over 600 kcals, which is quite a bit of food, though not quite a Mac D "Big Breakfast " an hour.

Edited by Sir John Steed

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Human body doing nothing, is rated at about 100 watts with the brain taking 20 watts of that.

On the gym cycle machine, I can sustain 130-150 watts with peak power approaching 250-300 watts. Would keep a few energy light bulbs going at home. I assume that will be on top of my basal energy usage.

Sadly that equates to over 600 kcals, which is quite a bit of food, though not quite a Mac D "Big Breakfast " an hour.

I'm guessing that you're only considering mechanical output here. Obviously, the human body also generates a substantial amount of extra heat when working hard, which means you can turn the office heating down too.

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Human body doing nothing, is rated at about 100 watts with the brain taking 20 watts of that.

On the gym cycle machine, I can sustain 130-150 watts with peak power approaching 250-300 watts. Would keep a few energy light bulbs going at home. I assume that will be on top of my basal energy usage.

Sadly that equates to over 600 kcals, which is quite a bit of food, though not quite a Mac D "Big Breakfast " an hour.

If you pedalled for a whole 40 hour work week at 150 watts output.. that would equate to 6 kilowatt hours of electrical output(if 100% was captured). 6 kilowatt hours of output wholesales for about £0.30.

Thats why people are dead wrong that we can go back to a human/animal powered world.

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If you pedalled for a whole 40 hour work week at 150 watts output.. that would equate to 6 kilowatt hours of electrical output(if 100% was captured). 6 kilowatt hours of output wholesales for about £0.30.

Thats why people are dead wrong that we can go back to a human/animal powered world.

Yes I thought human labour converted to electricity tariff was incredibly cheap. Just goes to show how cheap oil energy, when measured in terms of human slaves.

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Wont happen. Fat people are like gods in the US.

Not surprised, they are like huge storage batteries. Lots of fuel to exploit there. Each lb of fat is what? 2000 kcal? That's about 3 hours on the old exercise bike.

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Work til you drop and then use the bodies as fuel?

2 pounds of fat is about a litre of oil. A barrel of oil that sells for 85$ US has 160 litres I believe.

So a person with 50 pounds of bodyfat, that is 13.25$ worth of oil:).

The meat on a person might be useful for dog food or fish food. The skin might be made into leather, that might be the most valueable part.

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