Extraordinary Health Magazine Extraordinary Health Vol 22 | Page 10
BATTERY-POWERED BIKE CONVERSION WHEEL
Riding a bike is great—for many reasons. Good exercise,
save on gas, avoid traffic jams, take in the view and more.
But now there’s an even better reason, and bikers—
especially urban bikers—are flocking to it.
The FlyKly Smart Wheel and Superpedestrian’s
The Copenhagen Wheel are devices that can turn
almost any bike into a motor-powered ride. Just replace
your rear wheel with the motor-powered wheel.
The wheel hub houses the motor and GPS electronics
that all connect using an app for your smartphone.
Essentially, this small engine can push you along
at a top speed of 20 miles per hour and a distance
of up to 30 miles—all without pedaling and using
the energy stored in the motor.
Mount your smartphone on the handlebars and select your
desired speed—the powerized wheel does the rest. You still
pedal, but you’ll have the boost provided by the motor set to
your selected speed. The real beauty is in the smartphone app
technology which can track your ride, tell you where you went,
how long it took to get there and calories you burned.
Photo courtesy of FlyKly
TREADMILL & STANDING DESKS
Sitting for long periods of time—especially for individuals who work behind a desk—
can cause a myriad of health issues or “sitting disease.” Extended sessions
of inactivity has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high
blood pressure, weight gain, neck and back pain.
Many corporate wellness programs are now offering treadmill
or standing desks. This concept was introduced several years ago,
but companies and supervisors were concerned about production
dropping. But a new study suggests just the opposite, and these workstations
are now popping up everywhere.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Mayo Clinic and the
University of Minnesota found that treadmill workstation users’ performance and
productivity improved over the course of a year, and they burned 74 more calories
per day, on average, than they did before using the devices.
Photo courtesy of LifeSpan
Once people got the hang of it, they felt more motivated and focused.
Additionally, those using either the treadmill or standing desk claim they
feel better, have less pain and feel less tired at the end of the day.
It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying this may be the answer
of the future—the ability to walk, stand or sit while performing your job.
Your health just may depend on it.