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A Kmart shopper has been applauded online after sharing their clever hack to combine exercising while working from home.
The woman posted a video in a popular Facebook group, showing herself peddling a mini exercise bike (similar one available here) while she works at her desk.
“This mini exercise bike may not be OHS compliant but it’s by far the best WFH $29 investment from Kmart!” they captioned the post.
The handy piece of equipment can be used for feet or hands and features an LCD screen to display time, calories, count and RPM.
“Exercise comfortably, sitting on your regular chair, settee or floor with this easy-to-use mini exercise bike,” Kmart’s website reads.
Reviews for the product online say that it’s great to help you lose weight on your arms and legs, and “perfect for exercise while watching TV or reading a book”.
Members of the Facebook group also praised the item, with many saying they “need to buy it ASAP”.
“This would be great when you are studying and doing assignments,” one person commented, with another adding, “this would get us fit in remote learning”.
“It’s very good,” someone else shared. “I just had a knee replacement. Doctor and physio used it in the hospital and I have one so I’ve kept using it. Can’t go around on the bike at physio but can with this.”
Others have remarked that it would be difficult for them to use the exercise bike while sitting at a desk like the woman in the video.
“It's impossible to pedal and type at the same time,” one user replied. “I cannot focus on both tasks at once.”
“I feel like this would be the same struggle as rubbing your head and patting your tummy,” another added.
“I’d probably smash my knees on the desk,” a third person wrote.
A different shopper shared their opinion of the product, saying: “It’s squeaky and annoying to use and you definitely won’t end up using it, I can guarantee that”.
If you're looking to get fit in lockdown, there are a heap of exercise bikes with stellar reviews online.
Best for resistance training: Fortis Magnetic Flywheel Spin Bike, $239
This bike has magnetic resistance, instead of traditional friction wheels, which allows for smoother pedalling than traditional friction flywheels. This sort of resistance training also helps build strength, anaerobic endurance and muscle growth. Quiet, and easy to use, this is a great budget option with lots of benefits.
Best for spin class junkies: Everfit Spin bike, $219.95
If you're missing your gym spin classes, this is a good alternative. It has adjustable resistance, a extra thick padded seat, a silent belt drive system, non-slip pedals, and an LCD monitor so you can program your own spin classes to do at home. It's perfect for high intensity workouts - so there's no excuse to not get moving.
Best for comfort: NordicTrack VR19 Recumbent Exercise Bike, $799
This ergonomically designed bike means you're able to sit in an oversized seat, which can be good for people with back issues. It includes 24 in-built workout apps, an auto breeze fan to keep you cool while working out, iPod compatible audio, grip pulse so you can work at your target heart rate and a lifetime warranty.
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