Desk cycling

I recently noticed that my scales are telling me I’m heavier than I really am. It’s like the problem of clothes shrinking while hanging in the wardrobe. I think it’s because I’m not cycling as much as I used to. The kids are too big for Busby and we walk most places now. This is why I’ve been campaigning for bike paths in Aberdeen – it’s too dangerous for children to cycle around and now I’m losing the health benefits of cycling because we’re forced to walk instead.

I decided to teach my scales a lesson and for the past week I’ve been cycling at my desk. It’s not the same as cycling outside but it’s better than sitting on my arse doing nothing.IMG_9826.jpg


It has 8 settings but 1 is too easy and 8 is too hard. I generally keep it at around 3 or 4. If I want some strength training then I’ll set it to 5 or 6 for a short period. If I just want the movement then I’ll put it at 3 and pedal for longer. I don’t use it all day but I’d like to get into the habit of pedalling for 2 hours. Luckily it tells me how much cycling I’ve done so I simply reset it each morning as an easy way to keep track. It’s heavy and doesn’t shift around on the floor. The resistance is also very good and this is coming from a cyclist who is used to pedalling 100kg uphill.

Obviously I’d rather go cycling outdoors but when you work full-time and have kids to look after at the end of the day there are limited opportunities. If I go out somewhere by myself I still always ride. But when I’m taking the kids somewhere now we have to walk.