Could This Change Your Workday?

The new desk accessory everyone is talking about. 

Photo by Christopher Baker

This article originally appeared on MIMI

It's so easy to hit a slump in the work day when you've been sedentary in your office chair for hours on end, which is why so many are proponents of standing desks or those newfangled treadmill desks.

But now there's a new apparatus in office fitness that could breathe new life into your work day–the pedal desk.

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who used portable pedaling devices at their desk showed signs of weight loss, improved concentration and a decrease in sick days as opposed to colleagues who didn't use them or even simply pedaled less.

In an interview with Digital Trends, the study's lead researcher Lucas Carr said the design is important when considering how often a person will use the pedaling machine and he recognizes that the concept isn't ideal for everyone.

"It's a great idea in theory, but it doesn't work over the long haul for most people," he says.

Of course the purchase could just be worth the look on accounting's face when you file your expense report for a portable pedaling device.