Flex your muscles at work with the new OfficeGym


We all know that to maintain a healthy lifestyle we should eat healthily and exercise regularly but who has the time or energy to go to the gym these days? Our lifestyles consist of work, sleep and food, there’s no room for an hourly gym session.

For office workers it’s even more difficult to remain healthy as they spend 90% of their day sitting, it’s exhausting! Combine this with a whole day staring at a computer screen, copious cups of tea and you have the recipe for an unhealthy, lethargic worker. That is not exactly what you want for yourself or for your employees. It’s unproductive and demotivating.OfficeGym

If you don’t have time to exercise in your ‘free’ time then how about exercising in the office? I don’t mean setting a treadmill up and frantically running as you answer phone calls, now that would be ridiculous and could cause serious injury. I’m talking about the idea behind OfficeGym which is a piece of exercise equipment which can be attached to chairs with backrests measuring between 30cm and 80cm using a Velcro strap. The actual exercise equipment consists of a pulley on either side of the chair. You can use these pulleys in either an up or down position to carry out various exercises whether they be routines for the chest, back, arms, legs or abs. Pretty impressive for a small piece of equipment. Also, it takes up no extra room in the office and can therefore be used in the smallest of spaces. Get those muscles flexing, there’s no more excuses!

So next time you’re feeling a bit restless or stressed just take a few minutes to work out using the OfficeGym. Not only does exercise have long lasting health benefits which prevents us from developing diseases in the future but exercise makes you feel better (although you may not feel like it at the time). It releases endorphins which will make you feel happier and a happy person will perform better at work, it’s a no brainer. As a result this new gadget will improve productivity at work.

It’s a clever idea, although there are similar alternatives. Priced at €149 though, it might be kinder to our wallets to take regular walks throughout the day, as long as you’re not walking to get another biscuit that is!

About the author 

Pete Baikins

Pete Baikins is an international authority on gamification, a lifelong gamer, successful entrepreneur and a lecturer. As CEO of Gamification+ Ltd he mentors and trains companies world-wide on the use of gamification to solve business challenges. Gamification+ won the Board of Trade Award from the UK's Department of International Trade in January 2019.

Pete is co-host of the health gamification podcast Health Points and is also Chair of Gamification Europe, the annual conference for Gamification practitioners.

Pete is an Honorary Ambassador for GamFed (International Gamification Confederation), having previously been the Chair from 2014 to February 2019, whose aim is to spread best practices within and support the gamification industry.

After 15 years as a Lecturer on gamification and entrepreneurship at the University of Brighton he now guest lectures on Gamification at King’s College London and at ESCP Europe at post-graduate and under-graduate levels.

Over the past 20 years Pete has built and sold two businesses. One was in security software and the more recent one was a telecoms and internet connectivity business. He is also an Ambassador for Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

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