Mini-stepper or mini-elliptical for cubicle?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

As an animal on the cube farm, I sit most of the day. I've tried standing at my desk, but just standing is no fun--I need to be moving. Has anyone tried a mini-stepper or mini-elliptical? What's your opinion of it? I would use it mainly during conference calls.



on December 30, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Air squats are great, but I'm looking for slow & steady that I can do for 30 min. Also something that won't result in my headset comically ripping off.

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on December 29, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I work at home and I have both a treadmill desk (crappy treadmill), and a mini-stepper desk. I prefer the walking motion to the stepping motion, but there are some advantages to the stepper. It's much quieter (than my loud craigslist treadmill), it's much more portable, and it's much cheaper new. I imagine it would also be much less obtrusive in an office situation.

Another nice thing about the stepper is that you can just stop stepping anytime you like, whereas you would have to adjust the controls on a treadmill. When I really have to think about something hard I find that I stop stepping and just stand there. When I'm doing something that requires less thought I find my legs stepping of their own accord. The stepper is not quite as a treadmill, but I like it a lot.

I thought about getting a mini-elliptical on sale but didn't end up pulling the trigger, so I can't compare the two.

I say go for it!


on December 29, 2012
at 08:16 PM

A few of my colleagues have purchased under-desk pedal machines for less than $40 so that they can stay active while working at their desks. They don't get you out of your seat, but it's a step in the right direction!

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