Aquabike to Aqua-desk!

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You heard it here first! Aqua-desk is a thing! I just invented it!

I have to admit that Aquabike inspired me to find even more biking time, which led to my invention.

You’ve probably heard about walking desks, that allow you to walk on a very slow moving treadmill while you work at your computer. They are very expensive, plus I do a lot of typing. I don’t see how it would be easy to walk and type at the same time. However, I got an idea. It was inspired by my love of Aquabike. 

I wondered if I could combine my stationary bike with a desk–without hurting myself! The goal: Be able to write and bike at the same time. See how it turned out below!

It took buying a medical rolling table for $69 to make it work. It was the only writing desk I could find locally that was tall enough, as it can go up to 40 inches/100cm. Most writing desks are 28 inches/70 cm, although you can probably find one tall enough if you’re willing to order it and wait. I didn’t want to wait, so I found a local medical supply store and put it all together in one afternoon.

Want to try this yourself?

I thought of a much easier way to create your own Aquabike-inspired pedaling combo at home. You need a set of pedaling wheels, which you can find at Target for around $40 and a sofa writing desk, either the one like a tray table or a free standing version. I’ve seen both at Walmart between $17 and $40. (I’ve also seen the pedaling wheels much cheaper, but I would recommend finding a good pair, since you don’t want something too flimsy that might not stay stationary, as you use it.)

Combine the pedals and your new desk with your favorite chair or sofa, and you’re good to go!  I might have to create a second workout space when I want to write, pedal and watch television. 

The benefits are amazing! I love being able to do my work along with a mini-workout. On a typical session, I get at least an hour workout. And I use my new Aqua-desk two times a day! The extra workout really ads up! Normally, I’d just be stuck in a chair at my desk. Trust me, I don’t need any more sedentary, ‘couch potato’ time.

Of course, I’d love to find a way to add water to this setup, so I’d get the same kind of low-impact workout that you get with Aquabike. My knees would thank me, but I don’t think my laptop would survive. For now, my Aqua-desk is just a gentle workout in-between the high-energy but low-impact workouts I get at Aquabike. Thing is… when I work at my new desk it always makes me want to get back to another Aquabike class, but that’s a good thing.

I love how Aquabike helps me improve my lifestyle in and out of the pool! If you setup your own Aqua-desk, please let me know in the comments and share pictures! I’d love to see what you’ve created!

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