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How to stay active at work

11 ways to burn calories at your desk

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Prioritizing your health and staying active may seem impossible if you have an office job, but fear not — your workout doesn’t have to come before or after the workday anymore. Here are 11 products that can improve your health and let you exercise at your desk.

Portable strength training gym

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • 3-year warranty
  • Free OYO coaching app for iPhone users

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This OYO portable gym with SpiraFlex resistance technology gives you the ability to squeeze in a full-body, free-weight workout in between conference calls. SpiraFlex’s innovative weights have up to 25 pounds of resistance and are used by NASA to help astronauts stay fit in zero gravity.

Resistance bands

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Anti-snap guarantee
  • Combinable for custom weight tension

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Resistance bands are go-to workout gear for people who exercise at the office or on-the-go. The Tribe Resistance Bands set comes with ankle straps, handles and a door anchor. Tone your legs, core, arms or any other body part with these colorful anti-snap latex exercise bands.

Neoprene dumbbell weights

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Great for resistance training
  • Indoor/outdoor use

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This multi-hued neoprene dumbbell set has dumbbells in the 2-, 3- and 5-pound range and lets you curl a little bit of iron in between meetings or before you head out to lunch.

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Noom

  • Customizable weight loss programs
  • Work with a personal support coach

If tracking exercise and meals is a struggle, try using an app like Noom. Noom is a personalized weight loss app that gives you access to personal training and meal-tracking programs. Noom’s Healthy Weight program has four stages: learning, practicing, advanced learning and mastery. Throughout the Healthy Weight program, you get feedback and advice from peers and your personal support coach.

Force Factor

  • Supplements for every workout style
  • Boost brain health

Vitamins and supplements can be an integral part of your daily fitness routine. Force Factor’s nutrition supplements are formulated to build muscle, but they also have products designed to boost brain health. The company’s line of probiotics is designed to promote healthy digestion and replenish good bacteria.

Stability balance disc

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  • Dual massage service
  • Great for multi-purpose workouts

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Blast your core with this King Athletic stability disk. This robust piece of inflatable rubber makes your body unstable and forces you to exercise your core and back muscles to maintain your posture.

Yoga balance ball chair

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  • Anti-burst ball
  • 12-month warranty

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A yoga ball chair is an easy-to-use piece of equipment for exercise while sitting at your desk. The effort to maintain your position and posture on the ball is a great low-impact abdominal workout.

Below-the-desk cycle pedal

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Works with low desks
  • 5-function LCD

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Pedal your heart out while answering emails and calls by setting up a stationary cycle pedal under your desk. This cycle pedal lets you track how many calories you’ve burned, your distance and your time. It comes with eight levels of resistance and a silent running mode so you don't disturb co-workers.

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NordicTrack

  • Variety of home fitness equipment
  • iFit coaching membership

If you work from home or have a private office, investing in a large piece of workout equipment like a NordicTrack treadmill or elliptical could keep you from ever paying gym membership fees again. NordicTrack’s low-impact exercise equipment is a great option for people with bad knees, and you can get quality fitness classes in the comfort of your own home with their iFit personal training program.

Under-the-desk treadmill

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Arrives fully assembled
  • Worry-free warranty

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If you've already invested in a standing desk, you can further boost its health benefits with a Rebel Treadmill Under Desk Treadmill. Tuck this silent-running lightweight treadmill with a walking speed that ranges between 0.5 and 2.0 mph beneath your standing desk and add some cardio to your work routine.

Inspirational stress balls

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Set of three
  • Made of soft foam

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If you don't want to deal with a massive yoga ball at the office, opt for a set of inspirational stress balls. Exercise your fingers, reduce your fidgeting and squeeze your anxiety away with these stress-reducing orbs that let you put motivational sayings like “life is a journey, not a race" in the palm of your hand.

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.