Workout device helps keep you active while on the job
By Alexa Helms, FOX 32 News
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
The average American spends about 8 hours sitting at their desks, but three University of Chicago graduates are trying find an answer to the sitting epidemic by getting you fit while you sit.
The device is called ‘Cubii.’ it's an under the desk elliptical trainer that helps you burn calories and get your blood flowing while you work.
“We realize that there's nothing designed for the office. I’ve used it while I was wearing dresses and I’m wearing heels right now,” said Shivani Jain, CMO of Fitness Cubed.
It's the brainchild of three friends who were students at the University of Chicago.
Arnav Dalmia, the CEO of Fitness Cubed, said that he came up with the idea because he couldn't afford a treadmill desk and his company wouldn't let him change the furniture in his office.
“The purpose of this is to keep you active while you're in the office. In no way is it trying to replace your gym time or your exercise time. Even if you go to the gym for 30 minutes a day, but if you’re sitting inactive for long periods of time, it's still unhealthy to you so that's what we're trying to change,” Dalmia said.
Jennifer Ventrelle is a certified personal trainer at the Rush University Prevention Center. She said that there's no harm in using the product, but she prefers for people to get up from their chairs and get moving.
“People said things like I don’t have time to leave my desk, I’m way too busy, but you also have to think about you're clarity and level of productivity when you’re sitting there typing all day strapped to your desk,” said Ventrelle.
The company said that you can burn up to 120 calories an hour depending on your speed and resistance, but on top of that, it could help your mind be more productive as well.
"It helps you work better. It's an outlet that helps you focus when you're working," Dalmia said.
In just 3 weeks, Fitness Cubed has raised $60,000 from pre-orders world-wide. They said anyone can benefit.
“Something we noticed was not just young people. Different age groups, a lot of older people who felt like their movement was restricted, because of knee problems also expressed interest,” Jain added.