Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Studio Equipment: Peddler

-By Dan dos Santos

This is probably the most mundane piece of studio equipment I will share here, yet it's probably one of the most important.

One of the major problems with working from home (in a small studio), is that you don't get a whole lot of exercise unless you specifically go out of your way to do so. I used to drive to my studio, walk up four flights of stairs, roam around a spacious studio, walk to the cafe to get lunch, etc. All of that little walking added up and kept me fairly fit.

But for the past 6 years, I've worked from home, and I have undoubtedly felt the ill-effects of it. Now my exercise consists solely of swiveling my chair from my easel to my computer.

I know I'm should get out, go for a walk, and take a break every 30 minutes to stretch... but who really does that? The sad truth is, when you freelance 70 hours a week and have kids, stuff like 'going for walks' just doesn't happen like it should.

After years of sitting at the easel, I started to develop really bad knee and ankle problems. My tendons started to atrophy, and then when I did go out for a jog or something, I would end up injuring myself. Initially, I tried standing while I work to alleviate this, but my floor is concrete and that wreaks havoc on my body in a whole different way.

The solution that finally helped me is this silly contraption.


I keep this under my computer desk, and whenever I'm doing something that doesn't require a delicate touch (like writing this blog post, for instance), I just pedal away. It's great! It's actually pretty fun, and I find myself doing it quite regularly.

If you have a really low desk, you'll probably bang your knees beneath it. So I just slide back a bit, and pull my keyboard out.

I know it's essentially the human version of a hamster wheel, but boy does it help!

The device is only about $30 on Amazon, and is money well spent in my opinion.

14 comments:

  1. I have one of these! One of the best gifts I've ever received.

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  2. its so tough your days of most work productivity are usually the days you have least physical activity. i've been trying to remind myself to undock my laptop and stand somewhere when i'm doing email and things like that, but it's no good when you have to get into "the zone"

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    1. I know. We have the best job, in that we could work from anywhere. I could literally do my job sitting on a beach in Bali. But do I? No. Instead I sit here under fluorescent lights seeing the sun just a few days a week. So stupid.

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  3. This is my first year going full freelance, working from home with kids and drawing in PS all day every day. I've already noticed my body starting to atrophy, and getting out of the house with two kids' nap schedules is almost impossible. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. One of these would be great for work! I'm always a little concerned of how much time I spend sitting at the computer throughout the day with no circulation happening in the legs. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Dan, you may consider writing a book called "Living Life as an Artist."

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    1. Ugh, I think if anyone read that, they would NEVER want to be an artist.

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  6. Ive thought about this as well! Are these things very loud? I work in a studio and wouldnt want to bother anybody nearby.

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    1. They are pretty much silent. Just a slight 'whirring' sound from you peddling is all.

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  7. Thanks for sharing Dan, nice to hear I'm not the only one with these issues.

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  8. I just drink lots of fluids so I have to get up and pee often. Plus a studio upstairs doesn't hurt.

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  9. Omg. This is brilliant. I can just see any of us peddling away! This is will be super helpful for my digital work! Though I stand at my easel and listen to pop music and shimmy as I draw. But that's a whole new issue.... Thanks for sharing!!!

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