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Update on DeskCycle Ellipse usage

January 1, 2021

Back in mid-November 2020, my DeskCycle Ellipse arrived and I started using it (details: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2020/11/26/attempting-to-combat-a-very-sedentary-lifestyle/).

So, after 6 weeks, how’s it going?

  • I still really don’t notice myself using it—it’s where my footrest used to be and I just cycle on it steadily all day when I’m at my computer.
  • After 2 weeks on Level 1, I went to Level 2, and after another 2 weeks to Level 3. I’ll probably switch to Level 4 in a week or so.
  • My stats are impressive (for sedentary me!), but I’ve noticed NO difference in eating or sleeping patterns, and my weight has decreased by *maybe* 2 kg. I say ‘maybe’ because my weight has always fluctuated up to 2 kg from day to day when weighing myself under the same conditions each morning. At best, I would say I may have lost 1 kg, which, if the stats are to be believed, is a very small amount for the energy I’ve expended (see screenshots below). Weight loss was never the aim, but I had an expectation that it may occur.
  • I have noticed that my lower legs are a bit stronger.
  • As expected, doing the equivalent of 250,000 steps per month hasn’t been hard to achieve, and in 41 days I did more than half a million revolutions.

I’ll likely give you an update again in a few months time. Meantime, here are screenshots of my stats, as at 31 December 2020.

Table of monthly totals for the first two months of use

Monthly totals for the first two months of use. Note: I didn’t start using it until mid-November 2020.

Statistics of 'all time' totals for number of days, calories burned while pedalling, equivalent distances (cycling and steps), equivalent steps, number of revolutions, and number of minutes spent using the machine

Statistics of ‘all time’ totals for number of days, calories burned while pedalling, equivalent distances (cycling and steps), equivalent steps, number of revolutions, and number of minutes spent using the machine

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