Every doctor in the world recommends getting out of your chair frequently, but every boss in the world secretly wants you in your chair. (If you’re an office worker, that is, not a quarterback.) But bosses also know that productivity in the short term (intense work binges without breaks) can limit long-term productivity, especially due to the toll hard work takes on workers’ health. So smart businesses are trying to have it both ways, encouraging employees to mix their exercise directly in with concentrated work binges. High Octane Ride (HOR) fits the bill, promoting 40-second bursts of high-intensity exercise in slender ten-minute windows. Then, back to work.
HOR promotes research that says this kind of integrated, concentrated approach is as healthy as taking a nice long run. And HOR has the convenient benefit of keeping you closer to the business at hand. The HOR site actually dangles the holy grail of health promises: “Get Fit In Just Minutes A Week.” More soberly it claimse that its Cardovascular Optimization Logic — trademarked as CAROL™ — uses “scientifically proven protocol, (HOR) gives you the ability to exercise for the shortest possible time with the greatest benefits.” The equipment is centered on an exercise bike that comes with a privacy pod — and since its such a short workout, no “need to change or take a shower afterwards.” Just get back to business. The British bank Barclay’s is encouraging employees to HOR it up.
— FT How To Spend It (@htsi) January 14, 2016