BATTERY-POWERED BIKE CONVERSION WHEEL Riding a bike is great—for many reasons. Good exercise, save on gas, avoid traffic jams, take in the view and more. But now there’s an even better reason, and bikers— especially urban bikers—are flocking to it. The FlyKly Smart Wheel and Superpedestrian’s The Copenhagen Wheel are devices that can turn almost any bike into a motor-powered ride. Just replace your rear wheel with the motor-powered wheel. The wheel hub houses the motor and GPS electronics that all connect using an app for your smartphone. Essentially, this small engine can push you along at a top speed of 20 miles per hour and a distance of up to 30 miles—all without pedaling and using the energy stored in the motor. Mount your smartphone on the handlebars and select your desired speed—the powerized wheel does the rest. You still pedal, but you’ll have the boost provided by the motor set to your selected speed. The real beauty is in the smartphone app technology which can track your ride, tell you where you went, how long it took to get there and calories you burned. Photo courtesy of FlyKly What’s trending TREADMILL & STANDING DESKS Sitting for long periods of time—especially for individuals who work behind a desk— can cause a myriad of health issues or “sitting disease.” Extended sessions of inactivity has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain, neck and back pain. Many corporate wellness programs are now offering treadmill or standing desks. This concept was introduced several years ago, but companies and supervisors were concerned about production dropping. But a new study suggests just the opposite, and these workstations are now popping up everywhere. Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota found that treadmill workstation users’ performance and productivity improved over the course of a year, and they burned 74 more calories per day, on average, than they did before using the devices. Photo courtesy of LifeSpan Once people got the hang of it, they felt more motivated and focused. Additionally, those using either the treadmill or standing desk claim they feel better, have less pain and feel less tired at the end of the day. It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying this may be the answer of the future—the ability to walk, stand or sit while performing your job. Your health just may depend on it.