Christoph Leonhard, Ph.D. ABPP
ist Professor an der Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana in den USA. Nach fünf Jahren als Dozent an der medizinischen Fakultät der Harvard Universität, folgte er einem Ruf nach Chicago wo er seit 2009 im Rahmen seiner Forschung auf dem Gebiet der Verhaltensmedizin elliptische Sitzergometer zur Vermeidung von Bewegungsmangel bei Büroarbeit entwickelt. Die Hauptaspekte der von ihm entwickelten Technologie sind mehrfach patentrechtlich in Deutschland und international geschützt.
ActiveLife Trainer und das von uns patentierte Konzept zur Bewegungsförderung und Wellness im Büro hat ein beachtliches Echo in den Medien hervorgerufen. Hier finden sie Pressestimmen zu activeLife Trainer und den damit durchgeführten Studien, die die Wirksamkeit belegen.
In der Entwicklung von activeLife Trainer stand von Anfang an die Bekämpfung von Bewegungsmangel im Vordergrund. Wir haben uns mit unseren Forschungsprojekten sowohl auf Primärprävention bei Büroangestellten aber auch auf Sekundärprävention bei Menschen mit Übergewicht konzentriert. Fachartikel und weitere Quellenangaben zu diesem Thema finden Sie auf http://www.vital-office.de/activelifetrainer. Da aber Bewegungsförderung auch in der Tertiärprävention / Reha oft indiziert ist, ist es in der Tat so, dass Patienten diesen elliptischen Untertischergometer in den USA und anderen Ländern häufig auch für Rehabilitations Zwecke verwenden. Dabei ist immer wichtig Rücksprache mit ihrem Arzt halten, bevor Sie ein Programm zur Bewegungsförderung beginnen.
Before you begin to use your new Active Motion Seating Machine, please unpack and assemble it. Then you’re ready to place it in a convenient location under your desk and / or in front of an armchair or other chair. For your safety and enjoyment, please be sure to read, follow, and understand all the instructions in this manual.
Every activeLife Trainer comes equipped with a fully Android and Apple iOS compatible smart sensor operating under the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard. This makes it compatible with many fitness wristbands and any Android or Apple smartphone or tablet sold in the last few years. The BLE smart sensor implements the international open standard interface for bicycle speed and cadence so users can track their workouts on this under-desk mini elliptical exercise machine using dozens of free exercise apps such as Wahoo Fitness or Cateye Cycling. Such tracking of activeLife Trainer workouts is often key to keeping users actively engaged because, over time, the workout numbers get really impressive! Many activeLife Trainer users “walk” hundreds of miles per year burning tens of thousands extra calories. That’s why the smart sensor in activeLife Trainer matters … a lot!
One internationally patented feature that’s unique to activeLife Trainer is the office-chair connection plate with its four openings. But what’s the point? Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every force, there is an equal force in the opposing direction. Applied to physical exercise on a mini elliptical or mini cycle, this means that if you push your feet against it - which you’ll do automatically when you use it - the machine will push back at you with an equal force. And if you sit on an office chair with wheels, as soon as you use such a mini machine, in no time at all, you’ll find yourself propelled away from the exercise machine. But by hooking one of the office chair wheels into one of the four connection plate openings, users of activeLife trainer avoid this common problem because the chair securely connects to allow hours of healthy and trouble free use.
For thousands of years, human work naturally involved physical movement. Ailments such as high blood pressure and diabetes are virtually unknown in hunting and gathering societies, but modern humans are at great risk of developing them. ActiveLife Trainer’s product philosophy is to restore the freedom of physical movement in modern office work settings. With activeLife Trainer, office workers can leisurely stroll through the work day. This under desk elliptical exercise machine’ has a product design which pays tribute to the ancient “Yin-Yang” symbol which signifies overcoming seeming contradictions to signal the symbiosis of mental and physical activity.
What quality markers does activeLife Trainer have? Is this a basic home-use mini elliptical? Is it built to 'light commercial' exercise machine standards? Actually, despite its compact dimensions, activeLife Trainer is an under-desk elliptical trainer which is 100% built to commercial exercise machine quality standards.Its frame is fully welded from thick gauge steel, top quality ball bearings are used throughout, and to minimize noise, roller wheels run on sound absorbing pads. ActiveLife Trainer also has the type of high tech features usually only found on commercial grade machines, including a fully iPhone and Android compatible Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensor which also works with many fitness tracking wristbands .
ActiveLifeTrainer - FAQ questions and answers:
You have questions about activeLife Trainer™? We have answers! Worried about whether you are in good enough shape for a workout at your desk? Wondering if you might sweat using activeLife Trainer™ at work? Wondering if using activeLife Trainer™ might be bad for your joints? … or whether you might lose weight using activeLife Trainer™? … here are the answers:
Christoph Leonhard, Ph.D. ABPP
is professor of clinical psychology specializing in behavioral medicine at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. After five years as an instructor at Harvard Medical School he accepted a professorship in Chicago where he has been researching and developing seated elliptical exercise machines to help sedentary office workers to be active at work. The main aspects of his developments are protected by international patents including in the US, China, and Germany.
The efficacy of the elliptical exercise machines developed by Dr. Leonhard, such as activeLife Trainer™, has been proven in several independent scientific studies at well known universities and research institutes in Germany, the US, and the Netherlands. Please find a reference list below:
Since 2012 numerous studies, including at German research institutes, have tested the effectiveness of our elliptical under-desk exercise machines and have shown that these devices sustainably reduce sedentary time. For details, please see the references to scientific publications below.
Additionally, for the last number of years, we have worked with various stakeholders in developing this, the third generation of elliptical under-desk exercise machines. Among others, we had over 100 international ergonomists from Germany, the US and about 25 other countries try out our machines to give us feedback and suggestions. These have been incorporated into the engineering of this new generation active Life Trainer.
Finally, in this article, we’re addressing some of the differences between activeLife TrainerTM, our elliptical under-desk machine, and treadmill desks which have become popular in the US in the past few years.