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.
We have very intensely studied Feng Shui and found that many basic parts of Feng Shui are corresponding with ergonomics. The difference mainly is the kind of language used. While ergonomics is in scientific abstract language, Feng Shui describes complex psychological issues in an easy understandable picture like language.
To enhance collaboration also some structural methods of Feng Shui fit well to structure office.
Fast alles ist möglich mit unseren VitAcoustic® cassettes. Geringes Gewicht, 1,9kg/m², Brandschutz B1 und leichte Montage zeichnen unser Material aus. Durch Excenterbefestigung ist eine Millimetergenaue Ausrichtung gewährleistet.
Testimonial: Das ist wirklich sehr gelungen, und der Kunde ist voll zufrieden. Sieht gut aus, Besten Dank für die tolle Arbeit. Die Montage verlief einfach, alles wurde in ca. 4 Std. montiert, inkl. den grossen Wandabsorber.
5 years after the furnishing of Jungheinrichs new factory, Vital-Office is again the supplier for Jungheinrichs new HQ and SO. Green bamboo desks are chosen again. Rectangular desk tops with height adjustable bases are added new. And the ergonomic saddle like WEY-chair was choosen again, but in 3rd generation technique and design. Electric installation and plug-in possibilities from top of table and from below table top was a special concern. Acoustic partitions are especially made for height adjustable stand-up desks. The acoustic panel is lifted always by the highest table top. This ensures, that all sticky notes on the screens are always available to the users on both sides.
Acoustics "beautiful" design with small and large-scale high-absorbing acoustic absorbers in 19 standard colors. This makes acoustic absorbers a design element - without it costing more. You design with original colored vitAcoustic sound-absorbing felt panels. 100% pollutant-free, as the fibers are already manufactured in the colors. It is NOT painted and not soaked in color. vitAcoustic is Oekotex 100, emission class E0, fire class B1 and environmentally friendly recyclable. For this purpose, light yet highly absorbent in class B according to DIN EN ISO 11654.
With these absorber elements, the vitAcoustic panels are notched onto an inwardly offset frame. The thickness of the frame determines the cavity to the reverberant surface and thus the frequency-dependent absorption according to data sheet tables. You can choose between 50, 100 and 150mm frame thickness to set the absorption levels for lower and higher tones according to your needs. The frames are made of light balsa wood, so that these wall absorbers are very light despite their size about 10-15kg. The frames, as with the 3d frames, have a groove inside which fits into the Exzender wall hooks so that the frames can be safely and yet easily inserted and removed.
Ordering information: If you want a size other than the standard dimensions, select the size in which fits your desired measure and enter in the box below the desired size. This item will NOT charge extra for special sizes.
The time that people spend working in the office is a regular part of life that has impacts on people’s health. The office is a working environment with many physical and psychological demands, challenges, and stresses which have a long-term effect on the person working in an office. These demands, challenges, and stresses in offices can cause psychological problems and physical ailments. A meticulous and holistic design of the working environment, however, can promote creativeness and significantly contribute to the wellbeing of body and mind. This design also promotes productivity and innovation.
In the Vital-Office Concept (published as book) the objectives and influence factors of human stress-free and healthy Office design is defined. Among other things it is assumed that the value of our environment affects the quality of our work. The psychological factors involved are complex. ... The desk is a tool that allows you to work with ease and same time is influencing your long term health. It is the heart piece of office furniture.
The quality of our environment determines the quality of our work. This is well known today. So radically efficient, such as a clean city reduce the crime rate (see David Coleman "Social Intelligence" example of New York), so easily a quality furniture improves the mindfulness at work. The psychological factors are complex. But it is possible to observe yourself and get a feel for how an environment or furnishing affects you. Usually you will learn very spontaneously, what kind of work quality and productivity in this office can be achieved and which are not. The desk is a tool that allows you to work with ease and same time is influencing your long term health. It is the heart piece of office furniture.
In order for a room acoustic measure to be calculated and assessed realistically, well-founded acoustic physical basic knowledge and practical experience is appropriate. In particular, the initial values of reality must be determined accordingly. For sensitive areas, the measurement should be carried out professionally by an acoustic expert. Alternatively, at least a provisional measurement should be performed with a phone app repeatedly. The provisional measurement serves only as a guideline for the selection of the room materials and their absorption coefficients in the acoustic calculator. Basically, any calculation without professional measurements of the initial situation is hypothetical!
Low frequencies are absorbed differently than high frequencies. Glass surfaces (Windows) or a normal office cabinet made of chipboard in different thicknesses, when you hit the resonance of the deep tones, can act for the low frequencies absorbing. However, a correct calculation is hardly possible due to the lack of measured data of the objects. On the basis of a measurement, special depth absorbers (vibrating resonators) need to be specifically set.
The calculations are based on measured data from objects and materials. Some of these are listed in the DIN 18041 exemplary. Others are taken from various sources for their correctness and conformity with the actual existing object or material there is no guarantee.
Area is important-small elements, for example, are simply overlooked by lower frequencies due to the long wavelength. Even with a-class absorbers, an adequately large absorbing surface is required in relation to the size of the room. In communication rooms, absorbers on the ceiling are sparingly and consciously dealt with. Here is more of a reflection desired!
Vital-Office therefore recommends the use of flexible acoustically effective products. Acoustic products that are divisible and easy to install and can be easily removed if necessary. This makes the investment in acoustically effective products more sustainable, more economical and more effective. For example, the VitAcoustic 3d frames. The VitAcoustic 3d frames have additional positive acoustic properties (among others on the lower frequencies) through the nested bamboo solid wood frames.
P.S. in the table "VO01" of the acoustic calculator, example values for a conference room and in VO02 for a club room are entered according to the adjacent 360 degree panorama picture.
Contributors to the Project acoustic calculator:
We are happy to share the original Excel with a contributing community similar to an open source project. Interested parties are kindly asked to contact [email protected] by e-mail. Further development steps are:
Extension and addition of the material and object database, in particular measured values of standard furnishings or entire exemplary facilities by room size.
Extension by further calculation formulas (currently only Sabine was chosen) and their comparative comparison.
A large absorber area and at the same time the highest sound-absorbing values of Class A are usually only achieved by expensive large-scale wall or ceiling installations.
With vitAcoustic acoustic furniture, however, you get a mobile concept integrated in the office furniture that makes you less dependent on fixed installations.
This is because very practically sound-reflecting surfaces are replaced by sound-absorbing surfaces.