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Surf Shelf: Cool or Not?

Many of us use the gym to escape from the office, but others skip it because they can't break away from their computers.

Surf Shelf ($60) is a new gadget that enables you to use cardio equipment while using your laptop. It's an interesting concept that definitely left me feeling like, "Why didn't I think of that?" I know a lot of people (i.e. my husband) who would love to be able to surf the web while burning a few calories on the stationary bike. Personally, I think I would use it to watch DVDs or TV shows because I can't even focus on reading while doing cardio, let alone playing around on my computer. What do you guys think? Is the Surf Shelf a cool fitness gadget or not?

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mammaELF mammaELF 8 years
Brilliant! I only have a couple hours a day to be on my computer so if I can walk on my treadmill at the same time I think it would be awesome! People now spend all day sitting in front of their computers and we wonder why there is an obesity problem?! Maybe they should get up and move at the same time. - Darn, now I can't complain about not having the time to work out.
alexask alexask 8 years
how much would life have to suck to need your laptop even during workout time?!
chicobo chicobo 8 years
Can you imagine toting that thing around with you on the gym? I have enough things to bring to the gym, let alone getting that hunk of plastic.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I watch TV while I do the elliptical, so I guess I could understand watching movies on it. However, there's no way I could type or surf the internet!
cdelaney cdelaney 8 years
this is ridiculous. aren't we dependent enough on technology as it is? besides, if you can browse on the internet while working out, you clearly aren't working out hard enough. geez!
juju4 juju4 8 years
I feel a little car sick if I try to use a cardio machine and read at the same time. I'd much rather turn up my music and just zone out.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't know how i feel about this one - i think that it could be ok for using the bike or something like that but if you'ee on the treadmill or the elliptical and you're surfing the web, i can't imagine that you would get a good work out. and besides that - if you can't unplug for even 30 minutes to an hour, then why are you at the gym anyway? it's like the people who are on their cellphones at the gym - that's one of my BIGGEST pet peeves.
brandi07 brandi07 8 years
I think it's a bad idea because I don't think it would really be possible to both focus on the internet and your exercise. Also, who wants to get their laptop all sweaty?
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
I see people reading books at the gym, mostly on the exercise bikes but sometimes on the weight machines! I feel sorry for them. They're barely moving, many are overweight and look so bored. I love going to the gym and sometimes just want to shake those people and tell them to snap out of it. Sorry, just made me think of this. No, leave the computer at home. I guarantee someone is eyeing it with theft on their mind and nobody needs that kind of stress. End of rant.
32miles 32miles 8 years
having a laptop while doing cardio is horrible. doing cardio is time to let loose. besides, i learned that most people who focus a task at a time are more productive than those who do multi tasking.
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
I work out to alievate stress (either on my body or mind) and bringing a computer to do work would be stressful for me & seems counter-productive.
CreateMagic CreateMagic 8 years
I think this is a great idea! I really hate doing cardio...I feel like a hamster on a wheel. I would love to be able to put on a video or watch some cheerleading clips while on the elliptical. The gym tv's always have the news on, and that doesn't usually hold my attention for very long.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i don't think it's ok to read, not to mention surf...
bri20135 bri20135 8 years
What about the whole "mind body" connection that's supposed to be done during exercising. Surfing the net, or working on your laptop while at the gym is counterproductive.
BuffBabyD BuffBabyD 8 years
I think you should be focusing on your workout and not a computer screen; plus it's hard enough to focus on a magazine while moving around, how would your eyes adjust to a computer screen??
KAT0002 KAT0002 8 years
I would be scared my laptop would fall off.
onesong onesong 8 years
i would love this for the days when i literally have to be available for an email (and a blackberry response won't cut it). this is awesome!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm with sparklestar, I would feel sorry for anyone using this. Seriously, just leave it alone for an hour.
yasume yasume 8 years
Now that would be a distraction. When I exercise, I am focused on getting a good workout and it is a stress reliever and an escape from the computer (like you said Francoisehardly).
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