My New Social Media Fitness Desk

Are you struggling to balance your business and health?

Do you wish you could find more time for exercise without impacting your productivity?

Well I may have found the answer for you!

Now let me start by saying that this post is way off track from the awesome social media tips for small business that I normally share (I will resume with normal service after this), but it so incredibly important to me and the health of my business that I just had to share. So if it's not for you, feel free to read another one of the 100 or so social media posts I have written instead.

Exercise Bike Desk Workstation

For those of you that are still with me, I want to tell you the measures I am taking to get back control of my health and ultimately the health of my business.

For those that aren't aware of my background, when I started Impactiv8 I was a mad fitness freak, working out most days and eating fairly clean.  I say “fairly” clean as food has always been my friend/enemy.

Determined to make a success of my new business, I have been working incredibly hard and long hours consuming content, producing content, attracting great clients, servicing those clients needs and achieving awesome results. As a result, I am incredibly proud of and happy with how far I have come in such a short period of time – kind of…

Unfortunately with the massive workload that comes with running a business that is growing at such a face pace, something had to give. When writing my bio a few months into starting Impactiv8 I replaced the “fitness freak” title with “recovering fitness freak”. It seemed kind of quirky to do so at the time, but some 20 months down the track changing that title to the more appropriate description of “sloth” is not so quirky and not something I am not at all keen to do. Instead, I recognise that I need to make changes.

I recognise that becoming a fitness freak again or morphing into whoever the healthy version of Nigela Lawson is, is just not going to happen for me in the short-term. Instead, I am applying business principles to my health. As a first step, I have looked for what incremental changes I can make that have the potential to yield the biggest results, without impacting on my productivity.

First came the food. I have signed up to and are receiving cooked meals through (and that is not a plug, I have no affiliation with them at all). I have chosen not to eat these for every meal. Instead, I have a constant supply of healthy meals in the freezer to eat as a quick and healthy lunch option and as my “take-away” option when the family chooses to get take-away. I recognise that this in isolation is not the answer, but a small step in the right direction.

What really needs to change is my new sedentary lifestyle that has come with spending so much time in front of a computer. Now THIS is by far the hardest bit, as I love what I do and wish there were more hours in the day to do what I do! If the past 20 months have taught me anything, then it is that I am not willing to give this up either. This is where my new intention came in. I call it my new #socailmedia #fitness #desk.

My New #SocialMedia #Fitness #Desk

This is an idea I have been kicking around for a while now, but like most things, just haven't had time to implement. This weekend I FINALLY made myself find the time and words cannot explain how excited I am that I did!

And here's how I did it (again, no affiliates with any of the companies mentioned)…

A quick trip to IKEA to buy four $25 legs and a $19 coffee table (just for the table top) were my first steps in making this dream come true. I followed this up with $8 worth of screws from Bunnings and some Araldite glue from the garage for extra strength. These were my ingredients of choice, combined with the most important ingredient, which was a recliner seat exercise bike that I already had and have been using most recently as a clothes horse. An hour or so of screwing the legs in and watching the glue dry and my project was complete!

No strike that, my project was just about to start!!!

For anyone interested in doing something similar, here's a cheat sheet of how I did it below.

Exercise Bike Desk

Of course the first thing I did to Christen this new project, was to write this post from my new #SocailMedia #Fitness #Desk (I should Trademark that). I thought this post was the most fitting option, as this is the new Social Media Fitness Desk from where I will be consuming and creating most of my awesome social media content from now on and I thought I should let you know so you can keep that in mind whenever you are reading my posts.

Social Media Fitness Desk In Action

Now in isolation, pumping out a lazy 40km and burning 500 odd calories, as I did today, is not anything to write home about (or write a blog post about). If I posted those stats on Facebook, I am sure all my friends would roll their eyes and yawn in boredom, but I believe this is a cycle in the right direction (pun intended) and I have a feeling that as I continue to do this on a daily basis that things are about to get a whole lot better…

I should also note that I have even moved my weights and a couple of other pieces of dusty fitness equipment to within easy reach of my new workstation. The intention is that this small step will motivate me to take even more steps towards a more healthy working life.

Now some people may say that there are better solutions for my issue and that I have my priorities upside down. They may be right, but I am giving this a go and will review the success of my latest project over time. If it doesn't work, then I will try something else. It's a process of trial and error, with the intention that it will lead to continuous improvement over time. And to me, that's good business!

I would be keen to hear your story if you have or are experiencing a similar issue yourself. Tell me about it in the comments below. Perhaps we can provide each other with inspiration and encouragement to achieve a healthy business.

About Loren Bartley

Loren Bartley is as a social media strategist, educator, coach, public speaker, blogger, early adopter, self-confessed lover of all things geek-eske, and mother of three.

As the founder of Impactiv8, Loren helps businesses grow using the power of social media and lifecycle marketing automation.

Loren has created three online training programs: Social Media Success, FB Business Success and Linked Business Success and she also offers bespoke social media presentations, workshops, one-on-one coaching and social media implementation services.

Loren is also the producer and co-host of the highly successful #BusinessAddicts The Podcast, which she hosts in conjunction with Fiona Redding from The Happiness Hunter.


  1. Congratulations on your social media fitness desk, Loren! Great job of doing it yourself, and excellent that you have found a way to exercise and work at the same time.

    Personally, I have a treadmill desk, a similar idea to yours, but my ‘desk’ goes over my treadmill.
    I must admit that I have not walked as regularly on it as I should/could, but I’m going to use you as inspiration, and as soon as I get home from vacation, I will start again with renewed vigour.
    Thanks for the post!

    • Glad to be your inspiration Ann. Day 2 for me and a total of 2hrs so far. I would love a treadmill desk. Perhaps that can be my next project. 🙂 Loren

  2. Beth Hall says:

    I feel your pain!

    Add to that a whole lot of baby weight from my 6 month old and we’re on par.

    I have bought a treadmill which now lives in my study for ‘reading tasks’.

    The bike desk is a great idea. Keep us posted on how you go! Thanks for sharing, Beth

    • Beth, I hear you in regards to that baby weight. Been there, done that three times and despite getting back in shape each time, I have managed to get back to my full pregnancy weight again. Only there is no baby to kickstart that weight loss again. LOL. Let’s make a deal, you can walk whilst I cycle then! I recently injured my foot and my back, which makes me feel a whole lot worse about my predicament. Swimming is the other thing I am getting back into also. Small steps…

  3. Anna Barr says:

    A whole new dimension to multi-tasking! Well done Loren. I’m not sure I could concentrate and sweat at the same time.
    I find a few good stretches or downward dogs every couple hours and some fresh air always works for me!


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