Stationary study bikes allow library patrons to exercise body and mind

Sara Santarossa and Paige Coyne pdealling exercise desksStudents Sara Santarossa and Paige Coyne make use of the exercise desks in the Leddy Library.

The installation of three stationary bikes in the Leddy Library meets its mandate to provide a healthy and stimulating learning environment, says Sharon Munro, the librarian who first proposed the measure.

“The library is thrilled to be able to provide innovative ways to study that promote good health,” she said Monday at an event to formally introduce the bikes to users.

The exercise desks feature a surface to hold reading material or a laptop computer, a height-adjustable seat, an odometer to measure distance pedalled, and resistance bands for bicep curls. They are located at the northwest corner of the main building’s first floor.

Kinesiology professor Sarah Woodruff has used a similar workstation in her office for about five years to counteract the sedentary nature of academic work.

“It gets your blood flowing to get your brain working,” she said. “This is going to be a great option for students using the library.”