Pedal to Generate Free, Clean Electricity
Believe it or not, it's possible burn fat while exercising AND generate electricity.
According to the November issue of Women's Health magazine, a company called Green Revolution, with its slogan "Where fitness meets clean renewable energy," rigs up exercise bikes so that gym members' workout is harnessed and converted into electricity.
The electricity obtained from the bikes is used to power the gym itself or sent to a power grid to light up other locales.
Those who exercise in the gym will be able to enjoy the satisfaction of literally, lighting up the place!
This ingenious system of harnessing human power has been installed in New York City and Washington D.C. Green Revolution plans to have 150 systems up and running nationwide within the next year. That's an extremely ambitious plan, but it will be possible when more people sign up and get their behinds onto those bikes.
Wouldn't it be interesting if every piece of gym equipment could harness kinetic energy from users? Not just bikes, but treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing machines, StairMasters, weight lifting machines, can all be designed and hooked up to transform the kinetic movement of users into electricity.
Hopefully, there's a team of engineers and physical trainers working together somewhere to design all kinds of exercise equipment that can harness otherwise wasted energy. Imagine a baseball bat designed to absorb the impact of the baseball and to somehow convert that into electricity!
Why pedal, run, lift, row, step, walk, or even swim for just a healthy body when you can do so and generate clean, renewable, sustainable energy at the same time?
Here's yet another article that makes it obvious that transforming body movement into electricity is not just a pipe dream.
If you simply don't fancy being in a gym to exercise and wish to do so in the comfort and privacy of your own home, check out this video of the Cylec bike that allows you to do just that.
Perhaps one day, homes and offices will run on electricity generated by the body movements of people within those spaces. Who knows? We are limited only by our imaginations and our willingness to embrace innovation, new ideas, and new ways to live healthy.