New bikes help Fairfax teens burn calories while reading a book

Students at Falls Church high school could soon break a sweat while studying. The school recently moved stationary bikes into the library to allow students more time to burn calories while also cramming for tests.

Librarian Laura Potocki helped acquire a grant to pay for four recumbent exercise bikes and placed them in a corner of the room dedicated to fitness, health and well-being, complete with motivational posters on the walls, according to a schools statement.

Already the bikes have proven popular with students and staff, who are known to read magazines and newspapers while pedaling in between classes. The bikes are used daily, according to the school statement.

“The idea was to provide students with a way to do a stationary activity, and also to provide readers with a way to get some activity into their day,” the schools said.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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