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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The average American adult sits eight hours a day, a statistic related to a host of health problems, including early death. Now, a King of Prussia company has developed a product to combat the problem.

The sitNcycle is not exactly an exercise bike. You can’t make it a clothes tree when you get tired of using it because it has no handlebars. That’s also part of the reason its inventors at Smooth Fitness think it could revolutionize “sit time.”

It’s really easy to use,” says CEO Rich Hebert. “You don’t have to sweat, but you’ll still get the benefit of some cardio activity.”

Hebert says his is next to his desk.

“I lost about 20 pounds in 2 1/2 months,” he says, “just by pedalling while I’m on the phone.”

Hebert says it can be used at a high desk or counter, instead of the couch while watching TV.

“We even have a picture of a family with four sitNcycles around the table,” he says, “and they’re eating dinner.”

Hebert would like to make them ubiquitous — not just in homes and offices, but anywhere people sit.

“Airports, rail stations,” he says, “departments of motor vehicles.”

Hebert has partnered with PHL to put several in the airport for the summer travel season.

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