It’s true that doing things with other people provides reinforcement for healthy habits. If you’re going for a walk at lunch and also need to talk to your co-worker about a program idea, why not invite them along and do both at once?
This article provides a rich list of ideas for incorporating activity, movement, and exercise into your socializing opportunities, events, meetings, and group activities at work from ACEfitness.org
"Spending most of your waking hours planted on your keister is terrible for your health."
Here are 13 delightfully illustrated, excellent exercises to help you stretch out your spine, glutes, and hips (which often suffer the most from tightness) after day of sitting waaaay too much, otherwise known as “de-Quasimoding” yourself.
A do-able list of the best exercises, demonstrated by the www.theartofmanliness.com blogger himself (who sports one of the best mustaches this side of the Mississippi) with photos and clear instructions to follow along. Props used are inexpensive: a tennis ball, a pool noodle, etc. and could be done in-office as long as you don’t mind Grok squatting in front of passersby. Hey, your health is totally worth the stares.
A recent article from Huffington Post alerted us to this new trend. Troy University Library’s Dean, Christopher Shaffer installed FitDesk exercise bikes into the library, because: “Humans aren’t meant to sit all day.” He cites the impact of physical movement and wellness on mental focus and hopes to give students the ability to study without being sedentary.
Troy is just one of many university libraries that are installing bikes in order to encourage more active studying (Clemson University is another), and students and faculty are loving them. FitDesk bikes are priced rather inexpensively, so gather some faculty and students and get your administration on board–and in the saddle!
Don't let a lack of funds stop you from trying a standing desk set-up.
Colin Nederkoorn from iamnotaprogrammer.com shows you how to “hack” a standing desk that sits on-top of a regular desk, from $22 worth of Ikea parts and brackets. Complete with printable assembly instructions, an ergonomics diagram, and options for LED-lighting–you can’t go wrong with this hack. A great, inexpensive way to try out your DIY skills and dip your feet into standing desks without diving into pricey adjustable versions just yet…