This extremely simple DIY treadmill desk simply adds PVC tubing to folding table legs and positions the table over an exercise treadmill. It’s not particularly sturdy, but if you’re just working on your laptop and don’t have pets or children banging into the legs, it should work fine.
Researchers at Cambridge University have made a fascinating discovery about bones and bone health. They found that the brittle microscopic crystals that form our bones are both bound together and protected from one another by a viscous goo, making bones flexible and resilient. “A large part of bone mineral – possibly as much as half […]
Two of my personal office fitness goal have converged nicely in a recent experiment with B.J. Fogg’s “Tiny Habits.” First, I’ve been writing about habits and habit formation for several months now, trying to hack my own habitual behaviors and to help others do the same. I keep returning to Fogg’s work as I continue […]
I absolutely love this piece by Monica Guzman on standing desks in today’s Seattle Times. To this point, the standing-desk articles I’ve seen usually fall into one of three categories: Info-graphic-ey fear-mongering pieces about how deadly sitting is (as the author of a book called “Scared Sitless” I am, of course, no stranger to good-natured, […]
When Monica Guzman interviewed me for a story on standing desks the other day, I pictured maybe a quote or two of mine ending up in the paper. I actually end up being featured fairly prominently in the story. They even embedded my Ignite Seattle talk on DIY standing desk designs. The most intriguing detail […]
Read all about the science behind “sitting disease” in Scared Sitless: The Office Fitness Book.
Behavior change is tough, especially when you’re trying to adopt a new habitual behavior. A daunting array of psychological ideas underlie the formation of a new habit. Fortunately, these concepts and practices cluster nicely into an easy-to-remember trio of familiar actions. If you want to make a behavior a habit, all you have to do […]
Every day since I began learning muscle anatomy and physiology in massage school in 1997, I have studied at least one of my old muscle flash cards each morning, reviewing the origins, insertions, actions, and other characteristics of a randomly selected muscle. Today it was the diaphragm, the big dome-shaped muscle across the top of […]
Stand up to read this blog post. The American Institute for Cancer Research has a nice infographic on how increasing your routine daily activity can reduce your risk of getting cancer. Perhaps the most interesting and encouraging evidence behind this graph is how little you may need to do during the work day to reduce […]
The Seattle Times jobs section included a nice article on treadmill desks yesterday which quoted both me and my friend Ron Wiener, who recently opened the world’s first treadmill desk store in Bellevue, WA. I love this quote in the story from Ron about how we’re still at the very beginning of the treadmill desk […]