I ran into my friend Trey Lamont the other day. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur and a devoted father, Trey is a talented athlete whose accomplishments include multiple Washington-state tae kwon do championships. I invited him to my book launch party (which was happening that night), and naturally he asked what the book […]
Update 4/12/16: The Bekant has been available for a while and is now included in my standing-desk showcase at Well9to5.com. [original post] Ikea’s Bekant Sit-Stand Desk Recalled I went to the Ikea website today to explore the new Bekant height-adjustable sit-stand desk, but it was nowhere to be found. Curious, I did some googling and found […]
A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that sedentary behavior is associated with an increased risk of depression. People who sit for prolonged periods are at 25% greater risk for depression. The meta-analysis is the first study to evaluate all of the literature on depression and sedentary behavior. A group […]
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m. PST. Perpetuating the time-honored tradition of technical glitches in online presentations, I had trouble with the Hangout on Air set-up, so the hangout started a little late. The new hangout that I started cut off the beginning of my intro and cut out at a few points in the middle (don’t panic […]
Changing our sitting habit won’t be easy. We need all the models we can get to find our way. A pair of professorial brothers offers one useful approach. In their book “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard,” Chip Heath and Dan Heath observe that we routinely make huge changes effortlessly and even […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]