As part of my research on health and fitness, I kept seeing all the articles about the impact of sitting all day. The headline that really got my attention was “Sitting is the new smoking.”
When I’m creating my on-line courses, I get into a mode of such intense concentration that I don’t even realize how long I’ve been sitting. I’d tried setting alarms to remind myself to get up and move, but even if I did get up I was so mentally involved that I really wanted to get back to the keyboard.
What if . . . I could stand up and continue working?
This seemed like a great idea, so after some research I decided to get a Varidesk. Now I set the timer to sit for 30 minutes, then stand for 20 minutes — and I usually take a quick break when I change modes to move around or get a brief bit of exercise.
This has been a purrfect solution for both me and Mombasa — she likes ascending and descending on the desk, and appreciates the attention she gets when I come out of my mode of intense concentration.
What do you do to get off your behind at frequent intervals?