I’m trying out a standing desk. I’ve been reading a bit about sitting vs. standing, and my synopsis is it’s not good for your body to do either for 8–10 hours a day. I’m a designer and photographer and can spend up to 12 hours at a time at my main computer. I felt when sitting for such long periods I didn’t get up as often as I’d like to stretch the legs and get the blood flowing. I’m also prone to slouching — and I cannot stop.
I’ve been meaning to write a short piece on what I term “passive exercise” — where you opt to take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator, walk to the milko[1. That’s the corner store for you yanks. Milko is hort for Milk Bar, in the same way Servo is short for service station (gas staion), and Stevo, Robbo, and Davo, are short for Steven, Robert, and David.] instead of drive, ride a bike to work, etc. Little things that we can do every day to increase our physical activity and our wellbeing.
The title of this blog post was unashamedly stolen from this article in the New York Times: Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries. This line struck me as a great way to look at poor eating choices. So, I’m going to view my poor eating choices as a bad habit. And kick it. Simple.
Not long after we moved into our apartment, Kelly and I began going to the gym semi-regularly. In the last few months, I’ve been going at least three times a week, oftentimes more often (heh). Years of sitting at a desk had taken its toll. I don’t have regular work commitments at the moment, and there’s a gym in our building, so this year I’ve made it my priority to get into shape. Being a geek, this wasn’t so easy.