I once joked on Facebook about being able to do ten jumping jacks in my cubicle before anyone noticed. Ha-ha, that would be funny.
But I’m also serious, in a way. I think that joke came from a deep-seated belief (based on years of experimental arse-sitting) that sitting on your arse is one of the single most bad things you can do for your mind, body, and soul in a day. And truly, though we tend to feel like we need to be hammering away at computers in order to be productive, please consider:
- During much of the time you are hammering away, your computer is not doing anything useful.
- Your computer has often gone away on a far-flung adventure of its own.
- You often don’t have the training needed to effect the technological cubicle back-flip you are trying to perform.
- Often the computer “just ain’t the right tool for that job, dear”.
And besides, what if you tried treating your computer, desk, and workstation more as a stopping point through which you occasionally moved during the day. After all, since most employees seem to believe that it is necessary to have staff on-sight to get business done, wouldn’t it make sense for you to be spending more time doing the single thing that you can do on-site that you cannot effectively do off-site? i.e., More time milling about the office?
- He did not alien-abduct Richie Cunningham since he believed Richie to be “humdrum”.
- He sat on his head, kind of like a Yoga-dude might.
Well, that was all fiction, and many of us laughed like hell at the antics of Mork. But there’s other people who are on-board with changing how we sit and spend our time, outside of the sedentary norms.
Personally, I believe that we are all sorta doomed if we don’t figure out how to do the stuff we need to do and the stuff we want to do without the extreme strain of sediment on our bodies that we currently get in a day. And you know, Tom Cruise showed us all the way back in 2002 a really cool and ergonomically friendly way to interact with technology. Why aren’t we there yet in real life?!? The movie was called Minority Report, and it was pretty snazzy, and Tom (who didn’t sit much) looked rather healthy.
More practical folks might publish helpful advice about getting up for “mini breaks” and stuff like that – see Sedentary Lifestyle? Take Activity Breaks for Your Health. I respect these guys. I respect the book they wrote, too – see YOU: The Owner’s Manual.
But I just prefer my own more radical advice, because I think we need a more revolutionary change to undo this desk-sitting onslaught – see 5 Ways to Add Jumping Jacks to Your Day.
I know – not very practical. But hey – neither is sitting on your arse all day. 😉