This is an excerpt from the forthcoming “Scared Sitless: The Office Fitness Book.” When you look at the science behind the numerous news headlines about “sitting disease” you find three major bodies of research. First are epidemiological, population-level studies that look at large numbers of sitters and non-sitters and report on their overall health. Second […]
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 […]
UPDATE 3/4/14 – a number of developments, all of them positive (well, except for that week-long cold), have conspired to 1) improve the book and 2) push back the publication date. I am in the home stretch now on the writing of “Scared Sitless: The Office Fitness Book,” polishing and editing the final manuscript chapter […]
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 […]
I just funded the Indiegogo campaign for this nifty-looking sitting monitor. Here’s how the founders describe the project: “Rise keeps track of how much you sit throughout the day. It pairs with your smartphone to show you your sitting trends, send you reminders to rise off your chair, and allows you to compete with friends […]
I’m having way too much fun putting together a movie-style trailer for “Scared Sitless.” The idea started when I attended T.M. Franklin‘s workshop on “Building a Bargain Book Trailer” at the Northwest Book Fest. As I was sitting there, Don LaFontaine‘s “in a world” voice started going through my head. Things got rolling pretty quickly […]
Here’s to Chester Carlson, who used static electricity created with a handkerchief, light and dry powder to make the first photocopy on Oct. 22, 1938. Xerox didn’t commercially market the machine for almost 20 years, until 1959. The office has never been the same. NPR podcast story, Happy Birthday, Copy Machine!