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Jan 10, 2019 07:14:07


by @jasonleow | 293 words | 367🔥 | 405💌

Jason Leow

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Lately, I'd been feeling the need to be more active and move more, for health. But with work, it's so hard. And not moving is killing us all. What gives?

If you're using this platform, or reading it, it's likely that you do most of your work on the computer. That means sitting down all day, with hardly any movement. Sure, there's the occasional break for toilet or coffee. But mostly, we're sedentary. And that's wreaking havoc on our health. Research shows even having regular workouts don't help our health and longevity if we are sedentary most of the day. Not even standing desks will help, nor getting up from your desk every hour. It's not about sitting vs standing - it's about moving vs not moving, all through the day. A daily life where you naturally move about often had been shown to be more effective in helping us stay healthy than all the regular workouts and standing desks we have. 

So we got to move about more. But our jobs chain us to our desks, in front of our computers. What gives then? 

Quit? Change profession?

I'm asking myself this question more and more these days. Problem is, I love working on the computer+internet. It's such a great "bicycle for the mind". I love making digital products, and love the wellspring of knowledge and general all-round usefulness it gives. But it's killing me. After a health scare last year, my physical health became more treasured than ever. Without health, I can't do anything else...even making.  

How might we be be more active, even while we love and want to work on the computer?

I have no answers. So I'm just leaving this here. Any ideas, guys? 

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    @jasonleow Like @lucjah, I own two labs that keep me moving every hour on the hour all day. With that said, most do not have the luxury of independently working from your own office. For me, when I'm on a project, I need full concentration and set a timer for 30 minutes, 45 tops. When I'm up and away from the computer, I leave the work behind to regenerate. The only time I work while I'm out walking/running is when I will use a voice to text app to record any content/ideas I have for projects. My husband is a personal trainer and for 40 minutes a day, I strength train to retain and build muscle. That's crucial to health. Hope that gives you some ideas! I hear what you are saying but aside from using a treadmill desktop to constantly keep on the move...

    Tracy Farnsworth avatar Tracy Farnsworth | Jan 11, 2019 15:32:59
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      @taowist thanks for the ideas! Having a dog is out of the question for me due to constraints, but having a pomodoro timer sounds good.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 12, 2019 07:10:39
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    @jasonleow by buying a big active Golden Retriever which will will motivate you with joyful loving enthusiasm everyday :p

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 10, 2019 18:11:04
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      @lucjah not sure how that would work for me, unless I take the dog for walks all day! ;D Context is I want natural active movement throughout the day, but still be able to use the computer for work... wonder if gesture and voice interfaces will be a possibility in the future for editing docs, designs, coding etc

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 11, 2019 07:32:49
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      @jasonleow LOL... How totally different worlds we are embedded :-))) I'm thinking about a dog (used to have one - Golden Retriever, so talking from personal experience. I've never spent so many hours in the forest! Some times just waiting for him to come back from his adventures). They have quite developed powers of convincing :D and can make your life hell if you don't do you job (going for a walk) properly. Really hard to ignore and not "move". Why couldn't you still can work around the walks, or even take your laptop to the forest, park etc? You write about <<gesture and voice interfaces will be a possibility in the future for editing docs, designs, coding etc>>. Yet, there you go, even more options to work "moving" after your dog :p
      But... what kind of "moving" you actually imagine while using the tools you mention? Walking? In the city? Going for trips? Im really curious what is your dream"moving"...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 11, 2019 12:13:01
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