Stand up!
Sep24

Stand up!

In the past few years there has been a big rise of people saying that sitting down is bad for you, a load of interesting research has been done and products like treadmill desks and bicycle desks and increasing in popularity. We will be posting on this topic more often since both of us have a lot to say about it, I know Joshua has a very cool bicycle solution he uses when playing video games and he actually inspired me to stop working seated. There are a lot of article and research studies you can find around the internet but I’ve found this amazing infographic that was created (and properly referenced) by MedicalBillingAndCoding.org and it has all of the info you would need on this topic. Here goes the infographic! So now what? Now that you have been properly horrified and you are standing up reading this, let me show you a quick and simple solution to this problem. There are of course more elaborate solutions but I wanted to get going right away without the hassle of buying lots of new stuff. So my first tip is, don’t throw out your old desk just yet, look around the house for objects that could lift up you laptop or computer screen. My first solution that I used was an adjustable stool for my monitor and a cajon for my keyboard and mouse. What is a cajon you ask? It’s one of those wooden boxes you can use to drum on like I am doing in this video (yes I know I look a bit flabby and I’m wearing glasses but it’s me, just an older version of me) I love working like this, when I first tried it I immediately felt a huge increase in productivity from increased bloodflow and activity due to standing up and bouncing to my funky playlist. But I like to move around a bit and not work in the same place all the time so sometimes I want to work in the living room or in the garden and that would mean I’d have to sit down again. Luckily, the cajon is very portable and if I set it upright I end up having perfect standing height on any table!   This way I can take my cajon and work standing up anywhere, even outside on the garden table! Also, having a cajon as a desk basically means having a mini drumkit as a desk and that is a great way to spend your 5 minute break when using the Pomodoro Technique. Now there are some disadvantages to standing still for a long period of time,...

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How to look like Superman.
Aug27

How to look like Superman.

Nah, not really.  It’s something more like ‘upright-relaxed‘ we’re going for.  Centred, with weight evenly distributed; the chin not protruding from the body too much and pelvis balanced so the bum isn’t pointing out excessively nor curved inwards and your spine straight but not forced upright too much should make you the natural S-Curve and not the unhappy C-curve.  Wiggle (yes wiggle) the pelvis forward and back for ten seconds and you might become aware of a more comfortable, natural position.  Shoulders are rolled back and down, and relaxed, with a smile on that mug of yours.  If you also put your feet at about shoulder width, balance your weight a bit more towards the ball of the foot on both sides and stop there for a moment you might feel how much stronger your body is than when it’s hunched up or than the rare occasion you puff your chest out in a frankly bizarre display of attempted social dominance. In fact Superman-pose might just give you pretty serious back problems. In brief: Posture is one of the most important factors when it comes to your physical and mental well-being. Good posture can be the difference between completing a task and losing your motivation. Many people have poor posture and probably don’t even realise it; the increasingly internet-prone, sedentary lifestyle we lead in offices all day might be making you unhappy in more ways than are immediately obvious you instant-gratification junkies. A whole variety of daily and long-term ills maybe affected by poor posture. There are many ways to correct poor posture, from chiropractic to physiotherapy to insoles if you have arched feet like me. Posture affects your outlook and the confidence you have in your thoughts.   I’ve always had pretty terrible posture, I have a number of conditions that contribute to that, ok! But there’s no point in making excuses when it comes to how you walk around in your day-to-day life, the only person you’re making excuses to is yourself (and maybe your mother.) This week I decided to look at one area of my life that gets far too little attention and posture was the first thing I thought about, so I did a lot of reading… and I must do some more.* This point was made for me by non-other than the great Steven Fry.  After I’d finished reading the slew of articles and papers I’d collected last night, I heard him mention on QI that there is in fact a new study showing the best position for sitting on a chair (and it is not upright) is leaning back at a gentle curve so your pelvis...

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