Sitting is the new smoking

Ward Elementary School in North Carolina filled a classroom with donated stationary bikes and invited students to read and pedal.

Result:  “Students who spent more time in the Read and Ride program achieved 83% proficiency in reading while students who spent the least amount of time in the program had significantly lower scores, with only 41% proficiency.”

As it has been said before, sitting is the new smoking. In that spirit, I brought a little rebounder into my office. I close the door, crank up some Bon Jovi on YouTube and get energized again.

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Cringe factor 10.

But that is not enough. Standing desks should be provided to all employees whether their doctor already has a reason to write a prescription for it or not. Let’s be proactive about our health; our lives may depend on it.

What do you do to stay healthy at work? How do you interrupt the slow poison of the comfortable chair?

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