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.

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?