• Health and Wellness

    How I Remember to Stand Up!

    I know I need to cut down on the hours of sitting I do every day. But when I’m heads down working, time can fly past me. I know I need to Stand Up! Unfortunately, knowing and doing can be two different things. I know it is the act of repetition that builds habits. Building repetition takes practice. To practice, you have to be present, and you have to be mindful. So, I practice standing up at least once per hour to move, and that is what I suggest for you. Initially, the length of time you stand up is not as crucial as the standing up – the remembering to stand up once per hour and doing it. Sounds easy, right? It is more challenging than you might imagine. And significantly harder to build consistency. The biggest hurdle is remembering. I use the Chair Pear avatar my coworker created…

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    From Buffalo Hump to Dowager’s Hump

    See the fat hump on the buffalo? The Sitting Disease in our technology-centric world is giving us this same condition. There are medical reasons to get a “Buffalo Hump” at the base of our necks, but more and more, poor posture is to blame. A couple of months ago, I was at a convenience store, and in walked three teenage girls. One girl drew my attention. She stood up straight; she had a beautiful posture and carried herself well. Looking at her reminded me of how my mother used to harp at my sisters and me, “Stand up straight, shoulders back!” Then I looked at the girls she was with. She was not prettier than them, but her carriage gave the image of confidence. Maybe she was more confident than her peers. I don’t know. The other two girls had poor posture with the rounded shoulders and forward-tilted heads nascent…

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    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Standing Desk Converters

    Let me start by saying I was amazingly lucky with the first Sit Stand Desk Converter I used. The company I worked for purchased Ergotron Workfit Standing Desk Converters. Talk about being spoiled! I had two large monitors and a large work surface. It even had room for a family photo. There was a shelf for my keyboard and mousepad. I did have to lift up the seat of my desk chair a bit more, but not a ridiculous amount. I’m short (5’2”), so I was already using a slanted footboard so my feet wouldn’t dangle above the floor. The desk converter was not electrically powered; however, the hydraulic pistons were easy to use. Even with many items on the work surface, the desktop rose up easily and just as smoothly went down. My effort to lift the tabs on either side did not reflect the weight on the desk.…

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    I am NOT a Couch Potato

    I am a Chair Pear That is not to say I have a pear shape, just that I sit for more hours in a day than I care to add up. Due to their shape, Pears can sit nicely. And the word happens to rhyme with Chair, so when the concept popped into my head during my morning routine, I knew that is what I am. A Chair Pear. Chair Pears are mentally active, just not physically active. I’m a Chair Pear, not a Couch Potato. My route to Chair Peardom, as I call it, was straightforward. I am a writer. To be a writer one must sit, and sit for long stretches at a time. In the morning, I grab a cup of tea and wander into my home office and play a solitaire game to wake up the brain cells while the tea cools to a drinkable temperature.…