When Dr. James Levine’s first book, Move a Little, Lose a Lot, hit the shelves in 2009, it had tectonic implications on our understanding of sitting disease and what we needed to do to address our nation’s new leading cause of premature death. The book introduced Dr. Levine’s concept of non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT for short. NEAT is the class of activity that yields positive health results through frequent low-intensity movement, such as from using a standing desk or treadmill desk. Speaking personally, Move a Little, Lose a Lot changed my life, my livelihood, and my entire sense of life purpose. So, yes, I went into Dr. Levine’s new book, Get Up! Why Your [...]
Customer reviews from verified buyers are an essential source of information for our staff when we’re getting a first look at a product. We generally disregard user reviews posted on manufacturers’ own websites, as these tend to be highly curated and don’t often include any seriously negative reviews. A better source of independent reviews are marketplace sites, such as Amazon.
Readers should note, however, that not all reviews they’ll find on Amazon are from verified buyers, and sometimes, verified buyers can be the manufacturers’ own employees or their competitors’ employees shilling out positive or negative posts to manipulate consumers. [...]
With the video game industry topping 100 billion dollars in revenue in 2017, it’s little wonder that standing desk manufacturers are trying to carve out their slice of the pie by creating “gaming desks,” which are, for the most part, standing desks with decals on the work surface, or speakers built into the desk. But do gamers really need standing desks? In terms of health, the answer is a definite yes. The hours that gamers spend sitting in front of their PCs are just as harmful as the hours spent sitting in a cubicle. While we primarily focus on the office environment, the health benefits of standing and NEAT don’t stop [...]