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 [...]
If laughter is the best medicine then watching funny health motivation videos might be the very best therapy for breaking out of our sedentary habits. At the very least, it’s a fun diversion to share around your office. Some of these videos are informational, some are just plain weird, but all of them made us laugh. In no particular order, allow us to present:1. iMovR: ZipLift 2. iMovR: War on Sitting
Kicking off our list is this video from iMovR’s Upsilon Standing Desk Kickstarter, which we reviewed. It depicts a world where sitting is literally the new smoking as the Surgeon General requires warnings printed on chairs à la [...]
Academic studies of treadmill desk usage have collated metabolic metrics on everything from cholesterol, triglycerides, and A1C hemoglobin (blood sugar) to blood pressure, caloric burn, and even weight loss, but meaningful measurements of productivity improvement are much harder to devise. We know of one study currently being undertaken by the University of Mississippi to measure core employee productivity – looking at work hours and absenteeism among employees with chronic back pain and other issues, for example – which will certainly stand on its own in any employer’s ROI analysis, and we look forward to seeing the results of the completed study.
But the other kind of [...]