Friday, February 23, 2007

Walking While Working

For those of us that don't have time to exercise ...

"In a previous post I mentioned that it would be ideal if it were possible to get an aerobic workout while using the computer. Little did I know that there is a movement underway that allows us to do just that. It’s called “walking while working” and basically entails rigging a treadmill with a fully functional computer work station.

I have often tried to read while jogging on the treadmill or using the elliptical, but my head bobs around so much it makes me sea sick. When you only allow 30-45 for exercise, you have to get your body really moving, making reading or typing pretty much impossible. The “walking while working” concept is that you are not exercising, you are working. Moving the body constantly at a slow pace for a long time however, can make a big difference.

James Levine, M.D. and his colleagues in the NEAT (Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis) lab at Mayo Clinic have pioneered an “Office of the Future” — a fully functioning office that bears a marked resemblance to a gym. Complete with treadmills that serve as both desks and computer platforms and a two-lane walking track that serves as a meeting room, Dr. Levine and his entire staff have a unique, active work environment."    (Continued via Ergonoomenon)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Walking and Working - Ergonomics

Walking and Working

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