On the New York Times's health blog, Gretchen Reynolds discusses the dramatic increase in heart disease-related death for folks who sit for long periods (whether in front of a computer or television, or in the car). Even more alarming for those of us who try to get away from our screens for some exercise are recent studies that show that adding exercise to your daily routine fails to lessen the negative health impacts of a sedentary lifestyle. Rather, we desk jockeys should find ways to increase our physical activity while we work. Frequent walking breaks, pacing while you're talking on the phone, or converting to a standing desk, could truly be a lifesaver.follow link
Open Links from Mail in the Background
Tired of switching back and forth between Mail and your Web browser every time you click a link in a TidBITS issue or other email message? Here's an easy workaround. Hold down the Command key when you click links in Mail to open them in your browser without switching away from Mail. That way you can keep reading in Mail and then read all the Web pages you've opened.
- ExtraBITS for 2 August 2010 (01 Aug 10)
Your Chair Is Trying to Kill You
I should probably finally get an iPad and use it to stand and walk around at least while reading and browsing... Hey, Apple: Come with a 512MB iPad and you may do something for my health! ;-)
A standing desk is not bad at all, though. I think I already have something here I could use for that. Thanks for the hint!