We bloggers tend to sit at our computers far too much. If you are anything like me you will spend hours every day reading other peoples blogs and researching and writing your own blog.
Think about this for a second… when people go on long haul flights we wear special socks to prevent deep vein thrombosis. Sitting for long periods of time can literally kill you. It’s that dangerous!
So i wanted to make a quick post about what I do as a blogger to stay just a little bit healthier.
Work Standing Up
Firstly I have an ikea standing desk. It’s basically a cheap coffee table that I can sit on top of my regular desk that allows me to work standing up. Of course I don’t work standing up all day but it’s great to have the option. Next time you are sitting working on that blog post and you butt is aching think how you could continue working and be more comfortable standing.
Install Fitbolt For Chrome
Fitbolt is a great little chrome app that prompts you every 30 minutes or so with a suggested exercise to keep you more mobile.
Each exercise only takes a minute. Some of the are done seated at your desk and some require you to stand up. The first day after I installed Fitbolt my muscules were actually aching from the exercises so I think the benefits from this little app are huge.
A word of advise though. Don’t turn it off. You have the option to dismiss the prompts if you don’t want to do anything. After the first few days I made the mistake of turning it off and I didn’t turn it on again for 1 week.
Allow yourself to dismiss it any time you don’t feel like doing it and do the exercises when you do feel like doing it. I guarantee you’ll feel better.
Eat A Healthy Diet
I’ve found that the best way to do this is have healthy food on hand that is ready to grab when you need it. When you are absorbed in writing you sometimes don’t want to stop to go and cook, or go the shops. If you are not careful you can end up eating low quality convenience food. I often found myself munching on chips or eating unhealthy sandwiches while continuing to type out a post to a deadline.
My solution was to purchase a slow cooker and make massive pots of healthy paleo soup. During the day I keep the slow cooker on a low heat and the soup is always there ready to go. I don’t need to go to the shops and I don’t need to cook anything. This means my flow isn’t interupted and I can continue to work, by sticking to low carboydrate paleo soups I stabalise my blood sugar when helps because I don’t suffer from the post lunch fatigue that can disrupt productivity.
Yeah I know I still need to spend time away from the computer in the fresh air taking real exercise. But I can tell you that these 3 things combined have vastly improved my healthy will I continue to spend long hours working as a blogger!
Sometimes it takes a little extra motivation to get us off the sofa and working out.
We scoured twitter and facebook to find some imaginative ways people are working. Hopefully you might see something that inspires you. Remember christmas is coming soon and you’re probably going to put on a few pounds so why not go for a preemptive strike and lose some weight so you can overindulge in festive treats guilt free.
1. Jogging At Your Desk
Who says you need to go out side to go jogging! If you are anything like us at DJI you might find it hard to drag yourself away from your electronic gadgets sometimes why not bring the jogging experience to your desk with a treadmill desk! An custom treadmill desk can set you back more that $1500 but you could equally build your own with a second hand treadmill from ebay and a adjustable desk from ikea.
2. Steal A Baby
No don’t actually steal a baby! But people will think you have when you go jogging with one and a jogging stroller. If you have a baby already you are half way there. Get yourself a stroller here. If you don’t have a baby get yourself a husband/wife here or borrow a baby from a friend or relative.
3. Jogging Under Water
Jogging underwater is not only great for rehabilitation from injury but it gives you all the benefits of jogging without the risk of injury from impact. An aqua jogger belt will suspend your body in deep water at shoulder height and allow you to perform the jogging motion underwater.
4. Go Jogging In Virtual Worlds
Typically with gaming you only get to exercise your fingers and thumbs but that could all be about to change in the future. Devices such at the Virtuix Omni could be set to revolutionise both gaming and exercise. The idea for their 360 motion treadmill is both simple and effective. There is no conventional treadmill belt but simply slidy shoes and an inclined surface work together allow the user to run. Check out the video above to see that you really can run with these things. You can see more videos at the Virtuix website.
Anything Take Your Fancy?
I don’t know about you but I’m seriously taken by the idea of jogging and gaming at the same time. I haven’t played video games in years because I couldn’t justify the time spend on it, if it was combined with exercise it could be a great way to get fit and have some fun too.
Let me know if you have been inspired to get moving in the comments.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you should by now have encountered the wonderful heartwarming tale of 5 year-old Miles Scott aka Batkid.
Miles is in remission from leukemia, he’s had it tough so far in life so the Make A Wish Foundation decided to make his dream come true to be Batman.
The events played out in San Francisco on Friday. Batkid had a very busy day saving a woman who was taken hostage, tacking the Riddler and the Penguin all the while urged on a cheering flashmob.
Social media is often discounted as idle time wasting, but these kind of events show how our loose online connections can help us achive things that would simply have been impossible beforehand.
Even Obama Joined In
As Batkid fever swept the country even President Obama joined in.
Social Media Exploded With Batkid Memes And Tweets
Celebrities Got In On The Batkid Action
“Batkid. Best Batman ever,” tweeted Ben Affleck on Saturday afternoon.
“San Francisco ! You magnificent bastards. #batkid” @CraigyFerg
DJI’s Favorite Tweets
- “#BatKid just makes my heart explode. What a little bundle of joy!” @alexavega
- “Everyone thought they were helping #batkid today. Truth is, he was helping us. The world was a better place, if just for a little while.” @CrewCutter
- “Why does it take a child’s illness for us to go the extra mile & then some for kids? We should be doing this for ALL kids EVERY day.” @angelialevy
- “#BatKid is my hero! He saved Gotham City from the Riddler and Penguin AND he saved the rest of us from forgetting who we can still be.” @FourSunflowers
Hats Off To San Fransisco
Hats off the city of San Franciso and the Make A Wish Foundation for creating such a wonderful good news story.
And best wishes to Miles Scott and his family. I’m sure you will all cherish these memories for many many years to come along with half the planet too!
You can donate here to make other kids wishes come true.
I spotted on Mashable that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has signed up to play his part in the Movember campaign to raise awareness of mens health issues.
Chris is the proud owner of the finest mustache mankind has ever sent into orbit so it’s fitting that he is involved in the Movember fund raising efforts that feature mustaches throughout the month of November.
YouTube videos make a humerous play on the informational videos that Chris made while he was in space. He is seen back on earth making videos about how gravity will pour milk into your cereal bowl and other mundane topics. It’s all in good humor, for a good cause and totally worth checking out.
But when it came to the cruch I couldn’t mention Chris without posting his amazing cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity recorded on the international space station.
This video still blows me away and it’s almost 19 million hits on youtube are way too small for my liking.
Ain’t it funny that we can send a man into space with all that technology and ingenuity but one of the coolest things he can do there is whip out his six string and sing a pop song.
The web was always social right from the beginning. Even back in the days of dial up people were chatting online in USENET, chat rooms and forums and webmasters connected with each other from not long after the first websites were created.
What’s has changed with the rise of social media is that the social aspect of the web has become more accessable to the general public. First all the college kids were on Facebook, then… SHOCK your mum was on Facebook and finally your Gran arrived and the social web had reached mainstream society.
The reasons for this are twofold. First, improvements in the web programming technology. Yes Facebook is really just a rehash of MySpace but they did it better making it more accessable. Secondly, the improvements in the hardware technology and increased bandwidth.
It’s much easier to get your gran using a wifi tablet than it would have been to get her hunched over a mamoth desktop on dial up waiting 3 minutes for a photo to slowly reveal itself.
Deep Jive Interests has been relaunched to monitor and comment of the continuing evolution of the social web. We have a long history of bringing you news and comment on current events online.
The site was first developed by Tony Hung who subsequently gave up blogging to pursue a career in medicine. Then followed a period of decine when the site was subject to hacking attacks and left to neglect.
Now Deep Jive Interests is under my stewardship and I hope to return the site to it’s former glory.