Meet me on a walk

More often than not, I will find myself sitting at the desk, staring at the computer screen for hours at a time. When I work, I always strive for razor sharp focus, or to put it in a more common term: the zone.

I’m usually not even aware of time. Hours begin to fly by like minutes and it’s not until after I victoriously finish my tasks, that I realize my sore neck has gotten noticeably sorer. The clock has skipped 3 hours or more and my bladder is about to explode. To say that I am then ready to jump up from the chair and just stretch, would be an insult to my blood deprived legs and a serious hazard for my dry pants.

So am I convicted to feeling like a worn out old man, for the rest of my life, as health detriments of such behavior accumulate over time?

Hell, no! Especially not after having read this wonderful article about health benefits of breaking up prolonged sitting. If I learned anything from the article, it’s that it is up to me to take regular breaks from sitting. And one particular idea inspired me to write this piece in the first place:

Ptuj, Slovenia
Next meeting - streets of Ptuj (via Wikipedia)

“conduct meetings while walking outdoors  – these can be very effective for one-on-ones with colleagues”

There. It’s the best idea I’ve come across this year. I will start to practice that. So my next meeting will probably be on the scenic streets of Ptuj. See you there!