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The Stand Up Desk

The Stand Up Desk
The Stand Up Desk

Blogger Chris Parsons is trying out a new desk that allows him to stand while working on the computer. Check it out here [My Stand Up Desk].

Why on earth…?
Apparently, stand up desks are also known to help with back trouble and concentration. I don’t have back trouble, but it can be hard to push through the 3pm sleep barrier some days. For some reason, 3pm is always when I start to fall asleep – and when you work for yourself, you have no one to poke you awake…

When I used to work briefly at a call center, one of the common practices, because employees had to spend hours sat on the phones, was to take every other call standing up.

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This did two things: one was prevent sore backs. Staying mobile is important for your bones, particularly your spine and anyone reading who has ever working long hours at a computer knows this.

The second benefit was what Chris mentions in a way. That is a change in mind set. He’s found that standing improves his concentration. At this call center job it was a good way to get out of that lethargic mindset.

Immediately after standing you would experience a sense of motivation [at least more than you would normally at that job] and energy – even urgency.

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A Practical Solution

I’m not going to call Chris’ solution practical for everybody, but it would be great to use during some hours of the day. For instance when your back is starting to wain or your mind is drifting.

How about a desk that lifts up and down to raise you from a seating position to standing – without relocation computers or anything.

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Dual monitors, one high and one low, with an iron-board-like shelving unit that could come down and hold your heightened [wireless] keyboard and mouse.

A pulley system to raise the desk top?

Maybe customized kneelers [like in some churches] to allow for an upright back without any alterations to the desk set up.

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The Obvious Solution?

Two computers on a network. All your information could be shared and sync’d. A shelf situated elsewhere for your laptop would be an easy option.

Do you guys have some tips? It’s not the most practical desk hack, but for the sake of mobility – and for those like Chris who lack space – it’s not a bad idea.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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