"Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death."
“On one hand, the good news is that this is incredibly easy. The bad news is this is incredibly difficult, especially for a computer-centric workforce.”
Dr Levine is the inventor of the treadmill desk. A recent study has shown that, as well as being beneficial for your long-term health, there is also evidence that using a treadmill desk makes you more productive. Before you tie yourself in knots trying to envisage editing text while jogging, be assured that you are only required to walk at 1–2 mph, and it apparently doesn't take long to master the new motor skills required to walk while you work! Although an interesting concept, this might seem a rather drastic and not entirely practical piece of office equipment for your average editor, if there is such a thing.
Set a timer for 20–30 minutes and stand up every time it goes off. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you can get out of your chair and assume a vertical position, even if you’re on the phone or at your screen. If you’re hammering away at the keyboard, give your arms and hands a break and stretch them while you’re at it. Standing up can also give you new perspective on your work: take the opportunity to look at the bigger picture or review your progress.
In the office, answering the phone, sending a file to the printer or checking social media feeds can all be used as prompts to move.