Ergonomics has many definitions—from “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment” to “fitting a job to a person.” But in the tech world, it’s mostly about creating user-friendly and physically safe workspaces that also push efficiency.
Of course, that was before activities like Zumba and CrossFit became household terms. Being efficient at the job isn’t enough—many people want to be hyper-physically fit to go along with it. (There are also those who are happy to be shaped like a potato. But this story isn’t about me.)
The problem is, sitting at a computer for eight-plus hours a day, and maybe a few more at night, isn’t exactly conducive to the “elite fitness” ideal promoted by many exercise programs. Hell, according to some, just sitting down too much is killing us; it’s been equated with smoking (even the cancer part). Or maybe it won’t kill us. Anyway, there’s no question a sedentary life is going to get more people headed toward heart disease. This infographic spells out some of the problems.
But you’ve got work to do! How can you do both? Check out the products below for options, small to large, cheap to oh-sweet-lord expensive. Adding any of them at all to your daily regime of staring at a screen will go a long way to helping you live a little longer. In fact, research shows just an hour of exercise a day can offset the ill effects of your bum in cushion the rest of the time. So get ready to get fit.