Your Desk Is Killing You

Dec 22 2012 Published by under General Health

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I have written before about integrating a standing desk  into my work routine (latest post here), but there are still tasks that I perform faster and better while seated. A new app that coordinates with my FitBit can help make a desk job healthier. FitBolt places a timer on your computer that alarms every half hour. You are directed to click on an extension to your browser which provides chair stretches, quick exercises, posture tips and other office fitness wisdom. Here's the introductory video:

The exercises  are rated for you on their difficulty and goofiness. The latter is particularly helpful if you have an office door to shut. You can click on the time below the blue arrowhead in the upper right corner which provides a timer for your activity. After you finish, click the arrowhead and the "I'm Done" button. If you have linked your FitBolt account to your FitBit account, any calories you burn in your office will be calculated and added to your daily total.

Sample stretch notice

Sample stretch notice

An account with notifications for stretches and exercises is free, although ads will pop up in some reminders. For $3 per month, you can get the ad-free version that also includes health reminders, posture and ergonomic tips, as well as diet pointers. While many of these points are well-known, the alarms at least get you to change position and remind you to move.

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