Monday, September 14, 2015

Two Things that are Missing from Everyone's Computer Room




Now I'm sure you are already laughing at the title of this Little Review!  But I must say, that if you love your family, there are two things that you will immediately add to that room where everyone gathers to check out their emails, Facebook postings, Google + pages and anything and everything else that you could possibly do on the computer.

Have you come up with what those two things are, yet?  Don't worry if you haven't because I'm sure there are lots and lots of people who are scratching their heads right now and  that will never think of these two things.

Now let me assure you, that they are not the regular things you might think of like, monitors or printers, paper and other computer related items, as a matter of fact, these are not really computer related at all, at least not directly.




Let me give you a little information that might help you decipher what I am talking about:

Most Americans and Canadians, are found to live a lifestyle that is far too sedentary.  The minimum of 20 minutes of exercise daily, is not being met by the majority of people over 40.  And that is 20 minutes of accumulated exercise.  Every time you exercise for 5 minutes or more, you add it to the next 5 minutes of exercise until you come to the 20 minute level.


That doesn't sound too strenuous for anyone, yet we don't do that little bit.  Why?

Well it seems that  the biggest problem is people come home from work, and sit down at the computer to do just a few "things" and before they know it 3 hours have been whittled out of your life, and it's time for bed.

Now, if you had these two things in your computer room, you would never get that far behind in your minimum requirements of exercise per day.

The first item needed, is a Kitchen Timer, and in this case we are going to re-purpose that Kitchen Timer to be our Computer Time Timer.

Oggi Countdown Stainless Steel 60-Minute Kitchen Timer

 Once you are at the computer, set the Timer to 55 minutes (or 50 minutes for those who are more active already).  Don't cheat, just do it!

Now when that timer goes off, you need that second piece of equipment in your Computer Room. That equipment is a Stationary Bike.  So the Timer has gone off, it's time to get out of your chair and get on the Stationary Bike.  It won't help if you just look at it, you have to get on it!
Sunny Health&Fitness SF-B901 Pro Indoor Cycling Bike

Now if you are really smart and I'm sure that you are, you can load up all those You Tube Videos that you have wanted to watch and let them roll!  You are on your bike, pedalling your way to a healthier lifestyle and still doing what you like to do on the computer.   This is the best WIN-WIN situation, ever!  If you are not into watching You Tube, you can put a movie into your CD ROM and catch up on a movie in the 5 or 10 minutes that you have set the timer for.



In 5 or 10 minutes you can get off the bike and resume your position in front of the computer again and continue your blogging or catching up with your friends on Face Book or just searching for whatever floats your boat!.

Two pieces of equipment for your computer room that will cost less than a yearly gym membership, and help you to become healthier, less sedentary and maybe even lose a pound or two in the process.
Can you think of a better way to do all of that?  

If you can, let me know and maybe I'll try it your way.  In the meantime, think about it and then do it!  Your body will thank you!





11 comments:

  1. I completely agree. I let each day slip by with less and less exercise. I have looked at small exercise bikes and I think it's a great idea to put one in or near the computer space.

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  2. Excellent suggestions Olivia! I force myself to take breaks when I am working on the computer. Just get up and walk around, get coffee, fold laundry. Something to just step away and clear my head. But I like your suggestions better. Now, I just need to make room for that indoor cycle!

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  3. perfect ideas! I need room for the exercise bike though...

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  4. Great ideas! I have a dart board in my computer room and every so often I get up and challenge "myself" to a game of darts. After I've loosened up I go back to my computer. It is also a good way to rest those brain cells :)

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  5. Glad you all agree, it's something that I am doing too! I am always amazed at how much time has just slipped away while I'm "working" or playing. Maybe I'll just start with the timer..............

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  6. I do have a timer - I just don't use it often enough! Your post is a great reminder to us all - we gotta get up and move the body from time to time!

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  7. Smart thinking about the price of these two items versus an expensive gym membership. I'm absolutely guilty about sitting in this chair for far too many hours in a row, so thanks for the reminder. Great suggestion, fun review!

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  8. Smart thinking about the price of these two items versus an expensive gym membership. I'm absolutely guilty about sitting in this chair for far too many hours in a row, so thanks for the reminder. Great suggestion, fun review!

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  9. I'm fortunate enough to have my gym right around the corner. I can leave when I'm not productive in the early evening or late afternoon, get forty minutes of exercise in, and be back within an hour. I've no room for gym equipment here. I do need that timer, though, since all my timers are in the kitchen and I can't hear them from my office. I tend to finish a computer task and then get up and to a chore that requires physical activity.

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  10. I'm fortunate enough to have my gym right around the corner. I can leave when I'm not productive in the early evening or late afternoon, get forty minutes of exercise in, and be back within an hour. I've no room for gym equipment here. I do need that timer, though, since all my timers are in the kitchen and I can't hear them from my office. I tend to finish a computer task and then get up and to a chore that requires physical activity.

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  11. absolutely right! the timer would keep me on my toes for sure. I have the exercise bike and am very good (this year lol) at exercising every day on it (sometimes outside on my bike too) - makes a big difference - I'll last for an hour to two hours on it on really gung-ho days and about 40 minutes on days when I'm tired. It's made such a huge difference.

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