After we know how dangerous it is too spend too much time in a chair ( see e.g. these articles here and here ) I think chairs should be labeled in the same way as cigarette packages need to be labeled nowadays, with signs like:
“Sitting for more than 23 hours a week increases your chance of dying from heart disease by 64 %”
“Get up every hour ! Exercising after work is not sufficient !”
What do you think ?
May be we should re-design our work places to force us getting out of our chairs regularly and more often, keeping in mind that the human body is not designed to sit for hours. We are designed to cross the savanna and chase animals, everything in our body works much better if we are moving, using our legs, driving up our heart beats once in a while. Instead of hunting animals some long distance walk, many short walks and other sorts of physical training might do the trick as well.
How about computer operating systems, media, entertainment and gaming gadgets going into suspend mode automatically after 1 or 2 hours, being wirelessly connected to some step counter a user has to carry and starting up again after you have walked so many steps ? Or asking you for a password displayed on some screen half a kilometer away ? How about “buying” extra computer or TV hours through your step counter, thus paying with number of steps done or amount of calories burned ?
How about a system assigning a network printer to your computer farthest away from your work place ?
How about forgetting about meeting rooms, doing meetings while doing a little hike ?
How about … any more ideas ?