I spend most of my workday walking on this treadmill desk because sitting kills more people than smoking. For every one hour you sit, two hours of your life is lost forever.
Dr. James Levine makes strong claims in today’s Book-of-the-Day, “Get Up.”
And he’s no pseudo “fake” scientist. He runs a Mayo Clinic…
His main point is that your office chair, your sofa, the seat in your car – they are all killing you.
75% of health care costs (currently at $3.8 trillion) come from things like diabetes, high blood pressure, back pain, obesity, depression, cancer, cardiovascular disease – issues directly related to sitting too much.
Here are my book notes:
1. Going to the gym won’t fix sitting all day: “4 large studies in Australia and the U.S. demonstrate that going to the gym at the end of the day sadly doesn’t quite offset the apparent harm of sitting all day long.”
2. To lose weight you have to increase your “NEAT” activity – your non-exercise activity: “Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) calories—explain why an active person can expend 2,000 calories a day more than an inactive person of the same size.”
3. It’s sitting at work that’s your main problem: “Job is the major predictor of NEAT. Active work can expend 2,000 calories per day more than a sedentary job.”
4. It’s killing our kids: “In the USA only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools and 2% of high schools provide daily physical education. We were also told that many fidgety children (probably those with high NEAT in their brain circuits) were frequently medicated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”
5. Walk after eating: “With a 1-mph walk after a meal, blood sugar peaks are halved. After every meal, I take a short NEAT walk, usually for 15 minutes”
6. Walk 10,000 steps (2 to 3 miles) using a treadmill desk: This way you can use work hours to get in the ideal 10,000 steps a day. Plus treadmills can measure your daily steps. Also most iPhones now can measure too.
I love my treadmill desk. Set it to 1.5 mph and you easily walk 5 miles a day without even realizing it.
your office chair, a treadmill desk
Is it ok to lie in certain circumstances – what if you’re an undercover policeman or your kid asks if Santa Clause is real?
The famous scientist, Sam Harris, tries to answer that question in today’s Book-of-the-Day, “Lying.”
Harris starts by saying, “We often behave in ways that are guaranteed to make us unhappy. Many of us spend our lives marching with open eyes toward remorse, regret, guilt, and disappointment. And nowhere do our injuries seem more casually self-inflicted, or the suffering we create more disproportionate to the needs of the moment, than in the lies we tell to other human beings. Lying is the royal road to chaos.”
Lies that save lives.
This book basically makes the point that in the long run it almost always pays to tell the truth.
Here are some of my takeaways:
1. Lying is everywhere and it causes lower life satisfaction levels: “One study suggests that 10 percent of communication between spouses is deceptive… Research suggests that all forms of lying—including white lies meant to spare the feelings of others—are associated with less satisfying relationships.”
2. Most white lies just perpetuate delusion but brutal honesty breaks delusion: “A friend of mine recently asked me whether I thought he was overweight. He probably was just asking for reassurance. I answered my friend’s question very directly: ‘No one would ever call you ‘fat,’ but if I were you, I’d want to lose twenty-five pounds.’ That was two months ago, and he is now fifteen pounds lighter.”
3. Our biggest lies are usually to ourselves: “Self-deception isn’t of any value either. I was never going to be a professional singer. People could have said, ‘Oh, you’re a great singer. You ought to quit your job and start recording.’ But that’s just bullshit.”
4. Honesty breaks addictions: “Honesty can force any dysfunction in your life to the surface. Are you in an abusive relationship? A refusal to lie to others—How did you get that bruise?—would oblige you to come to grips with this situation very quickly. Do you have a problem with drugs or alcohol? Lying is the lifeblood of addiction.”
This is a complex subject. Some evolutionary biologists like Trivers might disagree with this all or nothing stance on lying. They might point out that humans lie because at times it’s best for the survival of the group.
I don’t know the answer but I do think it’s a powerful concept we must all contemplate for ourselves.
When do you think lying is justified?
stay strong, tai, santa clause
Tai interviews psychologist George Mumford, adviser to all-star athletes Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and championship winning coach Phil Jackson.
Hear the legendary stories and lessons learned from over twenty years experience working in professional sports.
They discuss everything from sports, mindfulness and how Tai can improve his ping pong skills 🙂
There’s a ton of good information in this video you can take away and apply to your life.
A lot of what George Mumford talks about is stuff Tai wishes someone had told him when he was 18.