I think always reading a book about health and wellness is the secret to staying healthy. Last year when I was reading the Omnivores’ Dilemma, I curbed my eating. Of course, when I was done I started back to my old ways. This weekend I just finished A.J. Jacobs Drop Dead Healthy. I didn’t want the book to end. It was a fun, easy read, and it made me want to strive to be healthier.
In fact this morning when I got up, I started searching Craigslist for a treadmill (under $100 is my goal). In Drop Dead Healthy, Jacobs recommends walking on a treadmill while at work. When I’m teaching classes I’m standing and moving around, but when I’m at the PC doing admin stuff for the company, I can sit for hours at a time.
I know how bad sitting is, so walking at a 1-2 mph pace instead seems like a great idea. I love multi-tasking, too. I think it will make it easier for me to focus, plus I get lots of good ideas when I go for a walk. Maybe this is partly because I break myself away from the computer, but I think many great minds took long walks—Mark Twain for example.
To me it seems like a great place to start. I’ll get a treadmill, rig up a way to type while at it. Then I’ll be sneaking in some exercise ultimately making me healthier, and as if that isn’t enough I’ll start to become one of the greatest thinkers of our times. (I might have this treadmill while working thing hyped up a bit…I’ll keep you posted.)