AtA: Wacky Antics and Chair Alternatives

Posted May 31st, 2010 in Ask the Author by Clint

Alrighty, so I read the e-book, and I really enjoyed the information and presentation and will definitely start giving in to my whacky side more by skipping to class and the like.

I don’t want to dissuade your originality or individualism in any way, but if you want to get some leverage on yourself and make things interesting, you might consider doing ‘whacky’ stuff with a buddy. Not only is it fun and motivating to have someone to race, but herd mentality suggests that if there is one person doing something out of the ordinary, people view that person with skepticism and suspicion. But if you go screaming by with a friend (or two), it makes people question if in fact you’re doing the right thing and they’re screwing up somehow.

Be sure to link the news article if you somehow get a majority of people on campus to dash frantically between classes. You trendsetter you.

But I have one question, what would you suggest as an alternate to a chair?

This is both an excellent question and a seemingly never-ending frustration to me. I have tried all manner of ergonomic chairs, kneeling chairs, silly bosu-ball chair things, even hammocks, beanbags, and recliners. I also know more than one trainer who puts their laptop on a tall shelf or bar and just stands up while they use the computer. The fact most people generally lean forward to get at the computer only complicates matters. But I am still searching for something that biomechanically makes sense.

At present, I personally have a regular ergonomic office chair approved by various back-health organizations, but truth be told I probably spend half of my time with my feet in it, squatting. Like right now. I’m not even kidding.

Since using a computer is typically the easiest way to be stuck in a chair for long periods, the best trick I can suggest at this point is to simply alter your position frequently, and also to stand up when you can. If you’re not interacting with the keyboard at any given moment, standing up, turning around, squatting down, doing any sort of movement that helps break up a static, prolonged position is probably the best damage control you can do.

We Have Lift-off: 10,000 downloads of the e-book

Posted April 28th, 2010 in Uncategorized by Clint

So I missed refreshing at exactly the right moment and thus didn’t get a screenshot of 10,000 even, but here’s a nice one of 10,004, which means (I hope) roughly 10k people are now have read, are reading, or intend to read Brain Over Brawn (I’d like to to think the people who have downloaded it more than once are balanced out by the people sharing the book itself rather than the link).

10,000 downloads, holy bejowly

Go Team Venture! o/\o

If you enjoyed and/or benefited from the book, if you have a story to tell about how it helped you or someone you know, or if you just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line. Readers like you are the reason I’m doing/have done this in the first place, and I am delighted to hear when it’s made a difference for someone.  And feel free to keep giving that link to anyone you think it might benefit (hint: it’s good for just about anyone, and it’s not a “hey you are fat maybe this book can help” sort of thing; everybody wants to be ‘healthier’ no matter their current condition). I’ve got the bandwidth, let’s do this thing.