Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Peddling and pedaling

I've been peddling books. I spent part of my lunch hour, and some time after work, giving out promo pieces for our 99 cent collection, Love in a Small Town. They are just little slips of paper with the image of the digital boxed set and where to buy it. I enjoy doing this type of promo, because I get to talk to people one on one. I try not to be too pushy, but I want to share these stories with as many people as possible because I believe in them. Today most of the people I talked to would not have learned about it via social media. Most of them seemed interested, too, which was fun.

I've also been thinking about another type of pedaling--the bicycle kind. I'm concerned about health problems related to sitting too much. I've gained weight in the last couple of years, due to a more sedentary job, shorter walk to work, and many fewer steps inside my apartment compared to the biggish house we used to live in. I've become intrigued with the idea of having a standing desk, and maybe even bicycle-type pedals on my big tall stool (for when I'm not standing at my standing desk.) The Mayo Clinic website, among other things, suggests: "Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day."

We should all be walking or bicycling while working. Doesn't that sound like fun?

I know it won't happen, because it's unusual, and expensive, and probably more complicated than I realize. Maybe I should propose it this way: my pedals could be hooked up to a generator, so I could generate the electricity to run my computer. Win-win, right?


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