Today marks the 89th birthday of my grandfather…had he lived. In 1984 on this day, he suffered a fatal stroke on his 66th birthday. Family history suggests that lifestyle more than genes was the culprit.
Practicing law is a high stress job that leads down the same path to premature death unless something is done to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in the day and many excuses why a client or other matter should take precedence over exercise.
Fortunately, Sharon Odom Fling provided me with the solution when I met her on a flight to an Internet conference last month: the treadmill desk.
I ordered the same model that she has (Smooth Fitness 5.25), had a board cut at Lowes to serve as a desk, put the laptop on it, and have been having a blast exercising while working.
Here’s a picture of mine.
Does this ensure longevity? Of course not.
But it does increase my chances of living a long life…and a healthy one at that.
If you’re tired of being a couch potato, get yourself a treadmill desk.
For more information on why it works from a medical standpoint, check out this article about Dr. James Levine at the Mayo Clinic.