Everybody seems to be writing articles about the benefits of standing while you work, as well as potentially walking at the same time.
My friend Susan Orlean wrote a wonderful account for the New Yorker of her conversion from sitter to stander to "walking alive." Lex Friedman and I were part of the legion of Twitter friends and real-life buddies that kept egging her on until she made the switch. Seems to suit her.
My father sent me a link to an LA Times story that covers similar material in a more admonitory tone. We're killing ourselves by sitting! Having spent 20 years mostly seated during the day, I'm glad to be mostly standing, just for a change.
Last week, I wrote an Economist Babbage blog item about my first two weeks with a Fitbit, which tracks your steps; my unit also tracks stairs/altitude climbed. I went from walking perhaps 10 miles a week and rarely using my treadmill to getting the competitive fervor and crossing 40 miles two weeks in a row. Its tracking system is full of small to large rewards and competitions (against one's self or friends) that has prodded me. I know I can reach those goals every day, and I know that I can beat Lex's step count on the weeks he flies to Australia and back.