In a few hours, a very long winter break will begin, during which most people will surrender to the glum grey weather, taking long naps on couches and eating foods loaded with sugar and fat. It’s a biological instinct, and I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it. However, there is an alternative: Running out into the snow, we can grapple with the winter, shoveling it, sledding on it, and rolling it up into great big balls until we drop from exhaustion.
Although we don’t always have a choice about where we live or work, we have a choice in the way that we encounter our environments. In professional offices, for example, people have embraced the tradition of doing their work sitting down. There’s no reason most workers couldn’t be standing up, or even walking, while they work, with a little adaptation.
Another possibility is that people could bike at work. WeWatt, a Belgian company, has designed a desk called the We Bike. It’s a combination of a desk with three seats, each with its own set of pedals, as on a bicycle. Those pedals are attached to an electrical generator, which, when people are pedaling, creates enough energy to power their computers or mobile communication devices.
The exercise and clean energy coming out of your office just might counteract the moral deficit created by that regrettable memo that was just sent out…