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Work Just Got Worse

9:15 AM -- Reuters reports on a new invention that will destroy the ability to blame our work hours for our lack of exercise:

    Think work feels like a treadmill now? Try a new desk designed at the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic -- for those who over-indulge on Mayo.

Moving on...

    They built what they called a "vertical workstation" -- a desk fitted over a standard treadmill. They persuaded 15 obese people to work at this treadmill-desk and measured how many calories they burned.

Persuading the obese with the ever-tricky cupcake on a stick method, I presume. Sneaky, sneaky...

    "If obese individuals were to replace time spent sitting at the computer with walking computer time by 2 to 3 hours a day, and if other components of energy balance were constant, a weight loss of 20 to 30 kg a year could occur," the researchers wrote.

OK, so in case you have missed the message: If you sit in a chair while you work you are lazy, fat, and inadequate. Sorry tubby, but whistling while you work no longer counts as sufficient multitasking.

— Red Panda, Horizontal Employee, Light Reading

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