Monday, 28 September 2015

10 Tips for Sitting Less

It's been said many times that nowadays we sit far too much.  Obviously a lot of this can't be helped because our jobs have changed so much since we entered this technological age.

Much of the working day for many is spent sitting at a desk, and whereas before computers we would get up and walk to someone else's desk or office to deliver a memo or such, it's now all done by email.

People no longer walk or cycle to work but instead jump in their cars, even for the shortest of journeys.

So many are over weight or even obese and often suffer from all the ailments and diseases that go along with that extra fat.

But seemingly, even if one is slim and our correct weight, sitting down too much during the course of a waking day we are still in danger of all sorts of avoidable diseases.

So here are 10 tips that I have discovered for sitting less.
  1. Take a walk break every time you take a coffee break.
  2. Stand up when taking business or home phone calls.
  3. Walk to a co-workers desk instead of emailing them or calling them. 
  4. Take the stairs whenever you can.
  5. After reading six pages of a book get up and move around a little.
  6. Whenever watching TV, stand up and move around with every commercial break.
  7. Get a stand up desk.
  8. Park further away from your destination.
  9. Set up an alarm to remind you every 20 minutes to get up and move around.
  10. Take 15 minutes walk break around the block at work.
And I'd like to add a personal one for a number 11 - If your journey is 4 miles or less get a bike and ride instead of taking the car.


Friday, 25 September 2015

About this Blog

My active blog up until now has been on http://sandy.u.yuku.com.  Sadly Yuku blogs at this point in time are pretty basic and not open for non-yuku members to view.

I have spent many years waiting and hoping, with all their many different owners and many different updates on Yuku in the last 10 years, that one of those updates would be the creation of a decent blog.  Unfortunately this has never happened.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Brand New Trike

Today I took delivery of my brand new tricycle.  Not only a new trike but this one is an E-Trike.

In anticipation of it's arrival I sold my old manual trike (Tess) to my local bike shop for £200.  It was a very fair price for her considering she was 6 years old, spotted with rust and had done a lot of miles for me.  She had only cost me brand new £450.

I did love old Tess and was sorry to see her go, but unfortunately the hills were becoming a little too hard for me to plod on up with her and after over a year of thinking about going electric I finally made the decision to do so.

The new trike is not like the normal type of trike, electric or otherwise as she does in fact ride like a 2 wheeler.

She/he (I haven't quite decided which gender it is) has what is called a tilting action.  By the twist of a lever one can release the rigid frame from the back which allows the the front of the bike to tilt and thereby lean around corners just as a 2 wheeler does.

This allows the back of the trike to be a lot narrower than the usual style of delta trike which needs the width for stability to enable it to go around corners without toppling over.

Another feature is that one can either choose to manually ride with no power assist, 3 levels of electric pedal assist or use the throttle to ride completely with power.

Unfortunately due to having to be out and about both today and tomorrow I wont get a chance for a decent ride out on it until Monday.

The photo below is of the official sales photo because I haven't yet had a chance to take a photo of my own.

I now need to think of a name for her/him, as I do like to name all of my bikes.