Your Exercise Buddy, the Computer

I have a program on my computer that prompts me at intervals to stand up, stretch, move my limbs and re-focus my eyes. It’s a wonderful program for promoting health, it only takes a few moments to set up and use–and I constantly ignore it. I’ve diagnosed the problem as inertia: a body working at a computer tends to remain at work.

That being said, similar programs to promote employee exercise are easy to install, a pleasure to use and reasonably priced (search for “computer programs for exercising at workstations” or a similar phrase).

Then there are the Wii™ type games simulating tennis, bowling, baseball, dancing and other physical activities. In addition, weight loss and personal training gurus have generated online self-help software faster than Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons once created DVDs. An outsider might think that the age of computers brought in a world-wide evolution toward healthier, more active lifestyles. Ah, well.

But what is your experience? Does computer software have a role in your workplace and your life to increase your physical activity and health? Leave your comments here or join the discussion on LinkedIn at Let’s Talk Health Care.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn and Let’s Talk Health Care.