Technology’s enhancement of the human experience is the focus of the Architechnologist, often leaving the human part unrepresented. The concept of the “quantified self” has been discussed and embraced (to a small degree), augmented reality and Google Glass are often referred to with near mythic status and the connected place is a cornerstone of our passion — but the un-enhanced body that we all inhabit? It has been overlooked and this post aims to remedy that.
Before launching the Architechnologist, I began a journey to reclaim my health; I was obese and horribly unfit. Just eighteen months ago, I began by simply removing junk-food and adding mild exercise on weekdays. Twelve months ago, I joined an Evernote Fitness Challenge — a 30-day experiment that has led to a dramatic weight loss based on a low-carbohydrate diet and regular exercise. Now, with a weight loss of sixty pounds (that’s a 6 followed by a 0) and an energy level that I have not had since before my wife and I had our first child (we now have three), I am faced with a new challenge: what to do next to keep the self that I worked to get.
After an unscheduled meeting at the International Consumer Electronics Show, I believe that I have found the answer to that question: a sit-stand desk from Ergotron. I found supporting research and a tremendous amount of information for those interested in joining the growing network of “standers” at juststand.org.
I received a sit-stand desk a week ago and have been standing about half of my workday, six days a week. With this limited experience, I am already starting to see some of the reported benefits in myself… let’s see what the next week brings.