Health & Fitness

Leveling Up My Standing Desk

Last year when I upgraded my standing desk to a VariDesk and purchased new monitors I thought that I had more or less created the perfect standing desk for myself. To me, a great standing workstation allows you to stand and move around comfortably most of the time while still having the ability to easily transition into leaning or sitting positions without any compromises. The more that I worked in last year’s setup, there were a few compromises that I wanted to attempt to fix:… Continue reading


Fitness Bands & Passive, Continuous Health Tracking

Last week I upgraded my beloved Garmin Vivosmart to one of their newer models, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+. The main difference between the two is that the HR+ has a heart rate monitor. Particularly interesting is that it doesn’t just track heart rate during a workout, it tracks it passively all day long. It’s super simple to pull up a quick graph on the device or get more details within the app. The thing with wrist based heart rate trackers is that they’re known for… Continue reading


Taking My Standing Desk To The Next Level With A VariDesk, New Monitors, A Mogo Seat, & More

In 2010 I started experimenting with a standing desk setup after learning how bad sitting all day is. By 2011 I was working at a standing desk full time. I wrote a 1-year follow-up but I haven’t posted about it much since. I’m still standing, but over the past few months I overhauled my office to better fit the way I’m working in 2016. The Problem With My Old Setup In short, my main issue has been the same problem that I mentioned in my… Continue reading


Why We Still Pay For Health Insurance In Full For Every Employee

Last month I had a dentist appointment. The dental hygienist – who I’ve known for my entire life – was asking me how business was and we eventually got on the topic of health care costs. I mentioned that our plan was being canceled and we had to pick a new plan for 2013. After quite a bit of research we were able to find a pretty good new plan. Of course, it’s still significantly more expensive than the old plan and has significantly worse… Continue reading


Standing Desk: 1 Year Later

It’s been just over a year since I switched to a standing desk (see: Standing Desks are Awesome (and exhausting) and My Efforts to Sit Less). Some thoughts after sticking with it for over a year: Like any new habit, it was hard at first but now has become such a part of my daily life that I barely notice it.  Standing is how I do my work when I’m home. After a few months my endurance got to the point where a 10-12 hour… Continue reading


Standing Desks are Awesome (and exhausting)

In August I pulled a muscle in my back. It was bad enough that sitting for long periods of time became uncomfortable. This was a big problem because, well, I sit all day long while I work. About a year ago I wrote about my efforts to sit less, which included using a standing station for my laptop sometimes. In that post I outlined all of the mounting research that suggests that sitting all day long can be bad for you. After that I continued… Continue reading


The Results of My “Bike to Work” Experiment

Ever since I picked up my bike I’ve been looking for an opportunity to attempt to ride in to work. I generally go in every Monday and Wednesday, and then every few Tuesday’s and the occasional Thursday or Friday. Since I head over to my parents after work every Wednesday, Monday was the day I decided to focus on. It’s about a 25 minute drive so I knew the bike ride would be over an hour each way. I needed to find a Monday that… Continue reading



When I moved in to my apartment one of the cooler “perks” was that it was located right on the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway, a bike trail along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers that is part a New York State bike trail that follows the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany. Over the winter I picked up a 2011 Montague Paratrooper, a folding mountain bike that’s used by the US Military. According to their site, “its patented folding design was developed to allow airborne soldiers to drop… Continue reading


What’s the True Cost of Eating Out?

One of the best (and most depressing) numbers to look at when buying a car is the “true cost to own”, which factors in deprecation on a loan, interest, insurance, taxes, etc etc to give you a true idea of how much owning your car is actually costing you. Edmunds has a great TCO calculator if you’re interested in trying it out. For instance, a very modest 2011 Honda Civic LX 2dr Coupe with a MSRP of $17,555 will cost you roughly $32,440 to own… Continue reading


My Efforts to Sit Less

Starting with a NY Times article in February entitled Stand Up While You Read This! there has been quite a bit of attention paid to recent studies concluding that sitting is bad for you irrespective of the amount of exercise you get. Another good article is Sentenced to the Chair by the team at Men’s Health. Here’s an excerpt from the NY Times article: It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of… Continue reading