Monday, May 14, 2007


Exercises For Cubicle Slaves

Here is some, ahem, lame advice on how to exercise if all you do all day is sit around in your cubicle.

1) Take the long way on entering the building from the parking lot.

2) Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

3) Tighten your stomach for 10 seconds while at your desk, then repeat this exercise 15 times.

4) Raise a lightweight object toward the ceiling - like "the Statue of Liberty holding the torch", says the article at the link below, but a stapler or a "hefty paperweight" may suffice. Give the exercise 15 repetitions per arm, three times a day.

Hoooo-ahhh! Me, I remain skeptical of such paltry efforts, sadly recalling a line from William Gaddis' The Recognitions, in which he casts aspersions on the under-muscled bodies of the white collar middle class, as they are deprived of both the brawny labor of the working man and the active sporting life of the rich. I say, lift weights and hike mountains. We have been subjected to the disdain of other classes on this issue for countless generations, and it is certainly time for us to get buff.

"Get In Shape At The Office" from The Wall Street Journal

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