Time Saver/Multitasking Tips — Exercise and Use Your Computer

Among the exercises I do, I spend at least 30 minutes daily on either my stationary bike or on a stepper. I prefer the bike, but the stepper has allowed me to put my laptop on a kitchen counter and keep working while exercising.

Recently, I found a great gadget that lets me use my bike and compute at the same time. It’s called the “SurfShelf Treadmill Desk and Laptop Holder” and I got it at Amazon.com.

According to its manufacturer, it fits 99% of all stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers. I can see how it would. It’s very simple to understand and install. Putting it together and attaching it to my bike only took a few minutes.

The SurfShelf people explain that even though it looks like ordinary clear plastic, it is made of 100% Polycarbonate — which is same used to make bullet-proof glass. They assure you it won’t ever break. And just in case you’re not so sure about its quality, they offer a no questions asked money back guarantee.

I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and am very pleased. Basically, it’s like installing a little shelf on your exerciser. You just put your laptop on it and strap in down with the included Velcro strap. Of course, since it is a shelf, you can use it for your iPad, a DVD player or a book. I just think of it for my laptop because it’s so great to reclaim 30 minutes of previously lost work time.

Of course, you don’t have to work. You can surf the web, watch videos, update Facebook, answer emails or anything else that would make exercising more fun.

Get your own at Amazon SurfShelf Treadmill Desk and Laptop Holder.

Here’s a video showing installation and use:

How about a “laughter break?”

'''The proverb “laughter is the best medicine,” is so old and well-used that we no longer remember its origin. I was first introduced to it as a kid reading “Readers Digest,” in their column “Laughter is The Best Medicine,” a column still being published. And I was delighted as a graduate psychology student, years later, to find that the old saying actually had research to back up its truth.

I think what brought laughter-as-treatment to the forefront of popular consciousness was Norman Cousins’ book, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. Cousins wrote about how he developed his own recovery program for a serious illness, a great deal of which relied upon a positive attitude and a great deal of laughter.

Since that time, much research has been done in the physical and psychological benefits of laughter. The beneficial effects of laughter are profound and long-lasting. But even better, some of them are immediate.

Who doesn’t want to do something that makes you feel good right away, is contagious, makes other people around you feel good right away, and makes you more socially attractive?

Dr. Joe Kosterich wrote an excellent article explaining these basics, which I published earlier today. Not surprisingly, it’s titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine.”

I’d like to put together the research on the benefits of laughter with the current research on the harm that so many of us do to ourselves by sitting so much each day. To remind yourself of some of the harm sitting does, go back to an earlier article on this blog where I included a borrowed infographic that explains it in detail: See “Are You Sitting Down for This? Sitting Kills.”

I’d like to suggest that you not only take breaks to avoid illness and injury from sitting, but also that you make some of those breaks “laughter breaks.”

Ever so often, get up from your chair, and go find some office mate to share a joke or a cartoon or a funny story with. It will get you a brief bit of exercise, it will help solidify your social/career network, and it will be fun. But before you do that, please take a moment to read Dr. Joe’s article.

Tendinitis, productivity, trackpads and dictation

If you notice that it’s been a while since I’ve been posting, it’s because I’ve been having trouble with elbow tendinitis and the possible onset of carpal tunnel syndrome. So, I have to restrict the amount of use I make of my computer. The keyboard isn’t nearly so much a problem since I have Dragon Dictate.

However, I have been making some adjustments in my computer equipment, such as getting the Apple Magic Trackpad to ease some of the difficulties I have with my mouse. And, I have added several new exercises to my routines.

Between some equipment changes, chair adjustments, rest and exercises, I’m getting the issue resolved and should soon be back to higher productivity. In fact, I should have some new posts for you later today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, for those of you who occasionally experience the same problems I’m embedding some excellent videos below that shows some great exercises for both wrists and elbows.

Before you go to the videos, though, I’d like to take a moment to plug Dragon Dictate again, and also highly recommend that you check out Apple Magic Trackpad. I’m not ready yet for a long review post, but I’ve reviewed Dragon Dictate a couple of times before, (see the latest review here — it has all the links you need.) and they’ve just published a new version that’s even faster and easier. Of course, most of my readers are on the PC, so for you guys, it’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I have a copy of the PC version as well as my much-used Mac version and think it’s even better than the Mac one. (Don’t tell Apple that I cheat on them with Windows from time to time!)

As far as the Apple Magic Trackpad goes, I think everyone is going to want one of these sooner or later. There are a lot of moves you make with a mouse that eventually give you trouble with your elbows, and the trackpad eliminates a great deal of them. Right now, I’m finding it convenient to use both mouse and trackpad in conjunction with one another. It’s working very well.

And, no, there are no affiliate links in the above recommendations. Just want you to know about this stuff.

Without further delay — here are those videos.

Tennis Elbow Treatment Exercises Level #1

Tennis Elbow Treatment Exercises Level #2

Tennis Elbow Treatment Exercises Level #3

Tennis Elbow – The Best Stretch