Fitness, Focus, Functionality and Finding Time

M1 Standing Desk

Finding Fitness, Focus and Time with a Smart Desk!

Fitness is a worthy goal, and one that is on many people’s minds at this time of year.

New Year’s Resolutions having been made, we brave roadways and gyms with our Fitbits, GPS Devices, Smartwatches, and other wearable technology.

We feel energized and excited – it’s fun and we’re excited about the progress we’re making!

So where do you stand now with your fitness goals?  Are you still making strides, or has your resolve faltered?

This is often the time when life begins to intrude on your best intentions.  Sudden changes like snowstorms and special projects may throw you off track.  Maybe you catch a cold and don’t have the stamina to follow through on your regular workout.

Sometimes it takes flexibility and creativity to maintain your fitness regimen.  For example, climbing the stairs in your home or office might be an option on days when the weather keeps you indoors.  Even just stepping away from your desk and doing some stretches increases your energy while it also helps you fulfill your commitment to yourself.

And sometimes, when you get really busy, it helps to give yourself small reminders to step away and move around. Automating these reminders allows you to stay focused on your work, secure in the knowledge that you’ll know when it’s time to exercise.

M1 Features

The M1 puts a lot at your fingertips!

Enter the M1!  This is a new kind of standing desk that I was reading about recently.  I suspect that there will be many more such desks to follow.

The M1 offers the advantages of most standing desks with one big additional plus – it’s a smart desk that features connectivity to other smart devices – like your Fitbit.  Here’s a brief description from the NBC News website:

This smart standing desk has a built-in small touchscreen computer that syncs up with Fitbits, letting it both adjust your workspace and tell you when to take a break. There’s no need to log in to the desk: The M1 detects the presence of the Fitbit … and can raise or lower itself depending on your preferred preset. Once you’ve settled in, you can check your daily step count or calories burned without pulling out your phone.

Get a little too wrapped up in your work, though, and the M1 will give you a gentle reminder to move your body: The desk will move up and inch and then back down, getting your attention — hopefully without causing a typo or missed click. At $2,990 the M1 isn’t cheap (not by a long shot), but it’s one of the first smart desks out there.

Of course, you can also use a timer to remind yourself to take a break and get some exercise.  But I do think that the M1 is likely the harbinger of many smart desks to come.

What do you think about this technical innovation?  Can you see yourself making use of a time tool like this to help you find focus, fitness … and time?

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