Why bother moving anymore? Motion, discovered by Newton in the 1600â€™s, has become outmoded in a few quick centuries. Maybe Newtonâ€™s First Law, â€˜an object in motion tends to stay in motionâ€™, should be repealed? I still need Newtonâ€™s Third Law, â€˜For every action there is an equal and opposite reactionâ€™, however. Thatâ€™s the only thing keeping my ass from falling through the sofa.
I think my motionless day is similar to any other tech workerâ€™s. I get up, get the paper, sit down, and read awhile. I get in my car, which Iâ€™m careful to park inside the house to avoid that long walk outside, and drive to work. While the car itself is traveling at great speeds, Iâ€™m just sitting there, not really moving too much. I used to reach for the radio controls, but then car makers put them on the steering wheel. I used to curl my cell phone, but now its-hands free, so I donâ€™t dare touch it. I heard people used to have cars with clutches, which sounds like a good leg workout, but alas I have an automatic.
When I get to work I take the elevator to the second floor and plop down in front of the computer in my cube. On breaks, I sometimes pace the diagonal, 11.31 feet. I used to walk to meetings, but we have NetMeetings now, or video conferences. I always wonder about video conferencesâ€”does it really help communication to watch the remote people slouch-gazing at a spot two feet right of everyone in the room? Anyway, if I get hungry I got my mini-fridge right there. After awhile Iâ€™m sitting my way back home again.
I normally take care of dinner, walking to the door to pay the delivery guy. The delivery guyâ€™s whole job is about movingâ€¦so we donâ€™t have too. For entertainment thereâ€™s self-programmed TiVo, maybe a (FedExâ€™d) DVD, or surfing the Internet. I used to take a breathless walk upstairs to get on the computer, but a wireless router and laptop solved that nicely. To recover from sitting around so much I lay in bed sleeping for eight hours at a time.