Adding Movement to Your Work From Home Life

So many aspects of our lives have changed since March. If you’re one of the millions of Americans now working from home, things have changed a whole heck of a lot. On the plus side, you no longer have a commute and you slashed your dry cleaning bill. On the other side, though, you might be sitting for hours in a non-ergonomic chair, slumping over to see your work on a poorly-lit desk. Even in the best of home office setups, sitting for hours is bad for your health. Let me repeat that: SITTING FOR HOURS IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

One of the medical pros in my new Wellness by Design book, Nina Geromel, doctor of physical therapy, put it this way:

“Sitting for prolonged periods of time is the new smoking. Even if you are a physically active individual and get exercise regularly, it doesn’t negate the effects that prolonged sitting can have on the body. Despite exercising, prolonged sitting has been shown to adversely affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels, putting you at greater risk for strokes and cardiovascular disease.”

In other words, an hour on the Peleton does not make up for 10 nonstop hours on the Aeron (below) — and that’s a darn good desk chair!

Design Milk, one of the most popular and best design sites on the Internet, asked me to write a piece on this topic, which just published.  Here’s a link with lots of solutions for upping your movement potential.

Even with the best ergonomic desk chairs, it’s important to get up and move regularly!
(Photo: Herman Miller // Wellness by Design (Tiller Press) (c) J. Gold)

PS: As soon as I finish this post, I’m going to take my own advice, turn up my music and “dance between drafts.”



Five Star Amazon Review: “Brilliant! I loved all the great tips in this book. There’s something for everyone whether you’re building a home from the ground up, in a rental where you can’t make permanent changes, or somewhere in between.” C. Nelson (Verified Purchase, Oct. 30, 2020).

I’m always grateful for glowing reviews of my books. You can find them on Goodreads and Amazon. (I’d greatly appreciate your reviews too! Here’s a downloadable form to quickly and easily write one you can copy/paste onto your favorite book sites.)


“Love it!” Ebony Stephenson, kitchen and bath designer (@designs_by_ebony)

“Big congrats to my friend Jamie Gold on the publication of her terrific new book! It’s a great read under any circumstances, but is particularly timely right now. This is so much more than a design book, it’s a book that gives you great ideas for living a happier, healthier life. Highly recommended!” Janice Costa, design industry editor (@caninecampgetaway)



  • I’m delighted that Next Avenue, one of the top sites for the 50-plus crowd (created by PBS), shared a few of my tips for beating Seasonal Affective Disorder (AKA winter blues or SAD) with its millions of readers. Here’s a link to that piece.

Save these dates:

  • I’m going to be visiting with Ali Wenzke’s Happy Moments IGTV show on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 AM Pacific time/10:30 Eastern to share wellness design tips. (I apologize for posting the incorrect date last week — you did not miss this segment!)
  • I’ll be giving a presentation on  YOUR HOME AND YOUR HEALTH — THE FIVE FACETS OF WELLNESS DESIGN IN A PANDEMIC AND BEYOND on December 8, 2020 at 11 am PST/2 pm EST, hosted by the Coronado Public Library. More details to come!
  • I’ll be speaking at the first-ever virtual International Builders Show in February 2021. My session description is live now on the IBS site! The dates are 2/9 through 2/12. I’ll keep you posted as my slot is scheduled.



I’m planning posts on creating a healthy, stylish poker room at home and healthy home holiday helpers on Gold Notes.  If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up at the bottom of this page. (Don’t worry, your info will never be shared or sold!).




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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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