Hacking your Meatware: exercises you can do at your desk

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5:45 – 6:30pm in B202/203


You will learn about risks to your neck, shoulders, hips and core from sitting at a keyboard for hours at a time.
Learn a quick 6-breath sun salutation, simple stretches, the need for regular movement. Discuss sitting, standing, walking, reclining.
Simple, incremental, safe, easy.


Sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time affects your body in many negative ways. Your hips get tight, and your core gets soft. In this session, you will practice some simple stretching and strengthening movements to rebalance your body (so you can hack longer).

Breathing and hydrating are required for your life to continue. You’ll get more out of both if you take these actions consciously and deliberately. You will learn a simple breathing exercise with some stretching built in. Have a drink of water first, though.

Are there stairs where you work? Go up the stairs at least once each day. Is there a railing? You can do reverse rows on almost any bar. The same creativity and problem-solving skills you use in your work can be applied to your health. We will discuss some things to look for, and ways to engage your co-workers. Make it a game.

Speaking experience

I did a broader version of this talk at OSB in 2011. I have spoken about software testing at other conferences.