Getting Fit while Studying for Those Finals

By now most of you will have heard about, or seen, the two latest ‘editions’ to the Dacus collections.  I mean, of course, the two new FitDesks.  Now, what in the world is the library doing with gym equipment?

It’s a good question, and we ask ourselves not exactly that everyday, but questions like that, such as what is a library really about?  We don’t presume to know the definitive answer to that (because it’s always evolving) but we do know that it isn’t precisely what it’s always been, not exactly what it’s been for the last fifty years. But I digress.

Many now refer to sitting as the new smoking.  Whether you go along with this or not, we all know, and all have known for some time, that being sedentary is not in the best interests of your salubrious self, at least not over the long haul.  Since movement is important, no matter how insignificant, getting up helps keep the blood flowing, bike-oneespecially if you’ve been sitting for too long.  When the blood flows, ideas percolate, brain matter fires in the crucible of thought, and suddenly, things begin to make sense, sort of.

We moderns beat ourselves up too much about everything: how we look, how we act, how we think, how we vote and so on.  It’s good to be self-reflective, but occasionally we are a bit too self-reflective, too omphaloskeptic for our own good.  We worry too much about … everything.  Sitting may kill, but we know stress really does.

Having said all that, perhaps the best tonic is to stand up and get moving!  So, with that in mind, and with you heart in our hearts, we hope to make all of them better, stronger, and more invigorated. Hop on the new FitDesks with your favorite book or laptop and tell us what you think.  Do you want more of them?  Are two plenty?

We’ve placed them temporarily at the front of the building so we can monitor their use but they won’t stay there forever. If response is strong, we’ll add one or two more later this summer.

And no, our purchase of these FitDesks did not compromise, hurt or otherwise offend any books, serials, or other materials.



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