Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Yeah – head over to Start Standing, and you can read all about the risks associated with sitting all day long. Research has shown that it slows metabolism by 90% after just 30 minutes, messes with cholesterol levels, and can even shorten our lifespan.
This is all bad news for me because I spend a lot of time sitting for On Pasture – an average of at least 50 hours a week for the last 6 years.
But all that has changed since I bit the bullet and bought a desk that raises up so that I can stand and work. In fact I stood most of last week! (Of course, now that I’m reading the instructions, I’ve learned I was supposed to start slow and build up, but anyone who knows me will tell you that’s just not my style. It’s all or nothing!) At first it was hard to stand and type at the same time. But after a few hours I was back to normal.
I think this is a good change, and it means that I’ll be healthy enough to keep On Pasture going well into the future.
But me standing up for On Pasture is only part of the solution.
It won’t work unless you stand up for On Pasture too. And I’m not talking about you standing at your desk, or carrying around signs that say, “I’m standing up for On Pasture” (though I support all those things!). We need you to stand up with some financial support.
Of the 100,000 readers who are using the resources On Pasture provides, only about 1% of you contribute to covering what it costs to make On Pasture happen every week. that contrasts with the 95% of you who say that On Pasture has contributed to improving your operations. What that means is standing up for On Pasture is a great way to stand up for yourself too.
So, if On Pasture has helped you out, we’d appreciate you standing up for us during our spring fund drive. We have to raise a minimum of $15,000 from readers in order to make the match for our grant. One time gifts are great. But if you can become an ongoing supporter, that is especially helpful for showing funders that readers appreciate what On Pasture does.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!