Is Your Work Making You Fatter?

Apparently, yes it is. An article on MSNBC entitled, “Your Desk Job is Making You Fat, Study Confirms” – got my attention. What it says is that we are actually eating better than we were during the ’70’s, and are also moving more. However, during the day we’re less active than we were 30 years ago – and it’s this inactivity for extended periods during the day that is making us fatter. Since most of work for a living during the job, and most of us are at desk jobs these days, what can you do about this situation?

  • Take your breaks and walk around the block a few times a day. All it takes is 10 minutes of brisk walking to boost the metabolism.
  • Sign up at a gym that’s near your office and try and go 2-3 times a week. Each session doesn’t need to be an hour long grueling workout, just keep a set of gym clothes with you, do a quick, 30 minute circuit workout at the gym. If you only work up a light sweat you can often just freshen up with baby wipes or a cool washcloth and soap, then change back into your clothes.
  • If you don’t have a gym near you- take a few times a week and find a park or a place where you can do body weight exercises such as lunges, squats, and push-ups. Combine these exercises with a few stretches for 20-30 minutes and you’ll boost your metabolism to the next level.
  • Use the stairs. It may seem cliche’ but it works. Take the stairs, deliver memos by hand on the other side of the building, and do whatever it takes to get upĀ  from your chair once an hour – even for a few minutes.
  • Stretch it out. When you go to the restroom, stretch for a few minutes when you can.
  • Sign up for outside or off-site projects. Most desk jobs have some field work involved occasionally. Go see a client, check progress at the engineering site, or whatever your profession allows.

Every little bit adds up to make a difference, so don’t discount any opportunity to move! While you incorporate these ideas into your work, also be aware of food and the role it plays with your weight. Calorie-laden client lunches, office parties and snacks, and the like can take a toll on your weight. And if you find you’re in the market for a diet plan that is lifestyle-oriented, you may want to check out Rob Poulous’ Fat Burning Furnace too.

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