Most of us have heard that sitting is the new smoking. Sitting for hours on end is not good for you as our bodies aren’t designed for such a sedentary lifestyle. In an article by Livestrong.com, Why Sitting is Bad for You and How to Avoid it, they spell out the hazards of sitting;
A 14-year study involving nearly 185,000 participants published in the American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that time spent sitting was independently associated with mortality. Perhaps most startling: This result was true regardless of the participants’ physical activity levels. The risks of sitting have become clear enough that the Medical Journal of Australia published an article declaring that prolonged sitting at a desk may be “hazardous” and urging doctors and employers to prescribe or consider alternatives.
Most of us that work in an office often feel too tired at the end of our day to even think about exercise. Anyone who works at a computer all day knows that it can be mentally draining. We crave sweets and junk food when work gets too stressful. Yes, everyone has that bag of chips in the drawer just in case. You feel like there is no way to stay healthy and fit, we sit at our desks in front of a computer screen all day. We are not alone, for most who work in the corporate world staying fit and healthy is a challenge.
Here are some ideas on how to circumvent this issue. With some work habit and lifestyle changes you will be well on your way to a happier (we all like to feel and look good), healthier you!
What we can do
Your mother always told you it was the most important meal of the day. She was right. A wholesome breakfast provides you with the energy you need to get through the first half of you day. The science behind your breakfast is real and not just mom’s advice. Breakfast breaks the fasting period from overnight and replenishes your supply of glucose. This helps your brain function at peak performance.
Back away from the donuts
Those snacks that our co-worker place on their desk for all are a no-no. Those snacks have no nutritional value, leading you into a roller coaster of sugar highs and crashing lows. Instead of the afternoon visit to the vending machine, bring your own snacks from home. Include such things as baby carrots, nuts, cheese sticks, fresh fruit or a small bag of savory crackers. A small piece of dark chocolate is okay if you get the nods in the afternoon
Drink lots of water
Hydration, hydration, hydration. It will keep your mind off soda and sugary drinks and my even help you avoid the afternoon crash. Bring a 16 oz. container filled with water and yummy things like cucumber, lemon or orange slices. Try to finish that by lunch. Fill it again and finish that by 3, fill once again and finish before your go home at 5. Having trouble talking yourself into drinking water? Make it a duty. Seriously, say, “I will drink this and fill this and drink it again.” These breaks to refill (and potty) will get you up from your desk for a quick walk – it all helps.
Exercise and Stretch
For every hour of work, get up and move around. This can be done while waiting for a program to load or get up and go talk with a co- worker instead of sending them that email. If you don’t have a lot of flexibility in your schedule – or your boss may think you are not being productive walking around the office – get creative. Just stand at your desk while you are on a conference call. You can even do some exercises while sitting at your desk. Check out these handy exercises from WebMD.
These are just a few easy steps to help you stay healthier even while you work your awesome office job. You don’t need to quit work to be healthy. And if you are lucky enough to live in one of the great neighborhoods in Stapleton Denver, there are a ton of great outdoor activities for the weekends.
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