Thursday, May 19, 2011

Employees get a move on


Great article in the NY Times this weekend.

Employers tell workers to get a move on.

I've been there. The office is a dangerous place... both nutritionally and mechanically.

Big restaurant lunches, and daily high sugar snacks on every corner make it really easy to pack on pounds in all the wrong areas.

Sitting (incorrectly) all day can promote postural issues, back pain, poor hip mobility, carpal tunnel, and a strong desire to go home collapse on the couch (promoting poor posture further and inactivity).

If you aren't careful, the office setting makes it really easy to blindly pick up on others' bad habits.

Tips:

  • Every once in a while get out of your chair and walk to someones desk. 
  • Drink plenty of water. It will force you to refill and get out of your chair to run to the bathroom.
  • Take a walk on your lunch break or get in a quick 10-30 minute workout.  (As you've seen on this site, there's a lot you can do in 4 minutes.)
  • Pack your lunch or choose healthy options when you go out.
  • Avoid the party and office food. Pick certain days of the week you can splurge.
  • Encourage others to do the same. The more people there are to hold each other accountable the better you all will be. 

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