As I continue with my ongoing battle to avoid the Consulting 15, today I came across this little gem, titled The More You Sit, The Sooner You’ll Die. Basically, whether you get in a solid chunk of exercise at the beginning or end of the day is less important than how much you sit during the day. Yikes! I need a Trek Desk, stat!
I totally believe this from my own anecdotal evidence – when I was working for an airline, I only worked 40 hours/week but I didn’t do much working out (aside from weekend marathons). Now, I work 60-80 hours/week, and while I’m diligent about getting in two-a-day gym workouts (and even getting better about adding some weights to my cardio!), I’m still about 10 pounds heavier than I was a year ago.
For now, I think I’m going to start making it a point to take the stairs up one floor every time I refill my water bottle (every hour or so) or go to the restroom (TMI to post that frequency!). I also liked this little tip from LearnVest, which advocates jumping jacks in the bathroom stall. That might be too tough to do in my suit (plus I don’t want to be all out of breath and redfaced!), but I think a few leg lifts might energize me in that afternoon slump!
How do you keep moving during the day? Has anyone else noticed a change when switching from a job with short hours to a job with long hours (or vice versa)?