Losing weight while you work, What?

By the headline, one may think that losing weight while you work is about some new magical diet pill that makes you lose weight without changing anything about yourself.  Or another ‘Dr. Oz’ approved way to lose weight without moving too much.  That, dear readers, I’m happy to say is not the case.

As some of you are reading this you may already know that there is a perspective shift happening in the way individuals work while at a computer.  Slowly the attitude of a person having to sit down to work is changing.  The option to sit and stand while working at the computer is becoming more and more popular as people are increasingly becoming uncomfortable sitting for hours on end, day after day, in front of computer.

There is also a belief among ergonomists that standing for 2.5 hours a day will help people to lose weight.   I know it’s not healthy to sit all day – I can tell just by the way I feel after sitting for 3 straight hours.  My body is a bit achy and creaks when I stand up.   For me, that’s enough proof to know I need to invest the time and energy to change my habit before I start having constant major discomfort.  What really gets me is that standing can help me lose weight by increasing my metabolism and blood flow!  I want to put that to a challenge.

So, in a strategy meeting the other day at work I apparently had a good idea of a weekly blog post chronicling, for a few weeks, what it really is like to make a habit change of standing for 2.5 hours a day.  This blog will challenge and reinforce the concept/theory that standing for that same amount of time while working could help you to lose 20 pounds.

I do have some obstacles to overcome first.  I am a baby when it comes to forcing myself to change a habit – no matter how big or small. Needless to say, this assignment I think will be challenging for me from many angles.

I have my first week goal.  My ‘plan’ is to increase my standing time by 30 minutes for three weeks till I’m standing for 2.5 hours every day.  Working a full 8 hours a day means I’m standing for 15 minutes every hour.   To track and pay attention to the time I will set my trusty cell phone alarm so I know when it’s time to stand, and use a timer to tell me when to sit.  I’m sure I’ll forget a few times to set 1 or both of those notifications until I’m in a rhythm.  The rest of the details are up in the air, leaving room for adjustments.  This is a good start.

The ergo of it:  I realize this isn’t going to be a dramatic life changing event.  I know I won’t see any big miracles.  But what I want to pay attention to and discuss are the small things – the tiny details in the way I work, my productivity, focus, mood, how my body feels.  And of course, if I lose weight, with the only change I make in my habits is standing longer every day.  Losing weight while you work can be a dream come true with effort and a Height Adjustable Desk.

Below are some great Height Adjustable Desks from Ergoprise so you can join me on this challenge to a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s to your health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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