I live a sedentary lifestyle. I bemoan my job at times, but then I remind myself I’m not standing at a fast food drive-thru window like my mom did for twenty years or walking a factory floor like my dad, well past retirement age, still does. My office job is not physically demanding.
I’m also lucky that my job, in addition to an hour off for lunch, permits me two fifteen minute breaks during the day. I’m going to take advantage of those breaks to add more activity to my life. I’ve put a reminder on my calendar to take a stretch break every morning. Each afternoon, I have an appointment for the stairs. I’ll get email reminders so that I don’t suddenly look at the clock and realize I’ve been on my tokhus all day.
This is the minimum that I will do. A standing desk is not in my future, but that doesn’t mean I can’t stand up once an hour when I’m not typing on my computer or answering the phone. If I have an opportunity to deliver forms to someone on the second floor or drop off the mail in the basement, I’ll do it. Am I going to drop a lot of weight doing this? No, but I am starting at zero calories burned. I can only go up from here.
Speaking of zero, the weather right now leaves me unmotivated to walk during my lunch break or take extended strolls with the dog before and after work. That’s one reason I know that I need to increase my indoor activities.
According to Google, I’m not the only one looking to get healthier despite an office job. When I typed the search phrase “exercise at your desk,” pages of results popped up. Someone went so far as to name it “deskercise.” I’ll admit it: I’m not going to “rip off a minute’s worth of jumping jacks” in my office. None of the people I share a space with want to see that. I will, however, try one new exercise a day suggested by the articles over the next month. I’m putting those on my calendar, too, so that I don’t forget.
I’m not going to qualify for the Olympics with this training program, but I just might end my work day not feeling so stiff and blah.
What about you? Does your job keep you active? If not, how do you make sure you aren’t sitting down all day?
Another Just Jot It January post. Of course “just jog it January” wouldn’t be such a bad idea.