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Tips for Staying Active While at Work

 

What’s your reason for not sticking with your New Year’s resolution to become more active this year? For a majority their reason is they are “too busy” and demanding work schedules are the number one culprit. With technology advancements, many jobs have moved from being physically demanding to sedentary. Just because most of us work in an office or a cubical doesn’t mean we can’t continue to keep our bodies fit. Try some of these ideas for staying active while at work and finally get yourself moving toward a true state of health!

Go for a walk break – Set a designated time and get  your co-workers together each day to take a quick 15-20 minute walk around the office building or campus.  

Walking Break                     

Take the stairs – Skip the elevator and take the stairs whenever possible. If it’s too cold to take your daily walk, agree to climb the stairs instead!

Stand at your desk – Try this while on one of those long conference calls you dread each week. You can even add in some squats or calf raises! You may want to mute the phone if you find yourself getting out of breath.

Park further away – Park your car at the top of the parking garage or at the back of the parking lot and enjoy your walk into the office each morning.

Move around the office more – Get up out of your seat and personally deliver messages rather than calling or emailing your coworkers down the hall.

Incorporate activity into your day- Try to incorporate some body weight exercises each day. Set an alarm to go off each hour and take 60 seconds to complete one set of each of the following exercises:

6 Exercises to Do At Work

1. Squats or wall sits – Challenge yourself to see how many squats you can do in one minute or if you can hold your wall sit for an entire minute.

2. Calf raises – You can do these standing or seated. To add resistance while sitting, place a couple books or other heavy object on your knees.

3. Push-ups (on the floor, wall, or desk) – How many push-ups can you do without stopping? Challenge your coworkers!

4. Plank (on the floor, wall, or desk) – Can you hold a plank for an entire minute? As time goes by try improving on your past time!

5. Tricep dips (on your desk or chair) – If you are doing these on your chair make sure it’s secure or backed up to a wall so it does not move.

6. Sit-ups – Many variations of sit-ups can be done in the office. Bring in a towel or yoga mat to lay on.

Written by: Deanne Emig, Health Coach

 

Want to Improve Your Cholesterol? Don’t Lower It. There’s a Smarter Approach.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates.

Healing properties of food have been reported by cultures worldwide throughout history. Over the past decade we have uncovered, through numerous clinical studies, all the health benefits individual foods can offer!  By identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits, we can heal our bodies with food better than pills, potions, and powders ever could.

“There is a wealth of…evidence that increasing the concentration of HDL cholesterol through diet will lower the risk of coronary artery disease.” –R.P. Mensink, Maastricht University.1

When it comes to eating heart healthy diets, new science proves we shouldn’t be concerned with lowering total cholesterol, instead we should focus on raising our HDL levels (the “good cholesterol”). Researchers have found that people with low HDL levels run a much greater risk for heart disease.

“Our focus of trying to reduce our LDL and total cholesterol levels (especially saturated fats) may not have just failed to reduce heart disease risk- but it might have actually increased it along with decreasing our health, weakening our blood sugar control, and increasing insulin resistance and obesity.” ­- The Journal of American Medical Association

So, how do we increase our HDL levels? We replace unhealthy starches and sweets with healthy sources of fat. Try to consume more seafood, coconut, milled flax seeds, and chia seed and try to avoid starches as they lower HDL.

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Written by: Mallory McCormick, Weigh and Win Health Coach

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