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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/4/2014 | 5:34:12 PM
Re: Getting back to the real world
@Shane- Sounds nice. Clearly you own a spa on the side. :)

Seriously though, I got a massage while away on a weekend wedding trip and I was amazed at how I literally felt taller. I had been hunched over the keyboard for so long I had started to turn into a question mark. It is an excellent idea.
Lorna Garey
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9/4/2014 | 3:53:22 PM
Adjustable desk
I just ordered an adjustable desk and am excited, but it's somewhat dismaying to read that standing all day burns only an extra 500 calories. I was counting on more, @Susan!
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/4/2014 | 3:43:55 PM
Re: 30 Minutes of Cardio per day
Whatever works @Susan as long as it's consistent. Can't go wrong with your combo of hiking/yoga/meditation.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/4/2014 | 3:38:27 PM
Re: Getting back to the real world
@Shane: Excellent advice. I also see a chriopractor regularly for the same reason. and many corporate health plans now cover chiropractic services. I know many people who also make regular visits for accupuncture treatments. If we don't take care of ourselves, who will? :)
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/4/2014 | 3:35:53 PM
Re: Getting back to the real world
In addition to keeping yourself ergonomically sound, anyone who works at a desk, in IT or other, should get regular massage. Even if you your desk set-up is ergonomically perfect, you're going to have shoulder and neck strain. I've been going to monthly massage for two years now and it's made a world of difference. I don't get the headaches and neck strains I used to get. 
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/4/2014 | 3:28:30 PM
Re: 30 Minutes of Cardio per day
@Shane: The recent research shows that a combination of continual movement throughout the day plus bouts of intense excercise is the best formula for maintaining a healthy weight and also keeping your muscles and joints healthy and limber.

I personally also add yoga and other mindfulness practice into the mix to help reduce stress, although some long distance runners I know say that they get the same stress-reducing benefits from that type of excercise. Running is not my thing. I prefer long hikes in nature to relax and get excercise.
Rich Krajewski
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9/4/2014 | 3:23:12 PM
Re: Getting back to the real world
I agree, our employers are wonderful. It is the employees who are to blame for any problems.

Employees should be penalized for living an unhealthy lifestyle, sitting there at their desks when they should be jogging or lifting weights while programming. But wait, employers shouldn't care anymore about lifestyles, because they are shifting the costs to employees, so why penalize workers? But, wait again! Firing someone is a great way to shift all the costs onto the employee!

I hope more young people choose IT as their profession, but let them beware, no one will tolerate physical deterioration anymore. If it happens, out they go.

By the way, if any of you know any coal miners with black lung, please yell at them for me. They should have held their breath.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/4/2014 | 3:20:11 PM
Re: Getting back to the real world
@Michael: I find the same can be said for writing or any job that requires a period of sustained concentration. In general, I've found most corporations these days to be very responsive to concerns about ergonomics and encouraging to requests for better chairs, desks or other props. one company I worked for actually hired a professional in ergonomics to help us all adjust our workstations and get us whatever props we needed to make sure we were seated in the best possible way. Of course, i've been lucky enough to spend my career in the white collar/knowledge industry. I suspect factory workers in the garment industry, for example, would be envious of the working arrangements that the average IT or any general knowledge worker will have.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/4/2014 | 3:20:07 PM
Re: 30 Minutes of Cardio per day
I'm with you @Gary_EL. There's no way around exercise. You gotta do it. Sure, remembering to get up from your desk periodically and walk around is important. But to maintain good health and keep the weight down, you also have to do some rigorous work, and that applies even more so to those who sit all day. If you have the knees for it, running is the most efficient -- you're done in 30 minutes and you've burned 500 calories!
Susan_Nunziata
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9/4/2014 | 3:16:00 PM
Re: Moving tip
@Alison: I used to try to rein in my natural restlessness, but now I indulge it by standing up and moving as often as I can. Especially on phone calls, those are a perfect time for me to stand up and walk around. another theory is that everyone should take a break at 2 p.m. and go outside for a 20 minute walk. I'm not sure why the researchers found 2pm to be the magic time, but I've tried to follow the advice or at least force myself to take a lunch break where I spend a bit of time walking outdoors. 
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