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Lose Weight, Work Better Right At Your Desk
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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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9/7/2015 | 2:03:29 PM
Shower
I've fought a life-long battle against obesity - and I won! But the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. I can tell everyone that in order for it to be effective - You Have To Sweat. That means you have to change into gym cloths, and you need to shower. Back when I did 9 to 5, the best work arrangement I ever had made it possible to exercise while other people were stuffing their faces with unnecessary calories. 30 minutes on the cardio machine, a shower, and coffee with a bagel. I was Kid Dynamite for the rest of the day!
Whoopty
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9/8/2015 | 7:21:02 AM
Re: Shower
Congratulations Gary, that's awesome. I have to agree, as much as I would love one of these desk pedal systems as I too spend a lot of time at my desk, the only way to really get in shape is to push yourself hard. Sweating, aching and eating the right things are the only real ways to be fit and healthy. Swanning up and down the pool, going on gentle one mile walks are not enough for the average human body. People can do better. 
moarsauce123
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9/9/2015 | 8:11:52 AM
Standing desks
How does this jive with the current craze of converting every workstation into standing desks? And how much weight would employees lose if the stress level is actively reduced?

I have to admit that my stress relief is food. I am stressed when there is too much to do and also when there is nothing for me to do knowing well that the next avalanche of tings comes that are due yesterday. I think the same effects could be reached by keeping work flow at a steady, manageable pace and iron out all the spikes and lows.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/15/2015 | 1:06:05 PM
Re: Standing desks
@moarsauce123- Standing desks are awesome in theory, but a lot of different job types report that they can't concentrate or read well from a standing position. It totally depends on your job and probably on your brain. 

As for stress, agreed that reducing employee stress would definitely help lower weight. One way to reduce stress is to exercise. So this might kill two birds with one stone, though we at IT Life support the idea of managers taking a role in lowering employee stress, too.
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9/16/2015 | 5:46:49 PM
small changes for efortless movement
I think offering multiple ways of get in some exercise at work wpuld be the best approach. A pedal machine under the desk sounds great, but as a long legged person I imagine I'd end up bumping my knees repeatedly if the desk was at the proper height for typing. I like the idea of stand up desks or treadmill desks, or the ability to take a walk around the building after lunch, or organizing a company soccer league. Small activities that bring movement effortlessly into our lives are way more effecting than the one lone treadmill gathering dust in the corner.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/16/2015 | 5:49:10 PM
Re: small changes for efortless movement
@kstaron- i think you are probably right, except there is also the peer pressure reality. And also the fish bowl reality. No one wants to "look different" so if they're the only one with a standing desk or the only one using the treadmill at the end of the hall, they won't do it. The quiet thing under the desk no one sees helps with both factors.


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