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FIDGET!!! Just a little change MAKES a change!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

That's right I said FIDGET!! Now. GO FOR IT! MOVE A PART OR TWO.

When you’re busy you often don’t realize you are doing mild forms of exercise. So subtle they are unnoticeable… until heaven forbid something happens and your life comes to a standstill. Worklife is a perfect example of energy expenditure and muscle toning that we don’t realize exists. When I worked I spent a lot of time sitting and if you asked me I’d surely label the job as ‘sedentary’, but the fact that years of not working brought to light was that in my allegedly sedentary worklife, I walked and MOVED a lot more on the job than I do now even on a day full of errands.

Even though you may feel you're sitting all day when you have a ‘desk job’, the chances are that you ARE burning calories!!!

We burn calories without even being aware of just how active we really are. It was true of me, for certain. At desk jobs, we reach this way, stretch that way...and never realize we are doing mild exercise. We're on the phone with a boring client and must be polite, so we tap our toes or...shoot rubber bands at the wastebasket while yawning.

Years ago a doctor gave me a book on healthy living: diet as in nutrition plus all sorts of things that were not yet known as "healthy lifestyle" in that combined form. One item about calorie-expenditure still stands out....

(This proves how old the book is!)
A woman has been a typist for many years.
Her office buys a brand new (state of art?) ELECTRIC typewriter.
She changes no dietary habits, no other activiites.
The only change in her life is that she now does her typist job on an electric typewriter instead of a manual one.
At this point the book details how many calories are burned in an hour, day and year on each machine...and the difference.
With no other changes in her lifestyle the woman gains ten pounds in one year.

Little things count.

Imagine how much more weight she'd gain if she then switched to a computer keyboard...which requires even less movement and effort than the original electric typewriters!

So. You work at a desk. In many office situations the ‘desk exercise’ ideas would be completely out of place, and if you wear professional clothing you’d be both uncomfortable and foolish-looking as you did them. But you CAN move. Little movements do add up. Lack of them does too! (Like the typist who switched from manual to electric machines.) Just keep shooting those rubber bands and you'll still burn calories! Or watch your favorite tv show from a rocking chair...and rock the whole time you're watching.


Let's face it: fidgeting is good for ya!
Some others would agree:

emoticon www.kcby.com/news/health
(on this link there is one idea that would not work in any position I had: working while on a treadmill. Life's gotta be full of choices I never knew to have a job where you could do such things...?)

emoticon www.group-health

Just a little change MAKES a change! Go for it!!
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    Denise Austin..the fitness guru calls it fidgetsize :)

    I've tried to use my lap top while riding my recumbent bike but my knees kept hitting it so I couldn't type or even read :)

    I love your background picture!!
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    3695 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for the tip. I was
    visiting a cousin once and she told me to
    stop fidgeting as it annoyed her. So next
    time I can tell her that I am exercising...
    3696 days ago
  • CHAS1949
    Good thoughts on this new day I will take your advice...fidget! I have been kind of sedentary lately...I need to get going...
    3696 days ago
  • HEIDIB2935
    Thanks for the tip - I'll have to give this a try as I sit at a desk all day long. Thanks!
    3696 days ago
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