Losing the holiday weight at work

Now that Thanksgiving is over, are you looking for a way to burn off some of that turkey you ate last week? Some people are walking it off while they work with standing work spaces that promote good health.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, are you looking for a way to burn off some of that turkey you ate last week? Some people are walking it off while they work with standing work spaces that promote good health.

"I find that doing something with my body while I'm working actually helps me focus better." At his new work station, everything Dr. Chris Wood once did sitting he now does standing while walking very slowly on a treadmill. "I feel a lot more energetic. It's funny. You would think you would spend all your energy at the desk during the day and then you would be tired in the afternoon or evening. But that's not the case. I find I have more get up and go."

At Rowland Hall, Headmaster Alan Sparrow hopes his standing workspace is sending a message to students. "You also need to give a message that they need to move," said Sparrow. "Movement is good. Movement is healthy. Movement helps. There's a book out called Brain Rules about how exercise actually helps your mind develop."

Who knows — for many students like Jimmy and Anna, when they grow up — sitting desks may be obsolete.

Why all this standing? New studies this year paint a dismal picture of what's happening to the body when we sit.

Researcher Marc Hamilton says our muscles become as silent as a dead horse. Our calorie burning rate drops dramatically. Insulin effectiveness falls within a single day. The enzyme that vacuums fat out of the bloodstream plunges.

Research Dr. Liz Joy says our metabolism simply bottoms out. But, "if somebody gets up and moves just a couple of minutes out of every twenty or sixty minute segment of their day — they can lower their glucose levels and lower their insulin levels. We need to re-engineer our workplace so that we can re-engineer activity back into our lifestyle."

Studies show even 30 minutes of rigorous exercise will not reverse the downfall from sitting five to six hours per day at the office.
 
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