29 Mar You’re Wasting Your Time at the Gym – THIS Is How to Lose Weight
Focus Your Weight Loss Efforts Where You Spend the Most Time: The Office.
First Things First. Stephen Covey
Sitting down in front of a computer all day long, snacking on junk food to cope with stress (or boredom), then rushing off to manically do an exhausting gym session before crashing into bed and getting a few hours sleep until being jolted by the alarm for another day to do it all over again… Does any of this sound familiar to you?
I think the description is quite common – at least it’s my experience from my previous corporate career. My colleagues and I were working long hours, stuffing our faces with junk food and then trying to offset it during gym visits after office hours.
And did we get any healthier, slimmer or happier from those workouts? I don’t think so. Quite the opposite: I’m pretty sure that our combined weight just kept increasing every single month. (Don’t blame me, though! I stayed slim thanks to constant diarrhea.)
It’s a dangerous myth that exercise equals weight loss – it doesn’t, necessarily. Training is a stress to the body, just like stress at work is. If we get too much of it, it’s causing inflammation – which in turn can lead to obesity.
So before worrying about what advanced workout to try next (which might cause excess weight anyway…), let’s pause and put first things first. We’re spending most of our day at work, so let’s start with making the office environment healthy – that is what will have the most significant health impact.
Let’s look at a few of the most effective changes you can do at the office, which will help you lose weight automatically!
1. Get a standing desk.
I bet that a standing desk is one of the best health investments, period. Sitting down decreases the fat-burning enzyme, along with causing slow suicide according to this infographic.
My old standing desk cost a fortune and was so gigantic that it was more like Dwight Shrute’s Megadesk. That’s why I was excited to find this little bad boy from Ergodriven: cheap, light and environmental.
2. Set alarms for moving around.
Even if you use a standing desk, you probably don’t want to be standing the entire day. (Please don’t, since too much standing is a health risk. There is always something to think about, isn’t it…)
Research shows that sitting for a maximum of 29 minutes at a time is associated with a lesser risk of dying. So why not stay on the safe side of death and set an alarm for every 20 minutes, to remind yourself to have a quick move around.
3. Surround yourself with green plants.
A typical health pitfall in the office is comfort-eating due to high stress levels. A good antidote is to have plants around since it increases relaxation. I read somewhere that from an evolutionary perspective, seeing greenery indicates life and that we can take a break from fighting for survival.
What better place to use the plant trick than in the stressful corporate world? So the next time you want to shoot your boss, go and stare at a pot plant instead.
4. Have walking meetings.
Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are examples of successful (and slim) people who’ve been fans of walking meetings.
It’s one thing to have an ambition of a daily walk, but another one to make time for it with it when “important” things pop up on the calendar. That’s why making yourself accountable to colleagues by scheduling walking meetings helps you follow through. Plus, you must make time for meetings whether you walk or sit down. Here are some tips on how to make your walking meetings a success.
Try these four tips in your office the coming week, and I think you have a good chance of getting better weight loss results than you would from slaving at the gym!
Have a great week at the office and whatever you do, don’t panic.