Losing weight if you are at a desk all day

Vertical deskThursday is safety cake day. We have a meeting about health and safety and then we get cake. I can resist if it is the orange one, or even the carrot cake – but the chocolate one is too much. So I go to a spinning class beforehand (45 minutes of extreme stationary cycling) to assuage my guilt.

On this topic, it might be a while until we get the vertical desk – so here are some ways to lose weight at work. http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/05/15/pl.fatdesks/index.html

·         Wear a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps per day.

·         Use any opportunity to get moving. Walk over to co-workers for a brief chat at their desks rather than messaging them via your computer.

·         Log your food intake – studies show that you lose more weight if you monitor what you eat

·         Stop drinking soda and fizzy drinks – they are packed with sugar

·         Stop having sugar in tea and coffee

·         Leave your shoes at work and wear trainers to encourage walking

·         Walk at lunchtime

·         Start an exercise group for support.

·         Have a health and fitness competition at work with some decent prizes

·         Find a local gym and go before or after work

·         Be encouraging, support others and they will support you

·         Take your own lunch and healthy snacks

·         Drink more water so you don’t confuse hunger with thirst

·         Campaign to get fresh fruit in the office instead of a chocolate machine (or safety cake!)

·         Use chewing gum to get you through the difficult moments

None of this is rocket science, but it is hard to do. I know as I have been avoiding these things for years! I am a member of the 3.30pm sugar high club! I am now tackling this with a Chupa Chup or chewing gum. That little bit of sugar is just enough and keeps me away from the chocolate machine (unless it’s Thursday). You can do it too!

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