Monday, February 15, 2010

How to Increase Your Metabolism Sitting at a Desk All Day

Having an office job, I sit at my desk probably 6+ hours a day. I recently saw a study on the news about how sitting on an exercise ball while working a desk job will help you increase your posture, alleviate back pain, and could burn up to 350 calories a day! I even saw a report on how 1st graders at a school in my area are now sitting on exercise balls in the classroom instead of desk chairs! So I decided to research this and found a lot of positive information about sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair at work. So I trooped out to WalMart last night and found a pretty, green Gold's Gym exercise ball for only $9 bucks. I plan on taking it to work today to sit on and see what I think. While doing my research, here is what I found out about sitting on exercise balls:
  • It forces proper spine alignment
  • Reduces damage caused by prolonged sitting in the same position
  • Improves balance
  • Improves circulation
  • You'll feel more energetic
  • Burn up to 350 calories per day
  • Strengthens your core
  • It's Fun!!
I also came across this list of How to Increase Your Metabolism at Work on that I thought was interesting:
  • Bring your own healthy lunch and don't indulge in fast food
  • Desk Exercises - google "desk exercises" and you will find several ideas
  • Ride your bike or walk to work if possible
  • If you walk to your desk, choose the furthest route. If you use an elevator to get to your office, use the stairs instead
  • Wear a pedometer
  • Put your cell phone as far away from your desk as possible so you have to walk to get it

1 comment:

  1. These are big for kids with ADHD. I've never bought one for Cameron but have known several parents that it works great with their kids to keep them focused while doing homework and such.


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