If you are anything like me, a typical workday for you would consist of sitting in traffic for 30 to 40 minutes, and then sitting at a computer through an eight, sometimes nine, hour shift before taking that same drive home. That is a lot of sitting. Recently I became concerned about this when I went to see my doctor and was told exactly how much weight I had put on since my last visit. Immediately, after leaving her office I began thinking of ways to convert my sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle into more active, healthy living.
Aside from the weight gain, most days I felt like I had just run a marathon, even though I had been sitting for most of the day. I just felt fatigued and sluggish. I knew that I had to make some major changes in my life but I didn’t know where to start. I started writing down things that I could do to combat fatigue, amp up my stamina, and lose the extra pounds. My plan for a healthier lifestyle was: take the stairs. Take a walking lunch. And stretching exercises at my desk every 15-30 minutes.
Although the three things on my list seemed simple and easy to do, after about two weeks, I began slacking off. So, instead of taking the stairs every day I began taking them once or twice a week or not at all. My walking lunch became a walk to the cafeteria and back to my desk, and the snickers and snarky looks I got from co-workers when I did my intermittent stretching became too distracting. My plan for healthy living was soon abandoned.
It wasn’t long before I fell right back into my old routine. Then one day I stopped by my local Staples to pick up some computer paper and happened upon an exceptionally tall desk. I asked a store clerk and was informed it was a standing desk. I was also told that not only were standing desks created for healthy living, they were also helped with posture. Well, that was all I needed to hear. I wanted one of those desk even if I had to pay for it myself.
Fortunately, my wonderful employer decided to provide standing desks, and standing desk mats to whoever wanted them. It was quite an adjustment for the first few days. My feet were killing me. The standing desk mat helped a lot. I particularly love the Crown Comfort King Anti-fatigue Standing Desk Mat. Not only does it reduce the pressure on my feet, it increases my mobility. Now I have more stamina, lost the extra weight, and I feel great.