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7/11/13 10:40 A

work from home; even worse. an article about that today in spark. it helps not to have a lot of bad food around for sure!

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7/11/13 10:27 A

Yes, I walk during my morning, lunch, and evening breaks. Also, I walk around the conference room table a couple of times when I start to get restless.

Edited by: DLBROWN93 at: 7/11/2013 (10:29)

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7/11/13 10:19 A


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7/11/13 10:18 A

I have a job that I sit mostly but I can get up and walk around as much as I want/need to. I have a herniated disc in my back so too much sitting hurts as does too much walking/standing. ;)

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7/11/13 10:15 A

Mine is mostly sitting, I'd say 90%. Also we aren't really supposed to leave our desks so it makes it hard to get anything done. I try to walk at least once around the inside, and if I can, once around the outside (they once came out and told us they didn't pay us to take breaks and relax)...

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7/11/13 10:13 A


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7/11/13 10:00 A

half and half

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7/11/13 9:59 A

I have a job where I have roughly equal parts desk and standing time.

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7/11/13 9:41 A


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7/11/13 9:20 A


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7/11/13 9:08 A


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7/11/13 9:07 A


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7/11/13 9:02 A

Yes....I hate it...but love it too...

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7/11/13 7:53 A


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7/11/13 7:44 A


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7/11/13 7:43 A

Nope I picked a profession was I was always outside and now I am retired at 50.

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7/11/13 6:49 A

I have a desk, but it is a standing desk. I move from my desk to other parts of my department many times an hour.

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7/11/13 6:29 A


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7/11/13 6:27 A

used to

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7/11/13 2:55 A

Yep and I love it! After 30 years of on my feet 12 hour shifts sitting at a desk is awesome. I do have a bike pedal exerciser under my desk and I alternate a regular chair with a balance ball type chair. Good for core strengthening.
Here's an example:

Edited by: LADYCJM at: 7/11/2013 (02:59)

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7/11/13 2:50 A

yes but not for long

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7/11/13 12:20 A

Yes, but I print a lot so I can get up and down all day long. I also take full advantage of the treadmill at the gym...

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7/11/13 12:18 A

Yes, but I am trying to transition of out this line of work. I don't want to be tied to a desk anymore. Luckily, I do work from home, so every hour I get up and stretch and this week I have started jumping rope for a few minutes each hour. I don't have to worry about coworkers thinking I am crazy. The hard part for me is to stay out of the fridge! It is so tempting when at home to constantly snack while working. I am hoping that within a year my new business will take off and no more desk!

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7/10/13 10:50 P


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7/10/13 9:46 P


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7/10/13 9:45 P


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7/10/13 9:44 P

Yes but I try to walk around as much as possible.

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7/10/13 9:41 P


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7/10/13 8:52 P

Not really, but I have a desk.

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7/10/13 8:51 P

Yep. Hate it. And it's a call center job, too, so if I am not on a call or waiting for one, or on one of my schedule breaks, I get questions.

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7/10/13 8:08 P

Yes and for the last 2 months I was working overtime, up to 60 hrs a week! I was seriously bent double by the time I'd get up, simply because I didn't have time to stop! I work from home and I keep a small jogging trampoline in my office and jump on when I need to wake up a little. You may want to google 'under desk bicycle' on, I've heard of people using these but my legs are so long it wouldn't work for me. Here's an example of what one looks like:

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7/10/13 7:50 P


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7/10/13 7:28 P

Nope! I'm retired!

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7/10/13 7:18 P


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7/10/13 6:01 P

Yes, and it is frustrating as it makes it really hard to get in my 10,000 steps. I don't have much opportunity to get away either.

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7/10/13 1:23 P

I have an office but has a glass door and a big window so I can see out into the whole office. I have to windows to outside so kinda feels like a jail cell sometimes. LOL.
We do have a very small back room that I have been caught in doing yoga moves, always entertaining when that happens. I try and get out and walk around and my co-workers are cool with that, my ex boss used to get mad at me for it and tell me to stay at my desk. I can't stay!!

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7/10/13 1:21 P

Yes, but I have other things I can do to move around. For one thing, drinking water all day makes me take many trips to the bathroom. I also keep checking our supply cupboards and go to the storeroom to replenish. I have even cleaned out the refrigerator in our kitchenette just to get some activity into my day.

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7/10/13 1:09 P

Do you have an office? I like to close my door and do push ups or squats or little workouts to get myself moving. Try 5 min an hour. It really helps me not go crazy!

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7/10/13 1:01 P

I'm in the office 50% of the time and outside the other part of the week. When I'm in the office, X:55 is the time that I take a lap around the office, refill my water bottle, etc. Helps me stretch my legs and not stiffen up too much.

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7/10/13 12:55 P

I freelance; my "office" is a 24-foot travel trailer. My solution? I put a cardboard file box on the desk and set my laptop on top. Voila! Standing desk for $1.30. If the file box is filled with files, it's sturdy enough to put your keyboard and monitor on if you don't use a laptop. When you're standing, you fidget and shift and just generally move around more; I lost 2 pounds the first month I did it even though I was injured and wasn't working out. Of course you would need to adjust and use different sorts of boxes depending on your height and the height of the desk, but it works great and you're not making any permanent changes to your office set-up or costing anybody any money.

If you're at a company that makes noises about employee health, you should also ask HR to look into treadmill desks. If I remember right, they cost about the same as a moderate to good copy machine, and a lot of companies are buying them in similar quantities and setting them up in similar spaces, so anyone who wants to use one can try it. If they're wildly popular, they can slowly add more.

And of course, if the company gives breaks to smokers, make sure you politely claim equal time to go out for fresh air. My supervisor at one job came up with that idea herself and invited the whole (tiny) team to join, and before long it evolved into walking meetings. A lot of times that was the most productive time of the day because the informality led to more creativity, and the fact that we weren't taking notes meant everyone on the team had to fully internalize the discussion so we could re-create it on paper when we got back inside. We liked it so much that when the temperatures got into the 100, we started bringing spare T-shirts so we didn't have to worry about being sweaty the rest of the day, and we carried on.

Really, if you've got at least a cubicle partition so you don't distract people next to you, there's no reason you can't be on your feet most of the day. And usually, once one person starts, others go, "Why didn't I think of that?" and join in. You won't get everyone on their feet, but you won't be alone for long, either.

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7/10/13 12:51 P

Yes, and I'm here for no less than 10 hours a day! Just recently my boss moved my printer right next to my desk so I wouldnt have to get up so often I was like are you kidding me!!!

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7/10/13 12:51 P

I do, but I try to stand at my desk at least 50% of the time. My computer screen comes up pretty high and i put my keyboard on some books. It works.

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7/10/13 12:46 P

I have a more or less desk job three days a week, the other two I am running around like a rabbit...I walk as much as I can when I get up for my breaks tho.

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7/10/13 12:42 P

Yes. I don't even have a window either :(

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7/10/13 12:29 P

I have a desk job too. Most of the people here don't even leave for lunch. I force myself to get a lot by drinking a lot of water and I take a 10-15 min walk breaks. Over lunch I hit the gym.

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7/10/13 12:16 P

Yes & I'm constantly getting up to walk ANYWHERE! Volunteering to go get the mail, lunches, whatever!

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7/10/13 12:14 P


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7/10/13 11:57 A

I have an 8 hour sit on your butt job and I can't tell you how much it drives me nuts! I work out in the morning and then I come to work and I can't even sit still!!
I stand a lot and I might start walking on my lunch but I gotta do something.

Do you sit all day? What do you do to not go crazy? Any tips before I scream?

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