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My Experiment

Friday, February 08, 2013

I work in an office. Sitting at a desk. Eight hours a day.

I feel like I should stand up in some support group to announce that. emoticon

Before I worked where I am now, I worked part-time at an auction hall. I love antiques and auctions, so it was a good fit for me. But they couldn't pay much and when I got offered this job I took it.

At the auction hall, I was carrying boxes up stairs, unpacking, cleaning, setting up for sales, etc. I was moving. A Lot.

Then I started my career as an office manager/secretary/marketing coordinator/data entry specialist/... well, you get the point. When I first started on the job it was HARD to sit for even an hour at a time. I wasn't used to it.

Then it got easier.

Then I gained about 80 pounds.


I joined Spark almost a year ago and was doing really well with my exercise minutes until about Christmas time. I got busy, then we got a puppy (a SMALL puppy who thinks she needs to be under someone's feet at all times) and I let my routine slide away into nonexistence.

I've been trying to figure out how to work fitness in around the puppy. The treadmill is out for now because it's right in our living room and if Aggie got tangled up with it, it could really hurt her. Walking outdoors in northern New York this time of the year is dangerous, especially where I live. Our road is a designated snowmobile trail and we have no shoulders on our road even in the summer, so mix cars/trucks/snowmobiles and me together and I'll come out on the bottom. Probably being scraped off of someone's sled track. emoticon

So... experiment. While it's not really fitness, per se, I have been thinking about standing more during my day at work. So I'm using boxes under my keyboard, mouse and moniter, raising them up to standing height and working like that.

So far so good. After the first day of standing for two hours I could feel a difference. Yesterday I stood for three - and I feel great. I swear I can feel a difference in my core- like I'm already tightening up.

I know it may not seem like a lot, but if I keep this up, it can make a huge difference in my health as I get older - and I ain't no spring chicken now.

As soon as I figure out the correct height for everything, I'm going to commission my brother in law to build a raised wooden desktop that I can easily put on and take off my desk.

So, yay me!!

This morning, really wanting to just get a little fitness in, I hiked up and down our stairs for five minutes. Whooo. Stairs suck. *nods* But it felt good and even that five minutes got my heart going. I carried the puppy some of the time and the rest of the time she sat at the top of the stairs crying. She can go upstairs by herself but hasn't gotten the nerve to try the downstairs thing. LOL

I think I'm going to make the stair climbing part of my weekday morning routine. Let's see how long it takes me to get up to 10 minutes! emoticon

Anyway, we're not getting the worst of that northeast storm. We're forecasted to get up to a foot, but in these parts, that's almost a normal winter day. emoticon

Stay safe, stay happy, stay motivated, and have a great weekend, friends!
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    That sounds like a good idea. A woman at work swapped her chair for an exercise ball. I assume it is for strengthening her core, although I didn't ask.

    I laughed when you mentioned carrying the puppy up and down the stairs. When I got my Bernese Mountain Dog a few years ago, the breeder suggested that I carry the puppy down the stairs (to protect his developing joints) when we go outside. She wanted me to do this for as long as I could stand it. This breed grows fast! I got quite a workout carrying my giant puppy down the stairs.

    1800 days ago
    Excellent idea to add more standing in your day
    1804 days ago
    How innovative you are to think of these things and then really do them!! I'm sure your body will be happy you did.
    1807 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan , Amy . Was thinking of you the other day , I knew that you where experienced in Antiques , remember last summer when I picked up the Oak reading bench. Well last week I picked up a desk for my granddaughter (free) this lady was throwing it away - I could not believe it - she did not know the value of this piece - I caught her putting out before the snow hit. Its a Blond Oak Map Table Desk - hand painted in stencils ! That went in my trunk ! :) (yeah) will email picture. Soon we will be back outside for walks with the puppy - Hugs K - Starbucks LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1809 days ago
    Great idea!!! I hope the desk thing works out for You! Enjoy Your snow! Be safe, and stay warm!!!!! ((HUGS))
    1809 days ago
  • DR1939
    Excellent idea.
    1809 days ago
    I understand what you mean completely! As an EMT, you move alot, lift alot. You use alot of muscles in your 12 hour day. Working in an office, not so much. Before I became an EMT, I worked for Target part time 4 nights a week. I was on my feet and moving the entire time I was there, which was usually 6 hours. Now that I am not doing either, I feel it.

    During my normal workday, I try to move as much as possible. Because I have to speak with people throughout the worksite which is 5 buildings with the furthest being a half mile away) I try to walk to see people I need to speak to rather than pick up the phone or send and IM. Can't do it with the furthest building, as there are no sidewalks, but I can do it around the 4 buildings I am closest to. I also tend to do a circuit route if I can, because my building is a giant square. Keeps me moving.

    I also make the effort to get up at least once per hour if I am working on something computer intensive. It clears my brain, moves the body, and prevents the sore neck I will get if I don't move alot.

    Today I am working from home because of the storm. I am in the 24-36" area in RI. The commute from the bedroom to the dining room was killer, but the line at the Keurig in the kitchen was pretty minimal emoticon . My boss knows that as it begins to get to shovelling levels, I will be stopping and getting out there in it. Looks like I will be getting some killer cardio today and tomorrow!

    Stay safe!
    1809 days ago
    if you watch tv what about doing leg squats, & have free weights to do some exercise. According to state law you are to have a 15 minute break every 5 hours. Take your weights with you or keep an extra set at work, I did that on my break. Stand against the wall at work feet spread & do push ups against the wall or your desk, I have my mat rolld up in the computer /tv room I lay down on that to do my leg lifts etc etc while my coffee is brewing I grab my step /dads cane I have & put it behind my back & get my 50 twist in from side to side it is really fun to find different ways to work out when you are out of your element.When I come up from down stairs I place my hands on the steps & do my push ups. Take care
    1809 days ago
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