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Energy Boosts at Work

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    Some of the tips are practical but some wouldn't work in my work place with open work plan and no real private areas. At one job I tried to go into a quite place and do a hero's pose to stretch to keep me from getting too stiff. Someone would always find a way to walk into the quite little room I had found and think I had hurt myself or needed some coping skills with stress. Being the only one who did some sort of exercise at work, besides walking stairs or hallways, I was deemed 'weird'.
    Attended a seminar where we stopped the course at 3 p.m. and we had to stand up and do stretching and breathing exercises as a class. That really helped because everyone usually nods off after lunch at seminars so this instructor was wise to make us stretch.
  • I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in napping over lunch. I take a 15-20 minute cat nap on days when I'm dragging and it gets me through the afternoon. The only problem is that coworkers think I'm sick and wake me up to inquire. I set the cell phone alarm so I don't have to worry about oversleeping.
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    My building has five five flights of stairs, the typical offices I need to go to are only two flights. I'm making it a goal to do the enitre five a couple times a week. My question is, how do can I track my activity through my iphone application? Thanks for your help!

  • Good tips, except for the nap. I'd love to, but I haven't met any employer yet that is ok with their employees napping, and my own boss certainly would look down upon that too. Sleeping at work looks like slacking.
  • Opps! such should not be there. I must be getting tired. I had a hard day at work.
  • I stand for 8 hours at my job. these tips such come in handy. Thanks for keeping me motivated.
  • Like a breath of deep crisp mountain air...this article will surely help me. I drive all day from patient to patient wtih home health nursing. So I sit alot but do have some periods of walking (short distances).
  • I can see how each on of these ideas could help; however, if one should do any of htem too often, they are likely to not have a job to complain about.
    Great Article! I sit a a desk up to 8 hours a day and although I try and walk as much as I can it still has an effect on my neck and shoulders. This definintely helped give me some ideas!
  • now I am convinced by the nap! As most workaholics (and dog owners) I don't get enough sleep as I'm out of bed at 5.30 most days and never in early enough to make it 7 or 8 hours (even on Sundays). I discovered power naps when I was writing up a thesis a few years ago and it's been my secret weapon. Even in the library (never mind what the people say! I know what I' doing!) - and I'm just only discovering that stepping up on the elliptical (as most of my work is done from home) will do wonders when I feel drained and sleepy!
    Mike - Thanks SO much for this article. Your articles are the best, and the ones that I always save to read again later! I work at home in front of a computer all day, so this was just what I needed to jumpstart the slump I've been in!
  • I work in health care as well and walk at least 10 miles a day. I find it hard to lose weight and many of the suggestions listed are already built into my day. What now?
  • Anyone who works at a desk job can relate to this article. I swear by that 20 minute power nap - I don't use it often, but when I do, it works like a charm! Thanks for the tips :)
  • I have to agree with some of these other comments left. I would like to see some articles pertaining to on-the-go jobs--jobs that are in the healthcare fields for example. I am a veterinary assistant and am on my feet 90% of my day, my husband is a chef so he's on his feet all day, so is my brother and my sis-in-law works respiratory in a hospital. We have had various talks about other things we could try at work yet it would be great to hear some from a professional too.
  • I would love to see some articles for those of us that have very physical jobs instead of just the desk jobs.

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