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  • Thanks Mike! Your articles are all very good and full of great ideas.
  • Excellent ideas. I will share them with my students! (Especially the posture information.)
  • Great ideas.
    I try to take a walk around the perimeter of the campus on each of my 15 minute breaks. It's just a few minutes, but it adds up!
  • GREAT article!!! However, for me, it is more like 3 AM in the morning, when the screen is not only blurry, but my hands get heavy on the keys and I ZOOM through my charting, and have to go BACK and redo it...hate that.

    Some things I do to help me get through this tough time....Drink those little bottles of ENERGY drink. They really do help. I can drink coffee and go right to bed, so that never worked. The OTHER thing I do , is take a break and do a Sudoku puzzel!!! That really stimulates the brain and gets me more awake.

    I also will get up and WALK a bit!
  • I gained 30 pds in a year and a half from office work. I had to quit, and find something that I could move around some.. All I did was eat, eat, eat!
  • Some really great ideas - so true about posture: I'm new to an office atmosphere (only 6 months so far) and I'm finding by focusing on my posture at least once an hour, I'm able to keep awake and focused. I'm going to try to incorporate some of those exercises, too.
  • I used to work with a man that would turn off the lights in his office and lay down flat on his back under his desk and take a nap. He would notify the receptionish he would not be taking calls for the next 30 minutes. When the phone started ringing again, he knew it was time to get up. Personally, taking a short, brisk walk always worked the best for me. Cleared my head to get some fresh air.
  • I just signed up for this site yesterday and I have already found the online exercises and I have done two for a total of 25 minutes and I am going to tell you, I feel great! I am much more energized. They were both for people who are at desks all day and they are really good.
    My brother is getting married in Destin, Fl next May and I am really trying to loose 80 lbs. between now and then. I don't want to loose just for the wedding but I want to loose weight for my life. I want to enjoy my life again.
  • Interesting ideas!
    What is working for me is going for a 35-45 minutes walk each day at lunch.
    I also try to take the stairs everytime I have to go to a meeting on a different floor. I don't drink coffee at all but I drink each day a cup or two of green tea and watch always what type of cards I'm eating. As long as I eat complex carbs with low GI number my energy level stays the same all day long.
  • I am a nurse on a very hectic unit and am on my feet all day, for 13-15 hour shifts. When I finally do get to sit down, sometimes I feel like I can't get back up. There really are days when I do have to reach for a cup of coffee because I am just about to shut down physically and mentally. I do limit myself to one cup (it's a large one!) of coffee a day, only on days I work and it's half decaf. Even still, I need that little bit of caffeine and warmth to get me back on my feet again! On the slower days, if we have any, I will try the tips listed here. I used these ideas when I worked in an office and they worked very well. I also try to keep veggies (carrotts/celery/cucumbers) as a snack - just the walk to the kitchen for something for me and change of scenery helps refresh me! This still works, regardless how tired I am, and I don't have to worry about crashing from a sugar high in an hour!
  • I do the stairs at work but sometimes I get more tired than I do energized,but I will keep going
    I love this site I started to day I put down what I ate and water intake, read pages and pages on site. Learned LOTS & LOTS WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER. We are all LOSERS
    I exercise regularly at my desk. I do arm presses with a stress ball, and I do leg lifts while sitting. I walk for 15 mins. a daybut , sometimes up and down the main hall if the weather is bad. I realize some workplaces aren't as relaxed as mine, but any little bit of exercise helps.
  • Some of these would work, some would get me laughed at, some would get me fired, and some are impossible (we don't have steps).
  • This is a great article - I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my workday! Especially for those of us with fairly sedentary jobs, this is wonderful. I have often looked for things to combat that work fatigue, especially the 'after lunch slump'. I tried a couple of these techniques already this morning and I feel much more energized than usual! I'm also going to try smith18's leg lifts. A great way to stay alert, productive AND get some exercise!

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