Friday, May 1, 2015
Does job stress make you feel fat?
According to a story on CareerBuilder by Deanna Hartley, six out of 10 workers--57%--think they are overweight. Last year, this was 55%.
What did they think caused their gain?
--Sitting at the desk (56%)
--Too tired from work to exercise (43%)
--Stress eating (37%0
This should be of concern not only to workers--but also to employers. They need a health workforce.
I am not sure all these wellness programs that either fine you or reward you for losing a few lbs or turning over your medical records to the company are the answer.
What can you do on your own?
--Snack and eat out less. Bring lunch--and walk before you eat it, or afterwards.
--Exercise more--get up from the desk every hour or oftener.
--Take advantage of employer-paid gym memberships or yoga. Try out for the softball team.
--You know the oft-cited drill--park far from the door, stairs not elevator...
Should you go as far as a "standing desk" or a bike-powered computer? That's up to you.