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How to cope with a sedentary job.

Answered on July 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I'm a psychotherapist which is a super sedentary job. It almost made me want to reconsider professions. Actually I used to be a paramedic and it was very sedentary. You sit ALL DAY in the ambulance while waiting for calls.

I'm now using a standing desk for paperwork between visits. I'm doing some stretching and quick calisthenics between visits. I'm feeling that the change of posture and movement should help. Are there any other ideas anyone has who has desk jobs that they cannot get away from?

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on July 19, 2014
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They didn't offer you a wireless headset? The savages!

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on July 19, 2014
at 10:06 PM

I used to go to a psychologist who would make some sessions walking ones - we'd walk slowly around the lake in the back of the building for an hour or so. I lived in a rural area then, so confidentiality wasn't an issue. Still, this or something similar could work.

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on July 19, 2014
at 06:19 PM

OP...male or female?

If male...consider IF (intermittent fasting), it works for me.

A "7 minute workout" that you can do at home & get 80% of the benefit of a gym workout, for free. :) Need to reduce expenses? Consider ditching your gym membership once you get the IF and 7 minute workout dialed in.

Here's the short version, one page NY Times article. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Don't laugh...yeah, it's short & looks easy but I was sore for a week because I hit it 100% the first time. I suggest a half speed "walk through" M, W, F for the first week or so. Build up slowly.... it works! Here's the long (5 page) version http://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2013/05000/HIGH_INTENSITY_CIRCUIT_TRAINING_USING_BODY_WEIGHT_.5.aspx

ime if you've ever had a decent musculature in your life, IF and 7 minute workouts will bring is back.

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on July 19, 2014
at 07:13 AM

I worked at an office where I wasn't allowed to leave my phone for more than a minute or two. I made a point of parking a mile away from work to get a quick brisk walk in before my shift. It gets your blood flowing and your energy up first thing. Then I'd have to walk back at the end of the day. It's a small thing, but it helps.

When I worked as a receptionist, I kept dumbbells under the desk. I didn't get ripped, but at least I wasn't totally lethargic :)

Ironically, my healthiest job was pushing shopping carts around a grocery store parking lot at 17. I lost 15 pounds. I think you'll find that most high-paying professions are mostly sedentary, and most cheap labor gives you a workout on the job. You're better off exercising on your own time than trying to find a job that will pay you good money without being sedentary

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on July 19, 2014
at 12:30 PM

They didn't offer you a wireless headset? The savages!

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on July 17, 2014
at 11:26 PM

I at least get my own office and get a break every 45 mins between sessions. So it should not be too difficult. I'm also working in a very walkable area.

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on July 17, 2014
at 10:32 PM

Try stretching or standing for brief periods of time, if your job can allow it do this every two hours (just as you would with driving). These small things could help pass the time, increase efficiency, comfort, and also improve your working ability and health. I know with my job as a computer and phone repair technician I spend most of my work day sitting slightly hunched over for long periods, I've been using Adrafinil to help me get through the day or wake me up in the morning (I have hard brainfog in mornings and found only nootropics along with my diet have helped with it).

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on July 17, 2014
at 03:25 PM

Exercise, particularly walking whenever you can, do lots of squats, and eat carbs according to activity level.

I sit for most of the day so try to exercise a bit and go for a walk before work, i walk everyday at lunchbreak, workout a bit before dinner, go for a walk after dinner, and do plenty of exercise on the weekends. I also fast and have one large meal per day, if i'm sitting all day and thus not very hungry I don't think eating is going to do me much good.

The less I exercise the more i feel like i'm losing the battle of having a soft rear end.

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on July 17, 2014
at 02:42 PM

Try as much as possible to bike or walk to work.

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