Friday, October 8, 2010

Desk Jobs Make You Pack on the Pounds: Study

With the kick off to 'wear more clothes and eat more food' season (or what I like to call 'hibernation' season) this Thanksgiving weekend, it's important to take all the necessary measures we can to avoid that pesky holiday weight gain. But according to a new study, diet and regular exercise might not be enough - our desk jobs are making us pack on the pounds whether we like it or not.

According to researchers, while we are far more active and health conscious than ever before, we are also far less active during the day at work, which tips the balance. In the past, with more active jobs, it wasn't necessary to hit the gym daily or a few times a week because enough calories were being burned or at least balanced by moving around and eating right. These days, despite our efforts, sitting on our bums for 8 hours is taking a toll on our waistlines. In addition, the amount of stress we face also affect our hormonal balance, which can cause our bodies to store more fat than it needs, especially around our middles, which is the most dangerous place.

Don't totally panic though, there are always things you can do. The key is to sneak in movement or physical activity, heck even exercise throughout the work day. Ride your bike or walk to work if possible. Get off that bus/subway train/streetcar a few stops early and walk the rest of the way. Take a gym break during lunch or take the stairs to your office. You don't have to do all of your physical activity in one large chunk - small bursts are just as good, so don't downplay their significance! And don't forget to relax and de-stress as often as possible. Even though you may feel like you're wasting time, you're actually doing your body and mind a huge favour! Take that, belly fat!