Scientific research proves it”s your desk job that”s making you fat. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, in a 24-hour period, the average American spends about eight hours at work, eight hours sleeping, one hour eating, and two and a half hours on leisure and recreational activities. Even though only one hour is spent eating, all that time spent at the office is probably the root of what”s making you fat. Most of us sit all day, everyday. The only muscles that get much of a workout are our finger muscles as we tap away on the keyboard.
In Canada, where they work on average the same hours as we do in America, the rate of overweight/obesity rose 10% between 1978 and 2004. Canadian researchers hypothesized that – despite an increase in activity and recreation outside of the office — declining levels of physical activity at work may help explain the rising prevalence of overweight and obese people in Canada.
The researchers used six national-level health surveys in which participants reported the amount of time they spent engaging in various activities during the workday (sitting, climbing stairs, walking, etc.) Unsurprisingly, they found that generally people were significantly less active during working hours.
Even if your company doesn’t have a health program in place, staying active both inside and outside of work is important. If you can, get up and take a walk around a few times during the day. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Get off the subway a stop earlier and walk an extra couple of blocks. These little tips may seem independently minor, but they add up.