Tip #4: Be active at work – standing desk; walking meetings; take the stairs.

I made my own standing desk in the kitchen.  It’s good for me ergonomically (I’ve had two neck operations, so I added the box to the counter top to get things comfortable – trial and error!)).  It provides a low-level workout. If starting out – pace yourself – you may well find you can only do it for 15 min at a time. Obese folks have more difficulty standing for periods of time, so be gentle with yourself.

Sedentary people are more likely to be obese and have health problems.  So, here are some other suggestions to increase activity at work:

  • Have a walking meeting with a colleague
  • Take a walk at lunchtime (especially if you brought lunch, you won’t need to wait in the cafeteria line).
  • Walk up 1 flight of stairs, or down two flights.  Do this instead of taking the elevator, or in addition to… if your office is on the 9th floor, get off on the 8th.  Then, after a month, get off on the 7th…. You’ll build stamina and hardly realize it.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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