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Effects Of Sitting On Weigh


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#1 plumbago

 
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:00 AM

This question does not have anything to do with celiac disease or gluten.

I find that when I come home from working in the office 8 plus hours, my legs (and probably my whole body) tend to be more swollen than those days I do not go into the office. I feel heavier, and I think I am heavier. I wonder why this is? Poor ergonomics situation? But I have one of those fancy smancy chairs, still I know it is uncomfortable for me, most times. Not getting up enough? I do get up every hour at least. And it's not like there's a refrigerator nearby stocked with whatever my heart desires. I even bring my own lunch.

I have concluded it's 25 plus years of this, cumulatively saying, enough is enough, and I probably do need a super duper ergo specialist (not an average one) to come in and say this is what you need to do. Problem is, at work, that person's job has been phased out.

But what is it about sitting that makes me feel like I am gaining weight? I know on the face of it, that sounds ridiculous, but when I'm at home working, it's not as if I am running marathons either!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:11 AM

Getting up and walking around is essential, as is drinking plenty of water. I often forget to drink enough at work, and it leaves me feeling bloated and sluggish. Also, eating a high protein breakfast helps me out a lot and I'm less likely to get the blahs at work.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:16 AM

Getting up and walking around is essential, as is drinking plenty of water. I often forget to drink enough at work, and it leaves me feeling bloated and sluggish. Also, eating a high protein breakfast helps me out a lot and I'm less likely to get the blahs at work.


Thanks, but specifically focusing on weight gain.

When I work at home, is it because I'm more relaxed and less stressed, though it's not THAT stressful in the office? Could that contribute to weight gain?
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:40 AM

The simple act of standing up burns more calories than sitting down. Sedentary jobs do contribute to weight gain...

Can you add a mild workout a few times a week? That will help move those muscles that have been sitting still and help with weight loss.

For me, the sitting position encourages every bad posture habit I have. I don't care how comfy the seat. It makes my legs ache and I think my feet to swell.

Exercise helps me feel better in lots of ways - even if it's just a short walk. I used to walk at lunch when I was in the corporate world - made me perk up mid- day, too, so I didn't get that afternoon sleepy feeling.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:45 AM

Thanks for the reply/replies.

Well, I could definitely add a walk around the block, and I have done that. It doesn't seem to help that much. And I've started running in the morning. (Which actually kind of makes me tired during the day.)

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:37 AM

Thanks, but specifically focusing on weight gain.

When I work at home, is it because I'm more relaxed and less stressed, though it's not THAT stressful in the office? Could that contribute to weight gain?


Not drinking enough water can definitely lead to water weight gain from being bloated, and you will feel heavier from that. Is it possible that you're more likely to get drinks when you're at home, and are too far from the water fountain, or too busy, to keep properly hydrated at work?
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

Not drinking enough water can definitely lead to water weight gain from being bloated, and you will feel heavier from that. Is it possible that you're more likely to get drinks when you're at home, and are too far from the water fountain, or too busy, to keep properly hydrated at work?


Yes, it's possible, definitely. I suppose I need a bigger water container than the one I have. But also, I think there's something about the mechanics of sitting. Need to do much learning on that.

Thanks!
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:36 AM

Yes, it's possible, definitely. I suppose I need a bigger water container than the one I have. But also, I think there's something about the mechanics of sitting. Need to do much learning on that.

Thanks!


Sat in my awful desk chair yesterday. Hits just above the bend of my knee. Made my feet and legs swell. And numb. And kills my lower back. I hate that chair.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:12 AM

Here is some science about sitting and weight gain. Interesting, since I drive 20 hours a week :(

http://opinionator.b...-you-read-this/

(Hope it's okay to post the link.)
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:53 PM

Are you in a physical condition that would allow you to spend at least part of your day sitting on one of those huge medicine balls?
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:41 PM

Are you in a physical condition that would allow you to spend at least part of your day sitting on one of those huge medicine balls?

Yes, sometimes.

Can you link to what you mean?

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:12 AM

Here's a fancy chair using those big bouncy balls people work out with that I was talking about- sorry for the delayed response.

http://www.gaiam.com...e-ball-chair.do
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