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Fitness Level – How Sedentary Jobs Add Up to it


Jul 10, 2010
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Fitness Level – How Sedentary Jobs Add Up to it

For most people, having a job means sitting in a desk every single day, typing on a computer or working on a project in some manner. While this might bring in money for the household, it is not necessarily the best way to get into shape. Those long hours at the desk are adding up to less calories burned, more muscle lost, and less cardio health. But what can you do when you have to spend forty hours at a desk every week? Chained to Your Desk

The working world has changed in the past few decades. While jobs used to be active, they are now focused on computer tasks which don’t require movement. This is a large change in the work life structure, but this doesn’t mean that things can not change. While you might not be able to move around when you are working, you can take steps to increase your activity levels and boost your fitness. You don’t have to be chained to your desk if you don’t want to be. There are steps you can take (both literally and figuratively) to take charge of your health and reduce the impact being sedentary has on your life.

The Fitness and Health Effects of Being Sedentary

A human body is designed to move. In the beginning, humans roamed the lands in order to find food and they weren’t sitting at a desk to accomplish this. When they moved around, they weren’t eating a lot either – unless they were able to catch food. As a result, humans were leaner and more active, helping to keep them trim and healthy. Being sedentary causes the body to slow down. Since you’re not using as much energy to sit as you might to stand or to walk, your body doesn’t burn calories as efficiently. Thus, you can begin to gain weight quickly, which can put a strain on the heart and on the rest of the body. In addition, fitness is quickly lost, which then changes your metabolism, making it even harder to lose weight.