Ladies and gentlemen, please stand up! Whether you’re trying to lose weight or stay fit, it’s important to get regular exercise during the day - especially if you’ve got a desk job. That's why you should exercise at work. If you haven’t already heard, sitting for long periods of time has been linked to several serious health concerns, including an increased risk of heart disease as well as obesity and metabolic syndrome. It's also been tied to an increased risk of cancer in women. Related: 6 Workouts To Do At Your Desk Fortunately, some experts think these health concerns may be overblown, according to more recent research. However, it’s still very important to step away from your desk during the day. Even if you exercise regularly before or after work, studies suggest that it still might not be enough to counter the risks caused by sitting for prolonged periods of time. "Avoiding sedentary time and getting regular exercise are both important for improving your health and survival," says Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) Senior Scientist Dr. David Alter in this article. "It is not good enough to exercise for 30 minutes a day and be sedentary for 23 and half hours." “Okay,” you say, “I gotcha - sitting is bad and exercise is good. But how the heck can I fit in a workout while I’m supposed to be doing other things like…WORK?!” While it might seem completely unthinkable to try to squeeze in some exercise during the day, it’s not as hard as you might think, according to Locke Hughes, senior lifestyle editor at the health and fitness site, Greatist.com. “Trust me,” said Hughes, “I know it can be tough to work in movement especially on days when you feel chained to your computer, but there are some easy ways to save your posture and help your overall health.” Here are some sneaky ways to fit in exercise at work, according to Hughes:
Do you have a hobby or two? What are they? How much time you spend doing them? (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) I know your reaction to this line of questions, “Lisa, why are you talking about hobbies. You're a career management coach. You help people find jobs and manage their careers. What does a hobby have to do with a career?” I submit to you that it means a great deal. Our expression of ourselves in the activities we do, especially the ones we thrive at and get invigorated by tells us about ourselves. It tells us what we enjoy, our interests, sometimes our passions. It may even help us to find our next great career. Who knows by exploring an area of interest that you already enjoy what could be the possibilities to be involved in that industry. I know. I know. You are going to say, “But Lisa, if I did my hobby as full-time work I would hate it.” Perhaps. But it comes down to balance, doesn't it? Investing so much of our life and ourselves into constant work, drains us. It doesn’t refresh us. Who said you have to work “a million” hours a week to succeed in your career? Here’s my pitch to you... What if you actually worked a balanced schedule and refreshed yourself in the other parts of your life such as fun and recreation (hobby)? I believe you will be more productive, more creative, more relaxed, and even amicable in your work. What is your hobby? Biking, skiing, car racing, running, music, art, history, politics, kayaking, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, hiking, cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, writing, photography, aviation, jumping from airplanes and the list goes on. I am sure I missed a whole crowd of them. I have had difficulty in embracing hobbies myself. I am a very productive person and if I am not checking things off my list I have felt I was wasting time. Well, not true, friends. Not true. Hobbies are meant to relax us. They are meant to be enjoyed. Putting our energies into something totally different than our careers or businesses can help our bodies and our minds. We gain new perspective on our jobs. I promise you, you will feel better and be more creative. You may come up with an idea to fix a problem you never would have before had you not “walked away” to engage in a new passion, even if for a few hours at a time. I mentioned hobbies have been difficult for me. I am more of the lover of all, master of none when it comes to this. Here or some of the hobbies I have dabbled in over the years: sailing, surfing, scuba diving, knitting, painting, photography, skiing, and snowboarding. My current hobbies are more around what I can do with my husband and boys – kayaking, hiking, biking. I also have picked up knitting again. This hobby comes and goes throughout my life. I learned to knit in high school. I knit nothing fancy and am a slow one but I find it enjoyable at certain times. During the past two winters I was a puzzle fanatic. I would find a cool puzzle. Put it out on a table in our living room area and work through it over the course of a week or weekend. As friends came by, we would ofyen work on the puzzle as we talked and had a glass of wine. My boys would help out with the puzzle as well. It working my brain, but it was social, too. I have some new/old hobbies I would love to explore more. Kayaking – I want to pick up enough kayaks for the family and begin to do this more often from spring to fall. Painting – I have never taken a painting class and am not sure I will paint anything beautiful but I would like to try an abstract acrylic class. (If anyone knows of a good teacher who can put up with a complete art newbie, let me know).
1. Go On A Weekend Road TripTake your family exploring! Find an event you think your whole family would enjoy, pack your overnight bag, and get going!
2. Go FishingWhether you head to the seacoast or to a local pond, fishing is a great activity for the whole family. If you choose to fish locally, though, be sure to check and see if you need a fishing license! Even if fishing isn't your thing, you can still take the day and just relax on the water. It's as simple as renting a few kayaks.
3. Take Them On A PicnicPack some PBJs and take your family on a little picnic at a local park. This is a great way to get a little sunshine and fresh air after being in a stuffy office all week. Bring your Frisbee, kite, or puppy and let the fun begin!
4. Go CampingEnjoy the smells, sounds, and views of the great outdoors! Camping is a great way to escape work and bond with your family. So, grab your sleeping bags, pitch a tent, and make some mouth-watering s'mores around the campfire.
5. Try Something NewTry rock climbing, go to a rodeo, or check out a car show. Do something that you have never experienced before; it could turn out to be a family tradition!
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1. Every day, every hour, I ask myself: What is the best thing to be focusing on right now? And then I give myself permission to reprioritize, do it, try something new.
I often say that getting a job IS a job. It turns out that the IRS sees it that way, too! Job hunters can (under certain circumstances) deduct expenses they incur in their search for employment as if the job hunt were a business. In this week's U.S. News and World Report article, I offer some tax and financial management suggestions from a CPA specifically for job hunters. You're probably not cheered up by carefully tracking and recording all your expenses - especially when you're unemployed or looking for a new job. Yet, when you take charge of your finances and maintain good records, you can claim the deductions that are legitimately yours at tax time, and maintain your best possible financial situation for both the short and long term. Happy hunting! READ FULL ARTICLE ► Photo Credit: Shutterstock