Naah, I’ve got this covered

Office workers must exercise for one hour a day to combat the deadly risk of modern working lifestyles, a major Lancet study has found.

Not quite as onerous as it sounds

A decent walk – at a speed of just over three miles an hour – was enough to achieve the benefit, he stressed.

“You don’t need to do sport, you don’t need to go to the gym, it’s OK doing some brisk walking maybe in the morning, during your lunchtime, after dinner in the evening. You can split it up over the day but you need to do at least one hour,” he said.

That hour in the evening standing at the bar and wandering out for a smoke now and again qualifies, no? I mean, that’s walking?

Ever so slightly more seriously I absolutely hate the way I feel with no exercise at all. And yes, that 15 minute wander to the office and back (when in Czech) does indeed help. Although as the stories about cycling will tell, in reasonable weather I do rather more than that.

7 thoughts on “Naah, I’ve got this covered”

  1. “That hour in the evening standing at the bar and wandering out for a smoke now and again qualifies, no?”

    Tsk tsk; you need to spend a good five hours in the pub and use one of those hours in walking in and out for fag breaks or going to the loo.

  2. Seriously though, I work from home and on a day – like today – when I don’t have to go out for meetings etc, it is amazing how little I move unless a specific effort is made.

  3. I’m currently waging a campaign to bring in adjustable standing desks which should have much the same effect.

  4. I’m currently on a contract where I’m driving long distances to sites, sitting there for a couple of hours doing an upgrade, then driving back home. My body is definitely complaining.

  5. “I’m currently waging a campaign to bring in adjustable standing desks ”

    When God wanted a creature to stand around all day with a vacant expression on its face he made cows.

  6. I found that I couldn’t be doing with the lunch-at-the-desk regime. Walk for ten minutes, have lunch, walk back. If the weather suited, sometimes walk back the scenic route. Or take a twenty minute walk instead, to a different haunt.

    If we had a working lunch, then I’d take my walkies in the mid afternoon.

    Of course, cycle from home to work and back again.

  7. @Magnusw, July 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Standing desks are a hippster fad.

    A recent study showed they increased calories burned by iirc a paltry 75 per day.

    Don’t waste money – cancel your campaign.

    Start a stair climbing lunch club instead.

    P

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