So you've swapped your traditional work setup for a standing desk, and now you'll never have to worry about the litany of health complaints linked to sitting at work for hours on end, right? Well, sort of.
Working in an office seems like one of the safer career choices you can make. Unlike medical professionals, you don't have to worry about your mistakes costing lives; unlike, say, firefighters or military personnel, you don't have to be concerned about danger to your own life or limb. Or do you?
Need to convince the boss that playing the occasional computer game at work isn't a total waste of time? Try this: a recent study from Plymouth University, published in the journal Appetite, says that playing Tetris reduces the strength, frequency, and vividness of cravings to engage in behaviors like snacking and smoking. In other words, "But boss, picture the savings in healthcare costs! I'm only thinking of the good of the company."
There's a reason that the question goes, "Business or pleasure?" Generally, if you're traveling for the former, you won't have time for the latter. In fact, business travel can be a stressful, unhealthy activity, if you're not careful.
Those of us who sit for a living are well-aware of how fitness-deficient our jobs tend to be. But some people don't have to worry about squeezing in exercise; their jobs burn all the calories they need.