Workplace Weight Gain: Job Making You Fat? (cont.)
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Don't forget to work activity into your workday, especially if your job is a sedentary one. If your workplace has a gym, terrific. If not, try organizing a lunchtime walking group.
But remember, every little bit of activity helps. Even if your workday doesn't leave time for a formal workout, you can find ways to get moving:
Motivational experts advise rewarding yourself for good behavior, not for results. For example, for each week when you exercise at least three times, put $5 in a fund.
Or turn a daily candy bar habit into a once-a-week treat and reap the rewards. A vending-machine visit might cost you about 300 calories and $2 each day. If you indulge four times a month instead of 20, you'll save 4,800 calories and $32.
Then watch the money pile up, not the pounds. Use it to indulge in a massage, new golf clubs, or a weekend escape -- and leave those workplace (and waistline) worries behind.
Originally published September 10, 2004.
SOURCES: Teresa Lovely, wellness director, Logan Aluminum, Russellville, Ky. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Madeline Phillips, Saipan, CNMI. WebMD Feature: "Gaining Weight on the Job?" by Cherie Berkley, MS, published Sept. 5, 2003.
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