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Summer is almost here, but if you work either in an office or have a really stressful job, chances of you shedding those extra pounds don’t look so good. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, these 10 occupations “had a higher incident of workers reporting weight gain often tied to more sedentary or high stress positions.”
1. Travel Agent
2. Attorney or Judge
3. Social Worker
6. Administrative Assistant
8. Protective Services (Police, Firefighter)
9. Marketing/Public Relations Professional
10. Information Technology Professional
Out of those surveyed, 44 per cent said that they’ve gained weight since starting their current jobs, and 14 per cent of them have gained more than 20 pounds.
Out of those gaining weight, 54 per cent attributed it to sitting behind a desk all day while 37 per cent said it’s because of stress. More than half of them said eating lunch at their desks has negatively affected their health.
“More and more companies are implementing healthy living initiatives in the workplace,” Rosemary Haefner, VP of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, said, but if you don’t have the time for a quick workout, here’s some tips you should try:
1. Walk more. You can do this by taking the stairs instead of an elevator or walking over to a co-worker’s desk instead of sending them an instant message or email.
2. Snack healthy. If you’re sitting most of the day, it’s easy to constantly snack while you’re working.
In fact, 16 per cent of respondents in the survey attributed their weight gain to snacking on available office goodies. If you tend to be a person who snacks throughout the day, bring along healthy alternatives, such as vegetables and fruits.
Also, drink lots of water instead of caffeinated drinks.
3. Bring your lunch. Eating out all the time might be convenient, but it’s not going to do much for your waistline.
4. Exercise while you work. Get an exercise ball or a yoga chair you can rock on while you work. You can also keep weights at your desk that you can pick up throughout the day.
The study included more than 5,700 employees in different industries and was conducted by Harris Interactive.
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