Are you playing the relentless game of cat and mouse chasing the newest health trend? The current trend is whether to sit or to stand while working, which is being pondered by medical and working professionals alike. So which is better for your health and your wallet; walking and prowling like a cat on the hunt for more business or hiding behind your desk like a mouse to get work done?
I’m sure you have seen the myriad of articles and infographics comparing sitting to smoking over the past few months and wondered if it really is that bad for you. Just to be upfront, sitting is not as bad for you as smoking (not even close) though being sedentary and feeding the fat is a very close second. There is also the fact that just as sex sells, so does sensationalism and this comparison has just titillated you into looking at one of those new, trendy and very pricey walking desks. Don’t deny it, you’ve thought about getting one. Honestly, it is a cool idea and the thought of “exercising” and getting business done at the same time is very appealing.
Multitasking Your Mind And Body Is Not A Great Idea
The problem is that your body and mind are not that great at multitasking and you would be just one stumble away from a broken desk, a lost project and a permanent limp. It is actually both more beneficial and less hazardous to keep exercise in its own short and focused time so when you work that can also be done faster and more efficiently.
The cat and the mouse both know one thing – that your body and your brain both need exercise and rest to stay healthy. The best thing you can do is to mix these up by alternating between active and rest periods during the day to benefit both your body and your brain. You will be conditioning them for your success today and enjoyment of life tomorrow, because working your life away without a break for fun and exercise is no way to live.
Work and Exercise Can Work Together Some Times
One final thought to keep you healthy year round. Get up and move, sit down and rest and do both as needed to keep your health at its best.