Men and women battle different fat demons. Men usually have it accumulate around the waist, while women have problems in the thighs and rear end.
One thing I get a little jealous about is when guys are just naturally thin in the waist. But even the best of them lose that advantage with age. I’ve always been pretty naturally thin, but when I let myself go even a little, the only thing that is natural is the mid-section bulge that comes with slacking on my nutrition and exercise.
In 2005, endocrinologist Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic led a study showing that lean people burn about 350 more calories a day than those who are overweight, by doing things like fidgeting, pacing, or just routine things like walking to the copier.
Wow, a little nervous energy may be a good thing for your health.
So this gave Dr. Levine an idea: Why not develop a treadmill-style work area for cubicle dwellers?
Levine constructed the first known treadmill desk (which would end up being dubbed The Walkstation) by sliding a bedside hospital tray over a $400 treadmill.
Dr. Levine’s Walkstation costs about $4,000 and comes in 36 laminate finishes with an ergonomically curved desktop. The first thing that probably comes to mind is “who wants to sweat when you’re working.” Well, they have you covered.
You can get plenty of benefit without breaking a sweat. You can burn an estimated 100-130 calories an hour at speeds slower than two miles an hour, according to research. For some, it totals about five miles of walking during each work day.
Oh, by the way, there’s a social networking site for this growing niche fitness community, too.
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