Stay Fit, Take a Walk

February 02, 2012

Sitting for hours isn’t good for our health or physical fitness. Find out what entrepreneurs are doing and some of the SupermarketGuru’s tips

Whether your office is in an office building or at the dining room table, sitting immobile for hours is at odds with staying fit and healthy, according to many health experts... and common sense!

Entrepreneurs are hard at work thinking of how to remedy the issue, working with fitness experts to transform the cubicle into a multitasking exercise space. Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk told Reuters, “We've made Americans fat by putting them in cubicles.” So what’s a TreckDesk, it’s a workstation designed to fit over a treadmill.

Bordley developed the TrekDesk after a leg injury that put a halt to his active lifestyle. He couldn't run anymore so he started experimenting with a treadmill; he realized, “walking is a pretty powerful exercise… back problems went away, I lost 26 pounds and slept great.” That’s how the TrekDesk came to be.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the daily goal for (healthy) adults in a walking program is 10,000 steps, Most sedentary adults walk less than 5,000 a day.

SupermarketGuru suggests some alternatives, since the TrekDesk is out of reach for many- try getting up every half hour and take a 5-minute walk around your house or office. If possible, use a hands-free headset so when you’re on the phone you can walk around at the same time. When you are heading out of the house, try to park in the farthest spot from the door, so you get some extra steps in on the way to the store. Skip the elevator and take the stairs!

What else does SupermarketGuru depend on to help manage weight? You guessed it, a food diary… well specifically’s Fat Diaries. has had this tool available free for years and wanted to remind readers how effective writing down our meals and snacks is for loosing or maintaining weight.

Weight loss is not the only benefit of keeping a food diary. The simple act of keeping a daily food diary can be quite revealing. It can tell us what nutrients we aren’t getting enough of, keep track of calories and fat, point out sources of stress or environmental factors that provoke overeating, or what foods result in energy slumps. In addition, diaries can assist in managing food budgets, by showing us where money can be better spent on healthier items, cutting costs in other unhealthy areas. The act of keeping the diary can broaden your knowledge of how to find a healthy balance with budget and diet.

For your SupermarketGuru FREE online Fat Diary, click here.