Sitting at your desk all day is bad for your health

We spend 65-75% of our day seated and stationary according to a recent survey.  Not just at work but again when we get home and collapse in-front of the TV for the evening.

Even as someone who works from home, I spend much of my day either on the phone or at the computer ... working with clients or writing blogs and articles.

It's one of the reasons, with a more sedentary and stressful lifestyle, obesity is increasing and all the diseases associated with lack of exercise and a poor diet are affecting people earlier and earlier in their lives.  We might be living longer but are we living into a healthy old age?

Now you have another reason to get up from your desk and move around.  It's important to take regular breaks at work - not just for health reasons but it will also improve your productivity and increase your energy.

While not all of us can invest in the new sit/stand desks, you can do something to ensure you get up more often and don't spend all your day seated.  As well as making sure your desk, chair and computer are positioned correctly:

- Go and get a glass of water or a drink every hour or after completing a task.  Consciously take a break.
- Don't spend your lunch hour at your desk - get up and take a walk outside (weather permitting).
- Get up from your desk and go and talk to a nearby colleague rather than send them an email.
- Stand up when you're on the phone.
- Use the stairs rather than the lift/elevator.
- Walk don't drive - walk or cycle to and from work or at least for those shorter journeys.
- Go for a walk or get some exercise after work to physically and mentally switch from
- Get yourself a pedometer and see how many steps you actually walk in a day and do what you can to increase it bit by bit.
- Start yoga, tai chi or pilates as a way to get the body gently moving if you're not

If you spend most of your working day seated in an office or in meetings.  Take what opportunities you can to balance the hours you spend seated with being more active and getting exercise - either in your lunch-time, evening or at the weekends.

Could offices change from sitting to standing? (BBC News)

What makes you happy?

It's the International Day of Happiness - so how happy are you and what makes you happy.

The sun has come out - that makes me happy.

  • A lovely bunch of flowers - freshly delivered or picked from the garden - that makes me happy.
  • Chocolate (good quality) - that always makes me happy.
  • Watching the birds in my garden - that makes me happy.
  • Listening to my favourite music or an upbeat song - that makes me happy.
  • Children and babies - they make me laugh and smile with their wonder at the world.

There's more of what makes me happy on my Facebook Page.

Whatever you do in life - be happy! :)

Networking Tips: #40 So you want to start a networking group?

Are you thinking about starting up a networking group?


Not unless you're prepared to put in the time and effort to make it successful.

Many people start a networking group thinking it will give them a ready made audience for their products and services.

This is rarely the case.  They will see you as the 'meeting organiser' and while you're busy running the group, meeting and greeting, writing out name badges, you don't actually get much time to network.  People are busy chatting to everyone else but you.

Even if it's a free event and you do a minimum amount of 'running the meeting', you still need to send out emails and updates, advertise the group, find new people to come along, get the meeting venue ready, follow-up afterwards etc.

Running a networking group can take up as much time as running your own business.  I've spoken to several meeting organisers who've realised this and then given up after a couple of years.

I had to regularly update my list of local and national groups with all the new groups that were and still are starting up each year and removing those that were no longer active.

If you want to start your own networking group - you need to think:
  • What's your objective for running a networking group?
  • How much time and effort will you able to give it?
  • Who's your target audience - for the network, for your business?
  • Where and how often will you hold the meetings?
  • Will it be a business or social group?
If you want to run it as a business in it's own right and make money from it, that's one thing but you might find you've bitten off more than you can manage trying to run it alongside your existing business.

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