Healthy Living: The Benefits of Walking at Work

Most office jobs keep people glued to their seats for hours on end. Often unavoidable, this necessity to work while sitting is the foundation of many sedentary lifestyles. Not only does sitting for extended periods of time have a negative impact on the body, it can also muddle up the mind. As more scientific evidence comes out revealing how damaging the sedentary lifestyle can be, more office workers are fixing the issue by adding a bit more walking to their daily routine. Learn more about how walking at work can help improve your health.

Healthy Living: The Benefits of Walking at Work

Walking Helps Strengthen the Body

It’s obvious that exercising more improves health, but one of the reasons why most people don’t start adding a walk to their work schedule is because they have a hard time believing that walking for 15 or 30 minutes a day can produce any major results. While walking won’t burn as much fat or as many calories as running, it will burn calories, boost the metabolism and maintain the body’s muscle. Walking also helps build stronger bones and reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.

It’s Good to Get Away from the Chair

Sitting down for extended periods of time, day after day, week after week, isn’t exactly what our bodies were meant to do. A huge part of the reason why sitting is so bad for the body is because it typically goes hand in hand with bad posture, decreased blood flow (particularly to the legs), unnecessary strain on the lungs and spine–and therefore a decrease in the amount of oxygen distributed evenly around the body. These things aren’t taking place as soon as we sit down. They build up over time–and can be prevented with a daily walk.

Walking Also Improves Your Mood

In addition to staving off larger health problems and preventing muscle loss, daily walking routines can also help improve mental health. All those things that benefit the body also benefit the mind, while simple things like a change of scenery, socializing with walking buddies or just getting out into fresh air can have a direct and immediate impact on improving how we feel during the day. A lot of it has to do with blood flow. Getting up and walking gets blood and oxygen flowing to the brain, improving focus while decreasing stress levels.

And Optimizes Your Other Workouts

Walking at work has the highest benefit for people who try to remain active outside of work. Many people try to compensate for sedentary lifestyles by hitting the gym on a regular basis. However, exercising outside of work to make up for hours upon hours of sitting in one place might not be enough. Simply put, sitting all day at work might cause more damage than high-intensity workouts at the gym can make up for. On the positive side, walking a few minutes every hour, or for 15 to 30 minutes at lunch, can make exercise outside of work even more effective. Whatever walking option you choose, remember to drink more water during the day.

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Taking Care of Your Pet: 6 Questions You Should Ask When You’re looking for a Vet

Vet-with-dogPets are part of the family and we want to take care of them the best we can. So when they get sick, where do we turn? Here are 6 questions you should ask when you’re looking for a vet.

What is the range of services the vet provides? Like a primary care doctor, you want your vet to have a wide range of services. Preventive, diagnosis and treatment, dentistry and surgery are all basic services. Your pet’s breed and age may require care outside of a vet’s scope of ability. It’s important to arm yourself with knowledge of your pet’s needs beyond common illnesses so you can match your pet with the right vet.

Are they accredited by the American Animal Hospital AssociationThis is different than being a member — while membership means meeting standard veterinary practices, accreditation goes a step further with a rigorous evaluation process to provide high quality pet care. You want to make sure your vet is working to give your pet the best care possible; the AAHA has a system of checks and balances in place to make sure your vet knows what he or she is doing.

girl-with-kittensHow quickly can the vet see pets in emergency situations? Pets can’t tell us what’s wrong, if there’s no purr or bark, for all we know they could be bleeding internally at worst or have a mild belly ache at best. We’re over protective and a good vet will know when it’s appropriate to make room in the schedule for your pet to give it the best possible care.

Does the operation offer after hours care? We take for granted that emergency rooms for people are available at any time in every corner of our communities — but it’s not the quite same for pets. Emergencies happen at all hours, and when they do you should know if you can take your furry friend to the vet you chose or if you?ll have to drive ten miles to the pet ER at 2am on a Tuesday. It’s good to know what the situation is and if it will work for you.

How are overnight and weekend patients monitored? It’s alarming to have a sick pet and the stress doubles if you have to leave your pet at the vet’s overnight. It’s important to be comfortable leaving Snowball, so make sure if your pet requires an overnight stay, you’re OK with how the doctors and technicians monitor patients for extended stays. If the office is closed on Sunday with someone coming in to check on the patients once, will you be OK with that? It?s something to consider to give you peace of mind when the time comes.

boy-with-dogWhat is the position on end of life care? We want our pets to live as long and happy lives as possible. Pet owners have different views on appropriately prolonging a pet’s life. You should choose a doctor that shares your view. The end of a pet’s life is painful enough, it shouldn’t be aggravated by a dispute with your doctor.

Like any business, there are good vets and bad vets. If you do your research and ask the right questions, your pet will have a happy and healthy trip to the doctor.