Picture of The Complete Desk Job Fitness Guide
As technology has made our lives easier, we find more and more of our jobs to be behind desks on computers, phones and doing paperwork.  Sadly, sitting for prolonged periods of time has had negative effects on employee health.  Studies have shown that the decrease in physical activity in the workplace has contributed the rise in the obesity epidemic.  A 14-year study conducted by the American Cancer Society concluded that those who sit for greater than 6 hours per day had a higher mortality rate than those who sat less.  "Prolonged time spent sitting, independent of physical activity, has been shown to have important metabolic consequences, and may influence things like triglycerides, high density lipoprotein, cholesterol, fasting plasma glucose, resting blood pressure, and leptin, which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular and other chronic diseases," said Dr. Alpa Patel, the study’s leader.  Recently, a NJ Worker's Comp court ruled that prolonged sitting was to blame for an obese woman's death by a blood clot.  Prolonged sitting from desk jobs is also related to chronic neck and low back pain.

Is there any hope? Of course there is! Read on and this guide will give you simple and easy tips to combat the detrimental effects of a sedentary job.

Ranie-K4 years ago
How about burning some calories making your own pictures and not posting other peoples' pictures here without even crediting them?
bridge47 (author)  Ranie-K4 years ago
I went ahead and put all the sources back in, but the problem is still that none of them credited the actual original sources, which is why I didn't put it there in the first place. You must have missed steps 4 and 5 being too busy commenting on photo sources.
You know that it is not okay to steal photos for these projects, right? Just because a few things are yours doesn't negate the fact that the others are not.
bridge47 (author)  annahowardshaw4 years ago
All sources are there now, is it still not ok to use photos when their sources are given?
bridge47 (author)  bridge474 years ago
I went ahead and put that in the answers section to get some feedback. Is it never ok to use an image even if you site the source? I want to know.
fatum bridge474 years ago
This depends on the license of the picture. You can freely use pictures with for instance the Creative Commons License.
If no license is stated, then it is assumed that the owner retains the copyright and usage rights. In that case you always have to ask if you can use the picture, sitting the source isn't enough.

Not true at all. The owner assumes all responsibility for filing for said rights. You are terribly misinformed in this matter. The assumption if the owner has not expressed copyright limitations is that there are none.
Ranie-K fatum4 years ago
That's right, fatum!

And Bridget47: The people that did not say where they got the picture may have paid cash money to the copyright owner for being able to do that. The sale of stock-photos is a huge business.
Thank you for this post. While it has been a long while since others have commented, I wanted to give positive feedback. Also, the ones commenting on creative license and should you have photos previously credited know little to nothing about the actual laws behind copyrights and artistic/creative license. Great job on this!
sauwen4 years ago
I loved this instructable as I am one of them office sitting types. Great tips on moving about in the office.
Phil B4 years ago
William Proxmire was a senator from Wisconsin back in the 1970s. He had a special (small) desk built for himself that allowed him to stand while working in the office. He also jogged to work and was very careful about what he ate.