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5 Everyday Health Tips for Desk Jockeys

5 Everyday Health Tips for Desk Jockeys

Today’s workforce is heavily comprised of jobs that require workers to sit at a desk for eight hours a day. While sitting at a desk all day may seem like a treat to those in manual labor careers, the desk jockey lifestyle comes with its own unique set of problems.

A sedentary lifestyle can be bad for one’s health in a variety of ways. Sitting all day can just be downright painful. If you are someone who earns your living as a desk jockey and would like to feel better, while taking a proactive approach with your health, here are 5 tips that can help make your job a little easier on your body.

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Take A Walk

While it may not always be easy to tear yourself away from the computer while at work, it is extremely important that you do so if you want to ward off the body pain and discomfort that can result from sitting at a desk all day. Even if it’s just for a few minutes every hour or so, get up from your desk and walk around. Take a walk to the vending machine. Go say hi to a coworker. Just get up from your desk every once in a while to maintain a healthier, pain-free body while working as a desk jockey.

Get Proper Nourishment

While sipping coffee and eating candy or other junk food may give you a momentary boost of energy when you’re sitting at your desk at work, the crash that eventually occurs can be draining to your body and mind. Instead of filling up on caffeine and unhealthy snacks while at work, try to drink more water and choose healthier snacks like nuts, granola bars, or fruits and vegetables. Not only are these nourishing choices better for your overall health, but they will also help you feel better, too.

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Avoid Eye Strain

Looking at a computer screen all day can be extremely bad for your eyes. Not only can staring at a computer for eight hours a day effect your vision, but it can also cause headaches and an increased sensitivity to light. If you would like to avoid these problems, make sure your computer screen is at least an arm’s length distance from your eyes. If this distance makes it difficult for you to read the print on your computer, try increasing the font size.

Sit Up Straight

Proper ergonomics in the office is vital to maintaining a healthy, pain free body. When you sit up straight, your back will be more properly aligned and you can avoid painful back issues that can occur as a result of sitting at a desk all day. According to an occupational safety expert who earned their safety degree online, these back problems could become serious enough to affect one’s work or even lead to a workplace injury. If your posture isn’t the greatest it may take a little while for you to get into the habit of sitting up straight, but it is worth the effort if you want to protect your back from the pitfalls of being a desk jockey

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Take A Vacation

Sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on both your physical and mental well-being. It is for these reasons that vacation time is crucial to your health and happiness as a desk jockey. Even if you are the type of person who feels guilty about taking time off work, know that using your vacation days is vital to both your physical and mental health. You were given those vacation days for a reason, so take advantage of them!

Conclusion

These are just five great ways to help keep your body and mind healthy and happy while you work as a desk jockey. From walking and eating healthier to protecting your eyes and practicing better posture, there are a variety of health tips you can use to protect your body from the abuse that can occur as a result of being a desk jockey.

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Even if you utilize these tips to make your office job less damaging to your body and mind, nothing will refresh you more than a vacation! Be sure to incorporate these five tips into your workday schedule and you will begin to reap the positive benefits of a healthier and pain free body.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2018

How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

How to Gain Muscle Fast (The Healthy And Natural Way)

There’s a common misconception that building muscle occurs entirely in the gym from exercise and lifting weights. In this article, we are going to debunk this notion that weight lifting and gym exercise yields 100%, or even 90% for that matter, of muscle building results.

So how to gain muscle fast in a healthy way?

Yes working-out is a critical aspect of developing muscle, however it should not be the focal point. Building muscle occurs primarily outside of the gym by way of diet/eating habits, and sleep regimen.

How Is Muscle Developed?

Muscle is developed from damaging the tissue during exercise, and facilitating the most optimal circumstances for repair and growth of those same tissues. This means you will not only need to exercise, but you should focus on carbohydrates around your exercises, and adequate rest and recovery between workouts.

If your focus is building muscle and not losing weight, focusing on a high-carb diet with carb loading around the workout days will yield great results. Yes, you absolutely can lose fat and build muscle following a low-carb diet, but you’ll make faster progress if you follow a high-carb diet instead. Now don’t take that as a green-light to stuff your face with pasta, bread, and all sorts of other carb-heavy foods.

Let’s examine Glycogen – a multibranched polysaccharide of glucose that serves as a form of energy storage in humans. Muscle glycogen is a form of carbohydrate that’s stored in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is the primary source of fuel during exercise, and low glycogen levels decreases your ability to gain strength and muscle. The best way to maintain high levels of muscle glycogen is to eat a high-carb diet, with around 1 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of body weight.

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The time of ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement on muscle glycogen storage post exercise was examined in a study with twelve male cyclists that exercised continuously for 70 min on a cycle ergometer at 68% VO2max, interrupted by six 2-min intervals at 88% VO2max, on two separate occasions. The results suggest that delaying the ingestion of a carbohydrate supplement post-exercise will result in a reduced rate of muscle glycogen storage.

How to Gain Muscle Fast?

If you want to gain muscle as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible, then you want high muscle glycogen levels. Here’s a few effective approaches to building muscle:

Muscle Growth and Glycogen Levels

The primary driver of gaining muscle and its growth is progressive tension overload, which involves exposing your muscles to increasingly greater levels of tension over time. The most effective way to achieve this is to get as strong as possible on heavy compound lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, over head press, bent over barbell rows..etc).

When you keep glycogen levels high, you’re going to gain strength faster, which means gaining muscle faster, too. Having higher levels of muscle glycogen will more than likely help you build muscle faster.

Maintaining high muscle glycogen levels also improves post-workout genetic signaling relating to muscle growth and repair.

Muscle Recovery and Glycogen Levels

Not only do higher muscle glycogen levels yield quicker strength gains, it will also improve recovery between workouts.

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On the contrary, low muscle glycogen levels are associated with overtraining, and even increasingly popular low-carb diets, which deplete muscle glycogen. Low glycogen levels also increase cortisol and reduce testosterone levels in athletes, which is a key component needed for building muscle.

Those on a low-carb diets also have reduced insulin levels. Insulin, in addition to helping store nutrients, also has powerful anti-catabolic properties. Basically insulin decreases the rate at which muscle proteins are broken down, which in turn creates a more anabolic environment conducive to muscle growth and development.

Intermittent Fasting (“IF”) and Testosterone

Fasting is not just a beneficial way to manage your weight, caloric intake, and start shredding as I have indicated in previous articles. Some research shows that fasting can be a source of strength enhancement and increases in testosterone stimulation.

As humans age metabolism slows and testosterone production decreases, this simply means that the body will no longer be able to work as efficiently as it did in earlier years. This is one of the primary reasons why you should take more care to your diet.

Research has shown that intermittent fasting can enhance the ability to secrete growth hormone in the body.[1] This is one of the primary reasons why IF is one of the preferred dietary habits of bodybuilders and strength athletes such as myself, whom will utilize an approach that emphasizes fasting phases (2 of 7 days of the week for example).

Research has also shown that IF can increase the bodies ability to signal luteinizing hormone.[2] In non-obese men, an intermittent fasting testosterone study showed that IF increased LH (luteinizing hormone – a testosterone precursor hormone) up to 67% and overall testosterone 180%.

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Luteinizing hormone is one that works in both men and women to enhance our ability to be sexually active and productive. In women, luteinizing hormone can trigger ovulation, and in men, works to stimulate testosterone.

Intermittent fasting also increases levels of a hormone called adiponectin. This increase in adiponectin during the fast helps improve insulin sensitivity. Adiponectin is so effective, in fact, that it’s been shown to reverse insulin resistance in mice.

Gaining Muscle and Macro Nutrients – Protein!

Something that absolutely cannot go overlooked is the protein consumption. Personally, I believe protein should be primarily consumed in food, however if looking to gain muscle, it can often be quite difficult to hit daily macro nutrient requirements.

If one is to build muscle consistently a general rule of thumb is to aim for 1-1.5grams of protein per pound of body weight on a daily basis. So as a 200lb man I would be needing to consume 200grams – 250grams of protein per day. I would aim for the higher consumption on days when very active and training.

As I’m sure you’re aware, it can often be quite difficult to consume that much protein, especially in food! It’s in these cases where supplementing protein isn’t a bad idea and I have discussed in great detail the different types of protein in previous articles.

Generally speaking, I lean towards Whey Protein Isolate, or non-dairy options such as Hemp Protein, or Pea Protein. As of late I have been waking up every morning and consuming one scoop of Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein Bovines from grass-fed beef. Collagen peptides are highly bioavailable and act as building blocks; renewing bodily tissues such as skin, bones and joints.[3]

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Collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting tissue structure. Consuming protein such as Collagen in the morning is beneficial as the stomachs acids are needed to optimally break-down and absorb protein.

Though this has been a topic of great debate, I also firmly believe adequate carbohydrates are required to build muscle, especially if you are exercising/training often. With all the low-carb movements floating around the internet, there’s lots of misinformation. Muscle-building requires energy which is typically through an increased intake of carbohydrates.

Yes to gain mass, you have to ensure you’re consuming enough protein to rebuild muscle tissue damaged from training; but also consider carbohydrates because gaining size requires filling your muscles with glycogen as we discussed earlier in this article.

Conclusion

If you’re serious about gaining muscle fast the healthy way, it requires commitment and consistency. You will need to exercise and I highly suggest you download MyFitnessPal to track progress, set goals, and maintain diet.

It’s also motivational because you can find like-minded people in the fitness community, or encourage your friends to download the app as well and follow each other. I personally did this when I was losing weight and gaining muscle, and it was a blast to see my own progress and that of people I care about.

As always I’m not just here to write about the steps you need to take, I’m also here to help! You can message me anytime or email me with any questions you may have. I’m more than happy to assist with your muscle building and weight loss goals!

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