IT workers top UK inertia league
Too much coffee, too little exercise
Personal training outfit Fat Free Fitness has shockingly revealed that the UK's IT workers top the nation's inertia league - drinking too much coffee and doing way too little exercise.
A probe of 1,734 employees found idle IT so-and-sos are Blighty's least energetic, with just 19 per cent meeting the gov's activity guidelines recommending 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week.
The survey also showed a mere 14 per cent reckon they tuck into the healthy five pieces of fruit and/or veg a day, while their coffee intake tops the UK league at an average of 10 cups a day. That, of course, is more than the recommended 800mg top whack of caffeine daily, or eight cups.
Next up on the list of shame are receptionists, followed by salespeople and checkout operators. Bricklayers* are apparently among the most saintly, an honour they share with... fitness instructors.
Fat Free Fitness's founder, Rich Leigh, apparently reading from a Department of the Bleedin' Obvious statement, said: "There is clearly a correlation between sitting at a desk or wheel all day and how active you're likely to be." ®
* We hasten to add this is regarding exercise, not diet. Try this unlikely scenario... Cafe owner to brickie: "Full English breakfast with double bubble, extra black pudding and eight fried slices?" Brickie: "No thanks, mate. I'll have the rocket salad with a soupçon of olive oil dressing and a sparkling mineral water, thanks."
Too much coffee, too little exercise.
Badgers, as like bears they can look cute but can also be downright nasty.
It doesn’t surprise me that IT workers are the unhealthiest workers in the UK and despite them drinking inordinate amounts of coffee and not in taking the healthy daily amount of fruit and veg... you don’t see many obese IT workers. I think stress is a factor and even though they’re not running on a treadmill 30 minutes a day, they probably exert themselves enough each day answering to other people’s technology stresses which must be a regular and demanding occurrence. IT geeks should take a moment out of their stressed life and relax by playing on this game specially developed for IT workers... IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces - http://itmanager3.intel.com/en-gb/default.aspx?iid=ITMG_IgniteSeed_UK_theregister
Here's a defence for all you coders: my fingers travel 100's if not 1000's of metres per day, my brain consumes calories like nobodies business, fook the rest of my body if it can't keep up ;-)
Who needs exercise? Can you really change your body size?
I've done virtually no exercise for the last 5 years or so, apart from maybe a mile walk to and from work for a couple of years. I eat whatever I want, chocolate, takeaway etc... (before that I'd be doing 10-15 miles off road cycling a week and occasional 3 mile runs)
Since turning 30, in those 5 years, I have gone from a 30" waist to a 32" waist and that's about it.
I did feel a bit guilty last week and started some exercise. Cross trainer: 5 minutes early Sunday, 10 mins lunchtime, 15 mid afternoon and 20 evening. Then after work on Monday did 30 mins and could have maybe done more.
So, do diet and exercise really make any difference? Is it just down to your metabolism?
I've only met 1 person who has made serious changes to their weight during their lives. A lady who went from being BIG to being very skinny, but she was in the military where exercise and a diet free from junk food is easy to find.
Well maybe, but it seems to have shrunk your brain.
Personally, I get no exercise and can still speak English.