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Bradders
26-07-2012, 08:49 AM
Survival of the fattest as office worker and hunter-gatherers searching for food with spear use same energy | thetelegraph.com.au (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/survival-of-the-fattest-as-office-worker-and-hunter-gatherers-searching-for-food-with-spear-use-same-energy/story-e6freuy9-1226435126049)

Why do I find that hard to believe?

RyanF
29-07-2012, 12:41 AM
No link to study. No clear or specific referencing. Claims that doing stuff burns the same amount of energy as not doing stuff, despite mountains of empirical evidence to the contrary.

Seems legit.

callan
29-07-2012, 01:01 AM
after working both on site and in a office, at the end of the day u go home feeling fucked, i thought working in an office would be less taxing/tiring. i was wrong lol

jamesyboi
30-07-2012, 12:32 PM
I put on 80kgs in 3 years from sedentary office work (and bad diet)

I had a hard time putting on weight from a labour intensive factory job ( with a bad diet)

I would burn more calories throwing spears at dinosaurs than sitting behind a computer all day.

Sydking
30-07-2012, 02:48 PM
I worked a little over 12 months as a formworker/steel fixer with a mate,

Never lifted in that time, A little boxing and cardio before and after work.

Lost about 15kg, Bulked up an impressive ammount, and toped of with a nice tan.

Lots of lifting steel and timber at work really paid off. never ate a propper diet then either.

Now in an office for the last year, frist office job aswell. I am alot lazier. find it hard to wake up before 7 30 am. bugged and lazy when i get home from work at 5, and find it hard to motivate for training, all stiff and hardly off my ass all day.

I used to finish a day on site buzzing like ive had a bag of speed, would even get up at 4 30am and go for a run, half hour nap before training at 7pm and then in bed by 12am.

I thught the office would be great for recovery but working labour all day is even better as your moving and standing all day.

Darkoz
30-07-2012, 03:16 PM
That's the beauty of it, the more energy you expend, the more energy you have.

NightFallTech
30-07-2012, 03:48 PM
I put on 80kgs in 3 years from sedentary office work (and bad diet)

I had a hard time putting on weight from a labour intensive factory job ( with a bad diet)

I would burn more calories throwing spears at dinosaurs than sitting behind a computer all day.

Personally, i'd burn more calories running away from dinosaurs and throwing spears at rabbits for dinner, sedentary work definitely makes you more stiff and less energetic, unfortunately with no 'hard skills' many of us office workers are stuck unless we want a 50K+ paycut.

Bradders
30-07-2012, 05:26 PM
Personally, i'd burn more calories running away from dinosaurs and throwing spears at rabbits for dinner, sedentary work definitely makes you more stiff and less energetic, unfortunately with no 'hard skills' many of us office workers are stuck unless we want a 50K+ paycut.
Pretty much the same boat here

Jungnaut
11-09-2012, 12:03 AM
Long hours sitting on my ass all day in the office coupled with hardly any time for training + takeaway meals meant I put on 10kg when I was doing a blue collar job. Then I swapped to contracting and I lost all of it and then some, while eating pretty much anything I liked.
Felt I had more energy to burn too..
False study is false

lex
11-09-2012, 09:16 AM
I worked a little over 12 months as a formworker/steel fixer with a mate,

Never lifted in that time, A little boxing and cardio before and after work.

Lost about 15kg, Bulked up an impressive ammount, and toped of with a nice tan.

Lots of lifting steel and timber at work really paid off. never ate a propper diet then either.

Now in an office for the last year, frist office job aswell. I am alot lazier. find it hard to wake up before 7 30 am. bugged and lazy when i get home from work at 5, and find it hard to motivate for training, all stiff and hardly off my ass all day.

I used to finish a day on site buzzing like ive had a bag of speed, would even get up at 4 30am and go for a run, half hour nap before training at 7pm and then in bed by 12am.

I thught the office would be great for recovery but working labour all day is even better as your moving and standing all day.

try walking up the stairs and try a standing desk

Sydking
11-09-2012, 04:42 PM
try walking up the stairs and try a standing desk

im on the first floor so no stairs

I live less then 1km from work- Though i do train every second day in my lunch break - the 5min walk home is more of a leg warmenr then anything

Dont know how a standing desk would go. though i was thinking of a exersise ball to sit on for back posture reasons.

Neddysmith
11-09-2012, 04:55 PM
standing desks are the new gay in the office.....

Working on the tools on site you are going to go home stuffed as you are physically knackered from the active type work, working in an office you are going home stuffed due to mental fatigue, a generalisation YES but pretty close to the mark i think...

lex
11-09-2012, 05:12 PM
im on the first floor so no stairs

I live less then 1km from work- Though i do train every second day in my lunch break - the 5min walk home is more of a leg warmenr then anything

Dont know how a standing desk would go. though i was thinking of a exersise ball to sit on for back posture reasons.

I work on the 23rd floor. From 3 to 23 best time is 6 minutes.

I setup a standing desk in the off ice, use it around 1/3 the time.
My legs hurt if I sit down to much

Sydking
12-09-2012, 03:19 PM
standing desks are the new gay in the office.....

Working on the tools on site you are going to go home stuffed as you are physically knackered from the active type work, working in an office you are going home stuffed due to mental fatigue, a generalisation YES but pretty close to the mark i think...

i do like the rest and recovery i get from now working in an office.

WHen i was on the tools i was never lifting, Just Kick boxing, though lugging around steel and ply wood all day made for a good base to start.

The free tan was good to, Nothing beats a singo and footy shorts. And when your boss is your good mate - it makes for a bit of fun huh

Neddysmith
12-09-2012, 03:44 PM
i do like the rest and recovery i get from now working in an office.

WHen i was on the tools i was never lifting, Just Kick boxing, though lugging around steel and ply wood all day made for a good base to start.

The free tan was good to, Nothing beats a singo and footy shorts. And when your boss is your good mate - it makes for a bit of fun huh

Yeah i know what your saying, one of the best job i had was when i was helping a mate out fencing, you knew the harder you worked the more money you would make, but also the earlier you would knock off...

Brick
12-09-2012, 04:12 PM
Working on the tools on site you are going to go home stuffed as you are physically knackered from the active type work, working in an office you are going home stuffed due to mental fatigue, a generalisation YES but pretty close to the mark i think...

Fuck yes this, alot of people in offices aren't working that hard if they're not drained at the end of the day. I can tell ya doing a million things at once and dealing with 10 different shit fights at a time in the office will leave you just as knackered as spending 10hrs on a jackhammer.

That's coming from someone that has done both.

Bloke
12-09-2012, 07:50 PM
Fuck yes this, alot of people in offices aren't working that hard if they're not drained at the end of the day. I can tell ya doing a million things at once and dealing with 10 different shit fights at a time in the office will leave you just as knackered as spending 10hrs on a jackhammer.

That's coming from someone that has done both.

Amen to that. Stress will grind anyone down.

Sydking
13-09-2012, 10:14 AM
Very true, Mental fatuige and physical are both very draining.

Though NOTHING like a nice jog after sitting in the officeall day to stretch the legs out and get some blood pumping.

NightFallTech
13-09-2012, 11:02 AM
It's possible to be productive in an office without being stressed :) ... Software doesn't argue back

Bazza20
13-09-2012, 11:09 AM
Both physical and office jobs can be draining just in different ways.

One other thing, people seem to be suggesting that stress only occurs with office jobs. Lol.