Staying Active At Work

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I know that the majority of people that are trying to stay fit or lose weight have to deal with a road block that takes up a large part of their time. This roadblock is their job, which for some causes them to sit still for 8-10 hours at a time. It is difficult to keep your metabolism going and active when you are at a desk for that length of time. There are ways to stay active at work, even when the nature of your job is quite sedentary.  The first thing you can do is buy an exercise ball (if your work allows it) and use that as a chair. This technique has become popular and if used correctly can make a big difference. You have to make sure that the ball is the right height and has enough air. What this does is it causes you to activate your core muscles throughout the day while forcing you to sit with proper posture.  This in turn causes you to burn more calories than if you were to be sitting in a chair all day. The next tip is make sure you bring enough water and stay hydrated during the day.  The benefits of this being you will stay hydrated and you will probably have to get up 4-5 times during the day to use the restroom. This is good being it will break up the monotonous structure of your day and will get your blood pumping again. Another idea would be to park your car at the end of the parking lot, even if there are open spots closer. Again, this will cause you to walk farther to work and back to your car at the end of the day, thus burning more calories.

When it comes time for lunch try not to eat at your desk. Go outside or at least to a break room (possibly on a different floor of the building). Have your lunch but then use up the rest of your allowed lunch time to go for a walk. Do not use your “free time” to do something seated.  If it is possible to have food at your desk break up your lunch into three smaller meals throughout the day. This will give you more time during lunch to do something active and will increase your metabolism because of the frequent, small meals you are eating. If you work in a building with multiple levels use the stairs coming and going, or even as a workout during lunch. Another possibility to stay active is to bring an exercise band to work (if it allows). You will see a huge difference if every half hour or so you do a set or two of any exercise (curls, raises, presses, bruggers). This will cause your heart rate to rise, more blood will be pumped through your system and you won’t feel the “sedentary” effects of having to sit all day. Implementing any of these tips will help you stay active at work. They will help you break up the day and burn more calories by doing it. Do not forget that several studies show a direct correlation with physical activity and our abilities to concentrate. So if anything these “little breaks” throughout the day will help us do our job even better, while we take care of our bodies as well. If you have any questions or comments about this information please feel free to do so below.


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