Tips and Tricks on Staying Fit in an Office

If you are stuck sitting in an office chair all day – I feel your pain.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job but as a young professional I am always looking for ways to keep active throughout the day.

People always comment on how cool it is that I work at a gym and I definitely agree, however; sometimes motivation to work out here because I’ve already been here all day. I know many of my coworkers feel the same way and I wanted to find out if they had any tips and tricks to share about staying fit in an office.

They did not disappoint.

Walk, walk, walk

You’ve heard this one plenty of times before but let me just reiterate.. walk, walk, walk.

Starting your morning off with a walk is a great way to relax and clear your head before the day begins. If walking or riding a bike to work is not an option for you then try to park further away. You can always bring extra shoes to change into once you get to the office.

Try not to take the elevator either and take advantage of those stairs. If you need to start off small, do so. Take the elevator up halfway and walk the rest until you get comfortable to walk the entire way. Stairs are awesome cardio and great for those legs!

Workout during your lunch hour

Let’s face it, after an exhausting day at work it’s hard to find motivation to make it to the gym so setting aside time during lunch is a great alternative.

Honestly, who needs an hour to eat anyway? #amiright

Try to take that time to go for a run, brisk walk, or head to the gym for a quit workout. Better yet, grab someone from the office to go with you. By finding a workout buddy you can keep each other accountable.

Did you know that exercising with a partner improves weight-loss results? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Packing your lunch

Bring your lunch and quit eating out. Sometimes easier said than done, but by bringing a lunch you are able to keep an eye on what you eat and can avoid the pressure to go out somewhere that may not be the healthiest. Sometimes it may be tempting to go out with everyone but you will be able to save a lot of money AND you can go to the gym because you won’t need an hour to eat. Win-win.

Okay, okay. I realize birthday and holidays happen, and then desserts are brought into the office. If you work or have worked in an office I’m sure at one point you’ve told yourself that you were going to eat healthy and then someone brings in donuts.. or cake.. or cookies (Insomnia Cookies and Hurt’s Donuts shout-out). Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to enjoy life! You just don’t need to enjoy that whole box of donuts 😉

Get up and stretch

Make sure you remember to take a break every 1 to 2 hours. Take this time to stretch, do a quick circuit, or take a walk to a bathroom {the furthest one from you}.

Circuit Training is a mixture of cardio and strength training. It helps improve your metabolism and challenges your whole body. It’s easy to do a quick set of squats, pushups, and kettle-bell swings if you have enough space.

Or you can always do what Jarrad does and use an exercise ball as an office chair to help improve your stability. Research shows that stability balls are great resources for burning calories and keeps you moving but should be used for only 20-30 minutes at a time to avoid bad posture.

Remembering some of these tips and tricks can help you stay fit in the office and gives everyone around you motivation to follow suit.

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