Work days can sometimes be a challenge and often we don’t feel like exercising after a long day. However, there are some fun ways to get in some exercise while at work. Getting in some physical exercise can help you to feel energized throughout the day. Here are 6 tips:
#2 Instead of using the elevator to get you to our destination, take the stairs. You will feel energized and more motivated once you return to your desk. You may be intimidated by the thought of going up flights of stairs, so start by taking the stairs DOWN. Walking down stairs is still more exercise than the elevator. You can then work your way up from there.
#3 How about taking a pedometer with you? They are a great way to see how many steps you take during the day. Seeing how many miles you walk each day will motivate you to walk even more. It can be attached to your skirt, pants or work ID.
#4 Walk to lunch. Eating lunch and then not getting any exercise afterwards can just contribute to unwanted calories that can add weight to your body. If your work is close to a restaurant, ask a co-worker to walk with you to the restaurant. Walking up and back to a restaurant instead of driving, is a great way to stay fit and well.
#5 Take some healthy snacks with you to work. You will have more resistance to unhealthy snacks in vending machines at work. You will consume fewer calories and feel a lot better than when you eat snacks that are heavy in calories. Processed food that is found in most vending machines will not only add calories to your daily diet, but they also can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
#6–Another fun way to exercise is to exercise in your office, at your desk. Look up chair exercises online. Try doing some sit-ups, crunches, yoga, leg lifts, jumping jacks or pushups 3 times per day for a very quick workout. Pick a number (50 sit ups, 25 push ups…), close your door and workout. Also, try some stretching exercises before you do sit-ups or jumping jacks. Stretching exercises not only make you feel good but they also take away some of the pain that comes from sitting or standing too long. You can bring a yoga mat to work so that you are not right on the floor in your good clothes. There are even workplace workout videos on YouTube.
One more note: Many hospitals have an area where employees workout or take exercise classes. Some facilities allow the public to work out too, for no cost or at minimal cost. Check out your local hospital. If you work at a hospital or near one, this would be a great way to exercise during your lunch break.