With the new year in full swing, many people have made resolutions to try and improve their lives by being a bit healthier. While some people will have no problem in keeping up with their goals, a lot of people who work full time find it increasingly difficult to fit it all in. Those who work in offices tend to find it even harder to reach their fitness goals, as they spend most of their waking hours sitting at a desk. Fortunately, there are ways to stay active even while at work, and here are a few of them.
Walk or Ride to work
If you live within a few miles or work, then walking, running or riding a bike to work at least a couple of days a week will do wonders to your overall health and well-being. Even if you live miles from work, you could consider getting off the bus or train one or two stops early and then walking the rest of the way. It might add a few minutes to your commute, but these are minutes that you’re packing in the exercise and your body will love you for it.
Get your own Coffee and Snacks
While paying for coffee every day you’re at work is neither money-saving or good for you, if you’re going to do it then you might as well get some exercise during the process. Instead of letting someone else make the trip to the local coffee shop to pick up everyone’s coffee, why not volunteer to go yourself? Not only will you get a but more exercise into your daily routine, but you will also get some well-needed time away from the computer screen.
Make the Most of your Lunchtime
Lunch time is an important part of the working day, but not because it gives you an extra hour to cram in some extra work. You should use your lunch hour effectively by taking the time away from your work to recharge. Make a point of going outside for a walk for at least part of your allotted lunch break. To get the blood pumping even more, you could even go for a jog or a run at lunchtime instead of just a walk.
Consider a ‘Standing Meeting’
One of the things that come part and parcel with working in an office environment is the policy of meetings. These can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour out of your productive working day, so why not make the most of them? Research has shown that standing meetings are a great way to increase efficiency – and they are good for you at the same time. If it’s going to be a relatively small meeting between only two or three people, then a walking meeting is an even better idea as you will be burning calories as you work.
Walk Instead of using Email or Phone
So many office calls and emails are sent to people who are located within close proximity of the sender. Why not save the amount of time that you’re in front of the screen and go and walk to a colleague’s desk to ask them something if they are close enough? It may only be a few steps but over the course of the days and weeks this will soon add up. Not only is this great for your overall fitness but it will also improve your social interaction skills and may benefit more than you realise in the future.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
Studies have shown that people are more active if they are wearing clothes that they find comfortable. The research makes sense, as walking up a flight of stairs will be much more appealing if you’re not wearing high heels or a suit that makes you feel stiff. Wear clothes to work that will make you feel more comfortable, and you will find that you move more throughout the day. If your company has a strict requirement for uniform, then make sure you take yours to a tailor to get it fitted properly so that it is more comfortable.