In the modern world, our careers take up most of our time, and some people even work from early in the morning till late at night. This often means we are sedentary all day, just sitting at our desks and hardly moving around at all. Sometimes, there isn’t even time to workout outside of work. Don’t worry though, as there are several things you can do to sneak in some exercise while you are at work. Here are four of them.
Take the Stairs
It’s rare that people don’t have to move between floors during the course of the workday. You will most probably use an elevator or escalator during the course of the day, but why not use the stairs instead? Climbing stairs is one of the best workouts you can give yourself. Maybe over time, you can even climb seven or eight floors without getting overly tired!
Park Your Car Further Away
Okay, it definitely is tempting to park your car as close as possible to your office’s entrance. But do your body a favor and park it further away so that you need to take a short walk to and from the office.
If you don’t drive, maybe you can take the bus or train earlier, and get off one stop away from your usual stop. The extra walk certainly could not hurt and it would force you to exercise (of course, be sure to do this only if you are going to be walking in a safe public area).
Take Breaks at Work
No, not coffee breaks, but exercise breaks. Every hour, spend 5 or 10 minutes walking around and stretching your body. If you work eight hours a day, that’s already 40 minutes at least of walking and stretching. It does add up, doesn’t it?
Use a Standing or Treadmill Desk
A standing desk is a desk that can only be used when you stand, while a treadmill desk has a treadmill attached to the desk that you walk on as you do your work. These nifty inventions force you to stand or walk as you carry on with your work day, thus forcing you to exercise throughout the day. This of course is the best way to exercise at work without compromising productivity or wasting time.
Try these helpful tips and watch as you get fitter and more energized as days go by. As you can see, you won’t even need to break into much sweat trying to exercise at work. Don’t give up if making these changes seem hard at first; it’ll all become routine and habit over time.