This is a contributed post by Ellie Jo on exercising at work.
One of the most common reasons for not exercising more is that people simply do not make the time to work out due to their busy work lives. This is quite understandable in the fast-paced modern world we find ourselves living and working in.
It is also fair to say that if you want to work out you can find ways of doing so even if your work schedule is completely insane. The easiest way to do that is by building more exercise into your workday.
If that sounds like the ideal solution to your exercise problem, here are a few things you can do to add more exercise to your workday:
1. Make It Your Job
Okay, so this one certainly isn’t going to be for everyone. If you are serious about exercise and you wish you could do a whole lot more of it, why not consider changing jobs to a more fitness-based role?
From training as a yoga teacher to getting your stretching certification online, there are so many things you can do to make your work life all about fitness!
2. Take The Stairs
An easy way to move more at work is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Doing so will raise your heart rate and burn more calories while also improving your physical condition a little, especially if you move around a lot at work, which brings us to…
3. Talk To Your Colleagues In Person
Instead of emailing or calling your colleagues when you have a question for them, visit them at their desks instead. This is an easy way to build in more movement and it can be nice to check in on the people you work with instead of firing off a quick email, too.
Obviously, this is tough to do if you are working remotely, but if you are in the office consider it an option.
4. Sit On An Exercise Ball
Instead of sitting at your desk on a chair, sit on an exercise ball instead. Doing so will force you to engage your core and this will help you to burn calories and improve your balance significantly. It might feel weird at first, but you will soon get used to it.
5. Cycle At Your Desk
Alternatively, you might want to invest in a cycling desk that allows you to pedal as you work away at your desk job. Imagine how many calories you could burn even if you cycled for only a fraction of your working day!
6. Park Further Away
If you drive to work each day, try parking much further away from the office than you normally do. This will mean you have to walk to and from the office, getting in more steps and taking in more fresh air. You might not burn a huge number of calories but you will be moving around and it will make you feel better.
7. Join A Sports Team
If your office has a sports team, sign up and enjoy not only more exercise, but the camaraderie that comes with it too.
8. Go For A Run!
If you are someone working remotely, lace up your shoes and go for a run in between meetings. If you are new to running see Beginner Runner Guide: Best Tips For New Runners
Next: Check out these Jillian Michaels Free Workout Videos Online.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.