work exercise tips

With Spring almost here, now is the perfect time where adults are actively trying to shed those extra pounds commonly gained during the Winter. However, it can be extremely difficult to find the time and motivation to go to the gym when working a full-time job. In fact, Time Magazine reported that 43% of full-time working adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise. One of the best ways to get the recommended amount of exercise in with a typical 9-5 job is to find ways to fit in exercise in and out of the office.

Here are easy to follow tips for getting fit during a busy workday.

Bike or Walk To the Office

If you live in a relatively close distance to the office, a great and energizing way to start your morning is to bike or walk to work. If you’re worried about the possibility of sweating and possibly damaging your work outfit, make sure to opt for a shirt that is both breathable and sweat-resistant. This kind of shirt will ensure that you will look and feel fresh for the office.

Skip the Elevator

Instead of using the elevator, taking the stairs is one of the easier lifestyle changes that you can make. If it’s going up only one flight of stairs or five, taking the stairs to your floor has huge benefits for your health. Even just having two extra minutes of stair climbing helps avoid weight gain.

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Sit Less, Stand More

Research has found that sitting too often is commonly linked with health issues, including obesity and high blood pressure. Along with being encouraged to try and move every 30 minutes, more and more offices are starting to incorporate standing desks for their employees. Another office trend that is starting to occur is more companies are starting to hold standing meetings. Not only is this better for your health but standing meetings have also been shown to decrease meeting times by 25%.

Take Advantage of Your Lunch Break

With most full-time employees being given an hour-long lunch break, it’s perfect to either go to the gym or just take a walk outside. Even if it’s only for thirty minutes, your lunch time is as good a time as any to get a substantial workout in and give yourself a mental break from the office. If you don’t have time in your lunch break to get a successful workout in, try to do little things around the office to get more steps in such as going to get coffee with a colleague or walk to a person’s desk instead of messaging them.

Find a Colleague

Having a colleague to work out with not only holds you accountable but it’s also good for competitiveness and motivation. In fact, working out with someone can increase your workout time and intensity by 200%. Having a workout partner is also a great way to change up your routine and find new workouts that are beneficial for you as well as your partner.

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