3 Ways to Burn More Calories at Work
By Genevieve Cunningham
As American adults, we spend a lot of time at work. We’re a work first, play second society, and because of that, we’re all breaking our backs at the office day in and day out. While this isn’t all bad, there are some definite downsides to the amount of time we spend working. Besides missing out on family time, perhaps one of the biggest problems is that it hinders our health! How can you find time to work out if you’re always at work? It’s tough, but improving your health at the office can be done. If you’re ready to get fit and healthy without taking time off, take a look at these ways to burn more calories during working hours.
Use Breaks Wisely
Everyone is allowed a certain number of breaks per hours worked. So why not use those breaks productively? Grab your snack, step outside, and get in a few laps. Or if you can’t get outdoors, do some squats or lunges in the break room. You might feel silly, or you may even feel like it’s not enough to make a difference. But the tiny movement will add up over time. Using every moment that you have to move more will definitely make a difference in your health and the shape of your body in the long run.
Rearrange Your Working Environment
We organize our offices to make everything as convenient as possible. When we can, we put everything within arm’s reach. But what if we took a different approach? What if we purposely put oft used items across the room? At first, this would probably drive you nuts! You’d have to get up a thousand times a day! But if you’re looking for more movement, then getting up and crossing your office multiple times a day would actually be a good thing. Take a look at your office environment. Are there any changes that you could make to create movement? If so, use this to your advantage, and get your office working with you toward better health.
Fit in Movement
Sometimes, all you can do is fit in movement where you can. Are you on the phone all day? Get up and squat while you talk. Do you stand in the same place? Lunge periodically. Make three or four extra trips to the bathroom or to the water fountain. We can’t always control everything about our working environment, but we can control our own bodies. Fit in the movement in any way you can, and you will see the results in the long run.
Spending time at work isn’t a bad thing, especially if you use that time to improve your health. We spend so many hours there, imagine the changes that can be made to your body and health! Use these tips to get you moving in the right direction, and soon all of that time spent at work will be productive in more ways than one.
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