Are you a healthy couch potato?
The 30 – 60 minutes you spend every other day in the training is awesome but there are some super effective ways to keep burning calories even when you’re not in your fitness gear.
If you want optimum health, you need to eat well and find windows of exercising opportunity on most days— not just during your scheduled workouts.
How can you squeeze in a little exercise when most of your hours are spent sitting at a desk, meeting in the conference room, and preparing for big presentations?
Read on to find out when you can squeeze in exercise and how to do it.
1. On the Way to Work.
To start your day with a smidgen of calorie-burning exercise, you may need to wake up a few minutes earlier than usual.
Not to get in a workout before tossing on your power suit, but rather so you’ll have time to torch a few calories on the way to work.
To shed some calories before clocking in, you have a number of options depending on your situation.
You can bike or walk to work, get off a stop early on the bus or train, or park your car at the far end of the car park so you get to walk farther to reach your office.
And of course, once you get to your building, take the stairs ?♀️?♂️
2. When Doing Mindless Tasks.
Admit it: everything you do at work doesn’t require an amazing amount of brainpower.
Take advantage of the easy tasks by multitasking with some exercise.
The easiest option is to flex and squeeze your body.
From your glutes and your abs to your back and thighs, you can get rid of a few calories by simply flexing/engaging them as you work.
As you grow accustomed to the engaging, you may find it to be a great way to work your way through a long, difficult meeting.
3. Every Time You Finish a Task.
When you first get to work, make a to-do list.
This will help keep you on track and will also set you up for exercise rewards.
Each time you cross a task off your list, give yourself an exercise reward.
This could be walking a couple laps around the office, standing up and doing a couple quick stretches, or closing your office door and knocking out 10 – 15 squats.
Know what your exercise reward of the day will be and go for it.
4. When You Need to Communicate.
Helpful as email may be, there is a way to communicate with your colleagues that actually keeps your body moving.
Getting out of your seat and walking to your coworker’s office to talk things through.
Have to make a few phone calls? Stand up as you talk or better yet, pace back and forth during the conversation.
5. At the Top of the Hour.
A great way to sneak a little calorie burning into your routine is to get up every hour.
And your exercising doesn’t need to be super intense.
All you need to do is stand up. Do this for five minutes, eight times a day, and you will drop an extra 50-100 calories a day.
That’s right—all you have to do to stand up for your health is stand up!
I hope that helps.
To your success,