It’s no secret that exercise and good nutrition are key factors in living a healthy life, fulfilled life. Exercise not only has physical benefits but also releases endorphins that make our mental state better too. However, with most people’s busy schedules and long work weeks, it sometimes seems impossible to fit in exercise.
For many, taking the time to exercise can either be a luxury or an added chore. But if you want to achieve optimal health and well-being, regular exercise is essential. Make it a priority and get motivated to do it. Follow these tips to help you in your quest for health and wellness.
5 Ways to Keep Fit at Work
Depending on your current mode of transportation, consider switching it up a bit. If you take the train or bus, get off a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way to the office. Driving to work? Park at a commuter lot and walk or run to work. If you live relatively close to work, consider biking, walking or running.
2. Utilize Breaks
Take your lunch breaks and go to the local Y or gym. If these are not accessible when you are at work, consider walking for lunch or going on a run. Many gyms are adopting the "join one join all" mentality. So when you sign up to one gym, you'll have access to all of their locations. This makes it easier for members to get fit when they are at work or on the road.
3. Skip the Elevator
Opt for the stairs whenever possible. In your office or in the parking garage, taking the steps instead of the elevator will help you reach your fitness goals.
4. Stretch Breaks
Take time every few hours to stretch at your desk, in the office or in the restroom. Get familiar with a few yoga poses or stretches you can do in your immediate area and do them daily. Studies show that taking a break and getting up from your desk increases productivity.
5. Make It a Team Effort
Chances are you’re not the only one in the office craving work out time. Get together with others and shoot some hoops, take a walk, play racquetball, tennis, or any other activity.
Inches make champions.
Although, most of these tips aren’t the typical workout that many think they need to do, these are practical ways to incorporate physical activity into your day. Every little bit helps. Begin with these simple steps and you’ll start to notice an improvement in how you look and feel.
Joe Sans owns and operates Tension Toner.