Projects are due, deadlines are looming, work keeps pilling up. Sound familiar? If you feel chained to your desk, in the race to get ahead, there are several things you can do to stay fit and stick to a healthy lifestyle.
Make smart choices. If the vending machine is your only option, choose wisely; pretzels before chips, fruit before candy. Get it?
Drink lots of water. Not only will you stay hydrated, but the extra trips to the bathroom will help burn additional calories.
Be consistent. Use half your lunch or other breaks to exercise. Just 10-20 minutes 3-4 times a week is better than no time at all! If a gym isn’t convenient, take a walk.
Find a buddy. Find a co-worker and exercise together, either before, at lunch or after work. Having an exercise partner will make exercising more fun and will help keep you motivated.
Take the long way: Take the stairs, walk the longer route to the bathroom, make a lap around the office. Simple options to get your blood pumping, burn some calories and give you energy for the rest of the day.
If you just can’t get away, here are a few stretches you can do right at your desk:
Lower stretch. While sitting, slowly lean forward. Lower your upper body between your knees. Hold for a few seconds, then sit up and relax.
Leg lifts. Grasp the shin of one leg and pull slowly toward your chest. Hold for 5 seconds. Then do the other leg. Repeat several times.
Shoulder roll. Roll your shoulders forward 5 times using a wide circular motion. Then roll your shoulders backward. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Please Note: Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.