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Monday, November 9, 2009

How to exercise while at work

How to exercise while at workFinding time to exercise is difficult for many people who are trying to work and have a family life. There are ways to fit exercise into your daily life at work which helps you to stay fit and helps keep up your energy.

The two most important things you can do everyday is park further away from the door so you add extra steps to and from work. Also, taking the stairs instead of the elevator is an easy way to stay active.

Here are some other options you can do while at work:
-Sit on an exercise ball instead of sitting on a chair. It helps strengthen your abs and back and also helps your posture.
-When you go to the bathroom, go to another floor so you can take the stairs.
-Move around every hour. Set an alarm if you need to, but just moving your arms or legs every hour can make you feel more alert.
-Leave something important in your car such as your lunch so you have to go and get it.
-When you need to give a coworker a message, do it in person if possible, not by email or phone.
-Make sure you are eating a healthy lunch. If you go out for lunch, park far away again.
-Move around while you talk on the phone (get a headset if needed).

Anything you can do to add movement to your day will help. Be as creative as you can to add a few extra steps or move around. Moving around in any way is better than not moving at all.

If you have your own office, you could always keep certain exercise equipment in a drawer (ankle weights, resistance band, and dumbbells). If you work in a more open area such as a cubicle, you can always use water bottles as dumbbells.

All of this will make you more alert and feeling good. Remember to be creative and this way, you don't have to schedule time in your day for a major work out!

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