Busy work days, family activities, the occasional night out with friends – even if you can’t make it to the gym 5 days a week, you can still benefit from proven strategies to improve your mood, health, energy, metabolism, and overall fitness while you work!
Following are four easy ways to stay fit at work and make a positive impact on our health, even when we can’t set aside time for an hour-long workout:
Take “Burst Breaks”
These “micro moves” are done for 1-3 minutes, at or near a desk. Just 10 body weight squats, for example, can improve health and fitness. Simply stand up, sit down, and repeat 10 times. Eight hours equals 80 squats!
Mom always told you to sit still, right? Sorry, Mom. Studies show that people who move just a little bit throughout the day, by fidgeting or getting up from their desks, significantly improve their health and metabolism. So, instead of emailing or texting a colleague, walk to their office for a face-to-face chat.
Schedule the Stairs
Whether you skip up one flight or trek up eight, taking the stairs instead of the elevator revs up metabolism, enhances muscle, tendon, and ligament strength, burns calories, and increases energy.
Eat Real Foods Frequently
Lean protein and colorful fruits and veggies can maximize metabolism, increase energy, enhance mood, help maintain healthy blood sugar, and boost performance and productivity.