Posted on March 14, 2017
I work the typical 8-5 Monday through Friday desk job where I am constantly sitting down for long periods of time and I constantly have my eyes glued to a computer screen. My daily challenge is taking as many steps as possible in a day. Cue in my Fitbit Charge 2 which I love and use to track the amount of steps I take daily. I aim to get around 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. I also love that my Fitbit sends me reminders to take a stroll when I am sitting too long. (This is not an advertisement for Fitbit by the way, but I would love to collaborate with them some day in the future :-))
Other than using a Fitbit or some other type of physical activity tracker here are my top tips to keep moving throughout the day to become a healthier more fit you:
Walk As Much As Possible
If you are going somewhere a couple of miles away. Walk there. Park your car as far as possible from your workplace or wherever your destination is (of course make sure you aren’t in a time crunch.)
I park in a parking garage across the street from my place of employment not only is it cheaper than the garage attached to my workplace but I also get more fresh air when walking to work which can boost my energy levels.
Take The Stairs
If your destination is a few floors away, take the stairs. This helps strengthen your lungs and build up your stamina so you are not so out of breath when walking longer distances.
Take a Walking Break
Use your lunch break as an opportunity to take a walking break for 15, 30, or even 60 minutes. I’ve been doing this a lot lately since I often bring my lunch from home and eat it at my desk. This again allows you to get fresh air, relieve some stress, boost your mood, and refreshes your mind so you are able to refocus on your work with a fresh perspective.
Take Mini Workout Breaks
I do 200 squats per day Monday through Friday. I know what you are thinking, this sounds absurd but hear me out. You can do this in small sets. Everytime I get up at work to use the restroom I do 30-50 squats in the bathroom stall and keep a mental tally of it. I also do stretches and take the long route back to my desk. My goal is to get my blood circulating and keep moving. Think the more you move the more you will lose (in pounds that is.)
Drink More Water
I drink approximately 1 gallon of water per day which naturally forces me to get up and use the restroom more, therefore I add to the amount of steps I take per day
Don’t Email Your Coworkers
If you are sending a quick message to your coworker, instead of sending an email, put your legs to work walk over there and deliver the message the good old fashion way. Word of mouth. You will be standing and more than likely you needed that break from staring at your computer screen for so long.
Don’t forget to create a workout plan of 3 days per week for 30 min to an hour at minimum per session. I personally run 3-3.5 miles 2 days per week and take a workout class once per week. I love doing zumba, kickboxing, and dance classes. But don’t just focus on those, there are sooo many other classes out there I am confident you can find at least one you will enjoy. Working out at the gym is also a great option.
I might be adding an additional workout day at home since summer is right around the corner :-). At home I create workout routines based on what I hope to accomplish. Google will be your best friend in this case.
Make Healthy Eating Choices
Most of us struggle with this one the most. Especially when your coworkers are constantly suggesting going out to eat, bringing in sweets and other goodies, and you don’t plan properly. I keep healthy snacks at my desk such as nuts, fresh fruits, dried fruits, dried chickpeas, and whatever other healthy snacks I can get my hands on this way I am prepared to handle when hunger or a craving strikes. There are a myriad of lifestyles choices out there which can help you get the results you desire so do your research to figure out what works best for you.
These suggestions are all from my personal opinion and based on research I’ve done in the past.
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Peace and love,