How to Keep Fit in the Workplace – the Easy Way
Most of us groan at the thought of exercising – and, needless to say, many of us find excuses not to do it. We can’t seem to find time to visit the gym or health club, especially if we’re tired at the end of a long day at work. But there’s good news – if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to start being healthier, there are some easy ways to do it even whilst you’re in the workplace. Here’s how to keep fit in the workplace – the easy way.
When we are at work, we tend to ignore our thirst cravings and end up having a soda or two during our breaks. What you can do, though, is this: keep a bottle of water on your desk at all times so you will not forget to drink and hydrate yourself. If you’re hydrated, you’ll feel fuller and won’t be tempted to snack as much. Also, keeping yourself hydrated helps keep you energised, and your mind will be more focused and engaged.
Do some stretching
One of the worst things you can do for your body is to stay seated for more than a few hours. And we do this every single day. If your work requires you to sit down for long periods of time, make it a point to do some stretching every half hour. Just stand up and stretch your arms over your head or bend down and try to reach your toes. Stretching will also do wonders for tension in your back, neck, shoulders, and legs. With some regular stretching, you’ll also feel more energised as your blood flow isn’t obstructed.
If you’re bored at work, you tend to eat more. What you can do is distract yourself – play some bingo games online or walk around and engage in small talk with your colleagues. Do anything to avoid snacking whilst bored.
Get some support
One of the worst things about working in an office is that it’s so easy to give in to temptation. What, somebody has a birthday? It’s time for some birthday cake! What about lunch? Let’s try out that new restaurant at the corner! Snacks abound as well – there’s always someone who has candy or biscuits at their desk and who’s more than willing to pass them around. If you’re constantly faced with temptation at work, why not get some support? Gather a few people who have the same goal as you and form a group. This group can function as a much-needed support system for your health and fitness goals, as you can encourage each other and prevent each other from yielding to temptation. You can even organise an after-work exercise group for those who would like to go to the health club once work is done.
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