Those of us who are lucky enough to sit behind a desk do not have the luxury of getting our workout in through our work. Often times, long hours and approaching deadlines do not allot us time for exercising outside of work, but believe it or not, the office still provides opportunities to improve our health. I am by no means perfect, but I wanted to share a few tricks that I have found helpful:
- Snack often. Yes, that may sound crazy, but eating small healthful snacks several times a day, actually speeds up your metabolism. Try to come prepared, with small portions of almonds, fruits and vegetables to help you avoid all of those tempting, sugary indulgences.
- Take time to exercise throughout the day. You don’t have to go on a full marathon during your lunch break, but by using the stairs, doing some morning lunges, or taking ten minutes out of your day to go on a walk, you can significantly increase your metabolism. Even purposely walking to the printer or copy machine in another area of the office instead of printing something right at your desk is a great way to knock out a few extra walking steps during your day! If you need help coming up with exercise ideas, webmd.com offers simple exercises that can be done right at your desk. In addition to your physical health, these activities will help clear your mind and mentally help you get through your day more efficiently.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your colleagues about your health and fitness. They can provide you with support, keep you accountable, and give you new ideas. Just as in a Vistage group, by having others give you new ideas and hold you accountable, you are more likely to obtain your goals.
As the holiday season approaches, staying healthy becomes more challenging. Now that you’ve read all about being healthy at the office, best of luck with the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie! Happy Turkey Day!