When you work a full-time job and have a busy personal life, it can be difficult to find time to exercise. Here are tips to get in shape, even while you’re at work.
I know I’m not the only one who has difficulty trying to include exercise in a busy career and personal life, so I gathered some friends together for a coffee chat, and we brainstormed ways we could all work more exercise into our lives. Here’s what we came up with:
Park farther away. Forget circling the parking lot for a space up front. Purposely park farther away and use the time to enjoy the outdoors on your walk to and from work.
Take the stairs. Skip the elevator and use the stairs instead. As one friend said, “I’ll climb up the stairs, walk across the building and back down the stairs on the other side, just to go to a meeting on the same floor I’m on. It gives me a few extra minutes of exercise and allows me to clear my mind before heading into my next meeting.”
Exercise or stretch while on conference calls. A friend who used to live in Europe suggested this tip: “Whenever I’m on a conference call and no one can see me, I do a few exercises by my desk such as leg lifts, arm stretches, squats, etc. Just don’t forget to put your phone on mute, so no one will hear any heavy breathing on the line.”
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Go for a walk during lunch. Before eating lunch, go for a walk. Walk alone to clear your thoughts and relax, or invite a co-worker for some discussion while you walk. One friend added, “I always drink a glass of water before I go for my lunchtime walk. It not only keeps me hydrated, it also seems to lower my appetite because I’m never as hungry after my walk.”
While it’s important to be productive at our jobs each day, it’s also imperative to take care of our health through eating right and exercising. This doesn’t always happen, and exercising tends to get shoved to the back burner.
Unfortunately, the results of this can be seen in the latest statistics. Over the last several decades, the growth in overweight and obesity rates has become a major public health concern. In the U.S., 69 percent of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. In the European Union, 52 percent of the adult population is considered overweight or obese.
Summer is a great time to fit more exercise into our lives, even while we’re at work — so let’s all get ourselves moving.