In our last post, we told you about some ways you can introduce exercise into your daily commute for when you just can’t get to Inspire Fitness. But what about when you’re actually sat at your desk? There is still a range of things you can do to work out while you work.
Abandon Inter-Office Emails
When you need to tell a colleague something in today’s world, it’s all too easy to shoot an email off to them and wait for a response, with just a few clicks of your mouse and taps on your keyboard. But it can be better for your health, and much quicker, to get up and walk over to them. Why not try testing yourself by walking as fast as possible without breaking into a run–this little self-set challenge can be surprisingly fun.
Do Some Under the Desk Aerobics
Try this exercise for a double whammy of results for your abs and legs. Whilst sat up straight at your desk, hold your ab muscles tightly and extend one leg until it’s at hip height. Hold this position for 10-15 seconds and then slowly lower your leg to the ground. Do the same with the other leg and then repeat as desired. You’ll be kicking up a sweat in no time, with your colleagues none the wiser.
Try a Chair Squat or Two
If you have your own cubicle or office, or if you are particularly brave, you can try doing a few chair squats over the course of the day. Start standing up straight in front of your chair, then lower yourself until you are almost sitting down, supporting your own weight. Hold this position for 10-15 seconds before lifting yourself back up to standing again. These can get quite challenging, so try not to overdo it, but they can be a compact little workout for when you pop to the restroom or to lunch.
Water, Water, Water
Water is the miracle liquid. Try to drink as much as possible over the course of the day, perhaps getting a refill every time you get up for the loo. If you really don’t like the taste, add a splash of cordial! Staying hydrated can aid your weight loss and make you feel fresher (plus more trips to the toilet will burn more calories than usual!)