In addition to having little to no time for getting to a gym, our society is becoming more sedentary. With most of us sitting behind computers or desks for the majority of the day, it’s no surprise that statistics, like those from careerbuilder.com, show that 49 percent of office workers have gained weight at their current jobs - with 28 percent of this group having gained more than 10 pounds.
If you or your spouse are struggling to move and fit in some fitness throughout your day, here is a simple solution:
Set a goal to exercise everyday, but for only 10 minutes. You can fit 10 minutes into your day much easier than an hour plus trip to the gym. You can even work your 10 minutes into your day at work! Consider these 7 creative ways to make office exercise part of your daily routine. You can work your 9 to 5 without gaining 10 using these simple tricks.
Park further away from the front door. Walking is a great exercise to begin with when trying to get back in shape and lose weight. Make it an exercise to fit into your daily routine by parking your car further away from the office or building door.
Try using the stairs instead of the elevator. Pretend the elevator in your building at work is broken and start using the stairs instead. Climbing stairs is very good exercise. Walking up steps will also help you keep the weight off for a longer period of time because it builds muscle, while keeping your heart at a fat-burning rate.
Bring your Iso-Towel with you. The beauty of the Iso-Towel is that you can bring it with you and use it anywhere. Do some isometric exercises with your Focus28 Iso-Towel right at your desk - just a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the afternoon and you'll be burning fat all day.
Exercise on your lunch break: Step outside during your lunch break, do a quick yoga or cardio workout to boost your energy and mood in the afternoon and burn off some extra calories.
Fidget to fight calories. Did you know that foot tapping, leg shaking, hair twirling, and moving in your seat can help you effortlessly burn calories? Did you know just standing burns up to 20 calories an hour? Even tapping your toes can burn up to 9 calories an hour. You can even chew 6 pieces of gum and burn 11 calories an hour.
Walk on your lunch break. Of course, walking burns calories while you are walking, but it also kicks up your metabolism so that you burn more calories for up to 12 hours after you walk as little as two miles. Walking daily means you get the added benefit of a higher metabolism every day. So take 5 or 10 minutes and walk around the block or the office.
Get competitive. Office-wide wellness challenges tend to encourage people to participate and stay motivated. Introduce a logging system to track employee’s physical activity levels. A little healthy competition can be just the thing to help you ditch your old habits, and even if you don't win, you'll feel good knowing you're getting more physical activity and staying healthy.
There you have it, 7 easy ways to burn a few extra calories without going to the gym. With busy lifestyles these simple tricks are sure to help you drop the pounds during your workday. What ideas and tricks do you have to burn extra calories at work?