So you’ve noticed that your pants feel a little tighter than they used to; or that you don’t have as much energy as you thought you did…
That may be because your job involves sitting in a chair for most of the day; a sedentary work schedule should not, however, stop you from sneaking in a little workout throughout the day.
Here are some helpful tips that I found on CareerBuilder.com:
1. Take the stairs.
According to an AskMen.com article, skipping the elevator and climbing six fights a day for a full year could help you shed up to 18 pounds. Plus, stair climbing is a weight-bearing exercise that strengthens your bones.
2. Get off a stop early. Make your commute a little more active by getting off the train or bus a stop earlier than usual and walking a few extra blocks. Or, if you're close enough, try skipping the bus altogether and just walking to work.
3. Don't just eat on your lunch break. Try eating at your desk and use your lunch hour to sneak in a quick workout, or just spend your break walking. According to WebMD.com, a 154-pound man can burn around 280 calories per hour walking briskly.
4. Join the softball league. Friendly company-sponsored sporting events are a fun way to burn calories and build bonds with your co-workers.
5. Drink more water. Many people eat when they're bored. By keeping a bottle of water handy, you can resist the urge to hit the vending machines, and drinking water makes you feel fuller, so you're less likely to overeat.
6. Bring your own lunch. By bringing your own lunch, you can control your calories and save money.
7. Fidget. Every little bit of motion counts. According to a Mayo Clinic study, just tapping your toes can help you burn 72 calories per eight-hour work day.
If you try some (or all) of these fun little things â€“ you’ll be buying a new [tighter] belt and skipping around the office with your energy level at max, in no time.