It can be difficult to stay active at the best of times. On a list of “things I like to do,” working out comes somewhere near the bottom for most people. And when you add a busy work-schedule and a family or social life to the mix, keeping your lifestyle active might just be one of the hardest things for any person to do. Most of us do not have jobs that allow for regular movement, let alone proper exercise, and when you come home after a long day, usually the last thing that you want to do is work out. So when you want to keep healthy, but simply don’t have the time, you have to find clever ways to stay active in the workplace. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
The people who design office equipment have come up with one simple solution to this sort of problem, which is to stand while you work. Sitting at a desk all day has a lot of negative health implications that extend beyond a lack of exercise. Of course the restricted movement is a bad thing, but it can also affect your posture, give you back problems, carpal tunnel, and a number of other ailments. A desk that allows you to stand as you work would help to alleviate or even prevent a lot of these issues.
Some office supply companies have taken it one step further and invented a desk that allows you to walk as you use it. A treadmill desk is exactly what it sounds like, and although it would probably be quite difficult to sprint while trying to type, a casual walk for an hour or so could really transform your fitness.
Walk When You Can
Driving a car to work everyday is most people’s default option, but it doesn’t allow for much exercise. Are you able to walk to work? Is there a bus or train station near you that you can walk to, and get public transport the rest of the way? Even if you cannot do either of these things, perhaps try parking further away than you normally do for work everyday. Many of these things will save the environment and save you money at the same time.
Exercise at Lunch
Most people get an hour for lunch on a regular day. That gives you easily enough time to go for a quick jog, shower or rinse, and finish in time to go back to work. If jogging is not your thing, perhaps visit a nearby gym or find something else that you like to do.
Your exercise doesn’t have to be limited to lunch breaks. Take regular breaks during the day, and go for a five or ten minute walk around the building. This will not only help you to stay physically healthy, but it will help to clear your head and keep you mentally fresh.
One of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to eat well. This will help increase your energy levels and feel good, even when you don’t have time to exercise in the traditional sense. And as with everything else on this list, it might help you to live longer too!
Sandie Johnson is a Nu Skin Enterprises distributor and a member of the Force for Good Foundation, which is a charitable organization that improves the lives of children around the world. She enjoys her many roles as a business woman, and health advocate.