It’s easy, kind of.
Sitting at a desk all day can make it seem impossible to lose weight or be fit (for anyone who has an interest in doing so). It probably isn’t feasible to take a little jog around the office, but there are small changes you can make to your work day which could really increase your calorie burn and improve your health.
Here are 8 changes you could make tomorrow…
Take a brisk walk at lunch
Going for a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk on your lunch break has found to burn an extra 500 calories a week, according to Holland and Barretts May 2017 magazine. That’s an extra 2,000 calories a month, and an extra 26,000 calories a YEAR.
Move the bin…
Move the bin that is sat right beside your desk somewhere far, far away.
Well, maybe just to the other side of the office…
Having to walk to the bin to discard your rubbish will encourage you to get up and walk about a little more. Stretch your legs, and even give your eyes a rest from the screen.
Introduce ‘email-free’ Fridays
A great way to get up and away from your desk. Rather than sending emails to people who are sat just steps away, actually get up and walk to their desk to ask them that question.
Find a work workout buddy
Find someone else at work who wants to get a little fitter and healthier (or whatever your goal may be), you’ll then be able to encourage each other to “pop” to the gym after work for an hour. Or arrange to meet at the gym for an hour or so before work, or even get a quick workout in on your lunch break!
Drink more water
This point could also be headed as ‘use a smaller glass’. Drinking more water, or using a smaller glass will force you to get up more to fill up your glass; resulting in more walking…
Take the stairs
Avoid the lift and take the stairs instead. According to StepJockey, stair climbing burns about 7 times more calories than taking a lift. In addition to this, stair climbing is also classed as a ‘vigorous exercise’ and actually burns more calories per minute than jogging!
Walk every hour
Set an alarm on your computer for every hour. When the alarm goes off, get up and take a walk around the office for a couple of minutes – this could burn an extra 10 calories an hour. That is an extra 80 calories in an 8 hour work day and an extra 400 calories in a work week.
Walk and talk
When you have a telephone meeting rather than sitting at your desk, walk around.
There you have it, 8 small changes that could make a massive difference. Why not try giving one or two of them a go tomorrow?