Like many of you, I have a job that requires me to sit down for the majority of the day. Burning calories at work seems almost impossible. When you finally have the chance to get up and move around, it’s probably to get something to eat. This could be extremely hazardous to your health. Sitting for long periods of time is associated with a number of health problems.
Fortunately, there are ways to get up and get moving at work. There are little things you can do throughout the day that will make a big difference. Just something so subtle such as shifting around in your chair counts!
Below are some tips and tricks on how to burn extra calories throughout your workday.
1. Drink more water
Don’t stop drinking water! Think about it… the more water you drink, the more times you have to get up and go to the bathroom. Therefore, burning more calories because you are constantly getting up and sitting back down!
2. Change positions
I know, we get comfortable in one position and before we know it 3 hours has passed and we haven’t even budged. The key is not to sit in the same position for too long. Try, crossing your legs, uncrossing your legs, tilting your body one way, and then the next.
3. Take the stairs
Always take the stairs! Start your morning with a trip up the stairs instead of the elevator, and end your day the same exact way!
4. Take a break after you finish a task
Get up and stretch after you finish each task. Stretch out those tight muscles, you will feel more relaxed and at ease.
5. Add more walking to your commute
Adding more walking to your commute could mean parking further away from your building, or taking an extra walk around the block before coming into work and leaving.
6. Go out for lunch
Now, this doesn’t mean go out somewhere and buy lunch every day of the week. It simply means, instead of sitting at your desk and eating, get up and get out! Bring your lunch from home, leave the office and go somewhere else to eat it.
7. Fidget around
Even something so little as tapping your feet and playing with your hair can help burn more calories throughout the day.
8. Look for opportunities to stand
Rather than sitting down on the phone, stand up! You will burn more calories during the day if you stand instead of sit.
9. Keep fitness equipment at work
Store a pair of light weights in your desk. Get in a quick workout in between tasks or on your break.
10. Walk faster
Considering you don’t have the chance to get up and move that often, when you do… make it count! The faster you walk the more calories you burn.