It shouldn’t be news to anyone that regular workout is beneficial to your overall health. Most people engage in some sporting activity in their free time, as it also helps releasing all the tension accumulated at work and maintaining a healthy balance. The benefits are obvious – a regular workout helps strengthen your immune system, protects your circulatory system, helps your concentration and boosts wellbeing, works wonders for your self-esteem and helps you keep your weight in check. Because you can basically never have too much of a good thing, here are a few pointers on how to bring more movement into your job routine and enjoy all the benefits of an active lifestyle.
1. Dont take a seat in public transport. You can do this already on your way to the office, but of course also on your way back home – for you are sitting long enough during office hours, aren’t you? So, why not enjoy your commute standing? Not only will you be doing something good for your own health, but there definitely are others who objectively need the seat more than you do. They will surely appreciate your nice gesture.
2. Get off public transport one station earlier or park your car further away from your destination. Just as efficient and easy to combine with the first advice, getting off the metro or bus one station earlier or parking a few streets away from the office helps you integrating some walking into your day, which in turn helps you clear your head and, while you are at it, also effortlessly burns a few calories.
3. Take your bike to work. If your commute doesn’t take much more than an hour and the weather is fine, there’s really no reason for not leaving your car in the garage and taking your bike. Taking into account all the lost time in the chaotic rush hour traffic, driving to work or home really doesn’t offer you any time saving benefits. What it will offer you, on the other hand, is stress and possibly road rage, even before your workday has started. Why not enjoy the air and some sunshine instead?
4. Change your sitting position frequently and don‘t forget to take regular breaks. Even when you are swamped with work, never forget to change your sitting position every 20-25 minutes at the latest. And bring some physical activity into your workday: you can, for example, position your water bottle and the garbage bin in such a way that using either will require you to stand up and take a few steps. Don’t take your phone calls sitting, stand up and walk around during those anytime it‘s possible. And, while you already left your desk, do a few easy stretching exercises.
5. Take the stairs. The easiest way to be more active – forget about elevators! Stairclimbing is one of the most effective exercises for strengthening the muscles in your buttocks and thighs.