8 ways to keep fit at the office

Posted: Friday, 15 January 2010

Categories: Exercise, Fitness, Personal Training

1) Stay Hydrated- Our bodies our about 60% water and so drinking 2-3 Litres of water a day will keep you feeling healthy and keep you ready for exercise. Read the Water-Drink It! Blog for more info.

2) Take the stairs- Taking the stairs instead of the lift will help burn off calories and improve fitness levels. Walking up stairs burns around 150 calories in just 15 minutes (depending on weight of the individual of course).

3) Keep your lunchtimes healthy- Whether your lunch is home made or bought, try to opt for the healthy option. Try to eat more whole grain foods, like wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta and stay away from white bread. A piece of fruit with lunch is a great way to keep energy levels up and to help achieve that 5 a day.

4) Don’t Diet- Diets are generally seen as short term fixes, and therefore as soon as you stop dieting the weight will return. Try eating a balanced diet instead and reward yourself occasionally with a treat. Try to eat different foods so your body receives a range of nutrients.

5) Use a Pedometer- Keep track of how many steps you take during the day. Aim for 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day. 10,000 steps a day is around 300-400 calories

6) Use your surroundings- When everyone is out for lunch, do a few Triceps Dips on the office chair, about 3 sets of 15-20 is great, and the desk is a handy height for some push ups too.

7) Good Posture- Slouching is very common, especially if we’re glued to our chair for a long period of time. Get into the habit of every 30 minutes or so correct your posture- your bum should be against the back of the chair, back straight, and feet flat on the floor.

8) Personal Trainer- Get a Personal Trainer to come to your place of work for a great workout. A qualified trainer will give you tailored exercises to your specific aims and goals.

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