January is over, and a popular New Year’s resolution made by us office workers was probably to lose weight or to keep fit whilst still working full time. It’s no secret that many of us fail to keep these resolutions because January typically includes a lot of stress-eating from returning to the office after a holiday of laziness and leftovers.
You may realise your fitness regime is at a stand-still, but the fact is, just because you’re at work all day doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit and healthy. Therefore, use February as a start to make some simple lifestyle and work habit adjustments, such as:
In the digital age, chances are most of us are desk bound at our workstation and get too little movement during the workday. Perhaps try stretching your leg and arm muscles every now and then or even stand at your desk whilst you work. The good thing is you’re increasing your activity levels…and you don’t even have to leave your office chair!
2. Drink water
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste and acts as an appetite suppressant. The average amount to drink is usually 8 glasses a day, so not only will this make you feel refreshed and ready to keep working throughout the day, but it will also help with your fitness regime.
3. Take a walk
It is important that you are not just desk-bound during the day, so get up from your desk and walk around; perhaps to make a drink for fellow colleagues. Also, use your lunch hour to go for a walk outside. You’ll find it increases your mood, refreshes your mind and keeps you fit.
4. Eat wisely
You don’t necessarily have to always eat a salad if you want to keep fit – but neither should you just eat junk from a vending machine every day. Perhaps have a sandwich one day, and maybe then eat soup the day after. Incorporating fruit into the equation would also be beneficial – giving you the energy to keep going during the day.
5. Don't over-do it
There’s only so much you can do during work, so don’t be too strict with yourself otherwise you will be in the mind-set that exercising is a stressful thing leading you to eventually avoiding it.