A lot of people today are finding themselves without any time to work out during the day. Most of the day is filled up with rushing to work, driving kids around and finding whatever they can to eat for dinner. As impossible as it may seem for some people, finding time to exercise and finding ways to eat healthy during the day is actually easier than it sounds.
Exercise during your break at work
Though most people like to relax during break sometimes it’s the only time in the day you’ll have to get some exercise. If that’s the case, use your break to squeeze in a quick workout. Some ideas include: finding a hallway to do some walking lunges, going for a walk outside, or doing jumping jacks outside. The exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous in order for you to burn a decent amount of calories. Keep in mind that any exercise at all during the day, no matter how little, is 100 percent better than no exercise during the day.
Exchange your chair for an exercise ball
Aside from standing all day instead of sitting, an exercise ball is probably the best way to stay healthy at your desk. Studies have shown that sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair is good for staying alert and increasing your core strength. Another benefit to using the exercise ball as a chair is the relief of back pain, especially lower back. On top of the many health benefits, the ball also is just plain fun to sit on. You may find yourself enjoying your work a little bit more as you move around on the ball.
Prepare a healthy breakfast the night before
It’s easy to grab whatever is convenient in the morning when you’re in a hurry. This generally leads to eating unhealthy food items. If you prepare a healthy breakfast the night before, you’ll feel better throughout the day and won’t be as rushed in the morning. One idea a lot of people seem to enjoy is to make smoothies the night before work, then drink them in the car on the way to work the next day.
Bring a granola bar to work for a snack
So many times at work people find themselves filling up on vending machine items like chips or candy bars. Plan ahead each day and bring a granola bar in your pocket or purse. You’ll not only have a healthy alternative to the typical snack foods, but it will be more cost-efficient in the long run.
Walk/jog to lunch when it’s an option
A lot of jobs I have worked at in the past have had food places within walking distance. If this is the case for you, try to walk or jog to the restaurant on your lunch break rather than drive. Not only will this save you a little extra gas, but it will help you stay fit. Your lunch will automatically be less taxing to your body calorie-wise, as you will have burned off plenty on your way. If you don’t wear clothes that would be practical to run in, have an extra pair of clothes along and change in the bathroom at work.
Even if you feel you can only implement one of these tips into your daily schedule, it is still an improvement. There will be days where some of these will not be an option and that is totally fine. Just keep in mind that simply by understanding these possibilities exist you are more likely to succeed with whatever health and fitness goals you may have.