Staying active can be an uphill battle at the best of times, between avoiding the call of the couch at the end of the day or driving the kids to appointments. When you add in a 9am to 5pm office job where you spend most days sitting, and suddenly your spending the majority of your day without moving much at all.
Staying active with an office job isn’t impossible, but it does take a lot more planning and organization. The best strategy is to find ways to sneak in activity throughout the day…
1. Find an Active Commute to Work
It might not be realistic for you to walk or bike to work for a variety of reasons. However, could you split up your commute and bike or walk part of the way? If you can leave 15-minutes earlier in the morning, you can open up time for yourself to park further from your workplace and walk or bike the rest of the way.
Another strategy would simply be to arrive to work earlier, park, and take 15-minutes to walk around the block and clear your mind before you start your workday. If walking or biking doesn’t appeal to you, focus on getting more activity at work, but before you get to your desk. For instance, hike up and down the stairs a few times, or play a game where you perform 5 squats, lunges, jumping jacks, or wall pushups every 5 steps.