We’re each aware of the benefits of having a great exercise and fitness regime, although busy schedules can sometimes prevent us from maintaining this regime. Recent studies show that people experience immediate cognitive benefits after a single bout of moderate exercise. It has also been shown that working out during the day could be more beneficial than trying to squeeze it a pre or post workday exercise session. So how do you allow for fitness during a busy workday? We have prepared 6 ways to do just this:
Join a Gym near your Workplace
By joining a gym near your workplace, this will allow you to fit in a workout or fitness class at lunch. Some people find a lunch break workout highly beneficial, allowing a mental break from work stress while increasing productivity and energy when returning to work.
Bike or Walk to Work
If this is a possibility then making this lifestyle change, from driving to walking or biking to work is a huge health benefit. Both options provide a cardio workout that will raise your heart rate, breathing and temperature while helping reduce the chances of developing obesity-related conditions that can arise from a sedentary work life
Start an Office Fitness Challenge
It is always easier to maintain an exercise regime with a support network. Encouraging some of your co-workers to take up a fitness challenge ensures more support throughout the workday with both your fitness and diet.
Sitting at a desk or working on a computer, over time can lead to strain on the spine leading to backache
If you spend most of your day sitting at a desk or working on a computer, over time this can lead to strain on the spine leading to backache. Research has shown that periodic workplace stretching may reduce back pain by up to 72%. Ensure that you are leaving your desk at least once every hour to combat this possible back strain.
Regular movement is key to improved health and fitness throughout the day. We have gotten into the habit of sending a message or email to work colleagues in the same building. Instead of emailing or messaging them, if you get up and walk to even a small portion of your co-worker’s desks or offices for a face to face chat throughout the day, this will increase your step count for the better.
Park away from the office
If walking or biking to work is not a viable option, then parking further away from work is a great alternative. This in combination with taking the stairs in your building or walking to meet colleagues for face to face conversations as opposed to emails / messages will significantly increase your daily activity levels throughout the workday.