Spring is just around the corner, and as important as health is throughout the year, spring is a great time to focus on getting in shape. Work schedules and personal lives usually don't make working out convenient, but that's really no excuse. Taking care of your health is important, and everyone should make time for it.
To lose weight, it is important to keep two things in mind. Move more and eat less. It's as simple and as complicated as that. Tiger Leasing has put together some simple ideas for getting fit from the office, so you don't have any excuses.
- For those who drive to work, make a commitment to parking a little further away, so you can get more steps in every day. Walk briskly, pump your arms and watch your posture.
- Take the stairs whenever possible. If you work on the fifth floor, take the stairs for a few flights, and take the elevator the rest of the way up if you need to. You can start small, but you will be doing a huge favor to your health by just taking the stairs. Not ready to take the stairs? Do the step motion in other places to get your body in shape. Look for curbs wherever you are, gas stations, parking lots, etc. and take a few steps up and down.
- Move, just move. Fidget, twitch, get restless. Jumping jacks and jogging aren't the only activities that burn calories. Tap your feet while you're sitting at your computer. Stand up while talking on the phone. Take a lap around the office every hour and stretch your legs. The added movement can burn more calories per day than you expect, and that will result in a higher weight loss.
- Get a Swiss ball, also called an exercise ball, to replace your office chair. You will be strengthening your balance and your core muscles. This simple swap allows you to burn more calories without ever leaving your seat!
- Find other people at your office that are as fit- minded as you are. Interact with others that share your healthy goals. From exchanging healthy snack ideas to taking walks together during a break, finding support at work can boost your chances of success.
- Schedule your meals so that you're eating at regular intervals every day. This will keep you from getting that "starving" feeling when you go too long between meals. This technique has also been shown to support a higher metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels. Pack healthy snacks like fruit or nuts to eat throughout the day.
- Count those calories. No more mindless nibbling, pay attention to what you're eating, and how much of it you're eating. Figure out and track your daily nutritional needs with the help of Web sites like NutritionData.com or MyPyramid.gov. Simply being conscious of what you're eating can help you save hundreds of calories, and pounds.
- Drink more water. There have been many reports saying how much water you should drink a day, but in all reality, there is no magic number. Water does a lot more for your body than just quenching your thirst. You'll save calories by choosing water over sugary juices. Water also has the power to cleanse toxins from your vital organs and it helps to carry important nutrients to cells. The health benefits of drinking water are huge, so trade in that vending machine beverage and fill up at the water cooler instead.