Work keeping you from the gym? Here’s how to incorporate fitness into your schedule
Is your daily schedule getting in the way of your fitness goals?
It’s easy to put off a workout and hope to squeeze one in tomorrow, but why wait? It’s never too early to start healthy habits.
So, how can you fit exercise into your hectic schedule? Try working out at work.
Physical activity at work is likely already part of your daily routine, so try be more intentional about burning off those extra calories. In fact, researchers have found that devoting time to physical activity at work can even lead to higher productivity.
“Try taking the stairs rather than the elevators when you can,” says Karen Lawver, a physical therapy assistant at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “These extra steps can add up throughout your day, resulting in additional calories being burned all day long. Walk down the hallway to address an issue rather than sending an email. Take a short walk over your lunch break, or walk home from work if you live nearby.”
Office workouts can vary and include everything from swapping a desk chair for a stability ball to running up and down the stairs on your break. And physical activity isn’t the only healthy habit you can maintain at work.
“Keep a water bottle at your desk to ensure you stay hydrated throughout your day,” says Lawver. “Hunger often disguises itself as thirst, so try drinking water first before reaching for those office snacks.”
About the Author
Adila Esaak is a senior at Loyola University of Chicago. This spring, she will receive her B.S. in Health Systems Management. During her time at Loyola, she worked at the university’s Wellness Center and started a chapter organization for underprivileged children and women in India called Aahana. In her spare time, she enjoys going to arcades, cuddling with her cat and exploring Chicago.