Working in an office means you’re sitting down for most of the day, however, there are a lot of small things you can do burn additional calories and stay active. Let’s look at some easy changes you can make that pay off big in the long run.
Park Farther Away
Instead of looking for the closest parking spot available, park your car toward the end of the parking lot. This forces you to walk longer to get to the office, and you have to walk further to get back to your car.
Take More Trips to the Water Cooler
Your boss may not like this tip, but your waistline will. If your office has a water cooler, fill a cup of water every 45-60 minutes and take it to your desk. You’re staying hydrated and the short walk burns some calories.
Walk to Lunch
If there are restaurants within walking distance of your office, don’t get in the car and drive there. Take the opportunity to burn some easy calories by walking. Exercising also helps boost your metabolism, so your body will burn off the calories from your lunch more efficiently.
Skip the Elevator
Don’t take the easy way out and use the elevator. Climbing stairs actually burns a fair amount of calories, and it helps tone your calves and legs.
Pack Your Lunch
Going out to eat lunch is convenient, but restaurant meals often contain large amounts of calories, as patrons want to feel full or else they don’t believe they got their money’s worth. Packing your own lunch lets you control exactly how many calories you’re eating and it saves money.
Get a Stress Ball
Not only does a stress ball come in handy when you’re swamped with work, but it helps strengthen your wrists and forearms and burns calories.
Stretch Every Now and Then
It’s not too healthy to sit in the same position for long periods of time. Take a short break every hour or so and do some light stretching. Not only is this good for your body, but it gets your blood flowing better, which can help you think more clearly.
Change the Way You Sit
If it’s possible for you to use a stability ball, go for it. A stability ball requires you to stabilize your abs and body, and this burns more calories than sitting in a regular office chair. Plus, you can gently bounce on the ball or roll back and forth to keep active.
Daniel Palmier is a leading Boston CEO, Real Estate Investment Manager, and Founder of UC Funds.