Walk on your break
If you work in a city, walking to pick up a coffee or just going for a stroll on your break is an easy way to get extra steps into your day. This will not only give you a quick workout, but the fresh air will help you clear your mind and get you energized for the second half of your workday.
No fitness clothes or equipment required, just pack comfortable shoes and hit the sidewalk! Whether you’re a marketing executive in San Francisco or a realtor in Indianapolis, this is one workout that anyone can commit to. Bonus points if you’re able to walk to work!
Take the stairs
This one seems obvious, but do any of us ever actually do it? Unless you work on the 50th floor of a building, using the stairs instead of the elevator at work is a quick and easy way to burn a few extra calories.
If your office is on the first floor, take the stairs in the parking garage or in your building. Even if it’s just downhill at first, that’s okay, you’ll get there!
Swap Your Desk Chair for a Yoga Ball
By far the most fun, using a yoga ball instead of a chair is great for your back and keeps your core strengthened while working.
If you’re worried about rolling around too much, balance ball chairs are available, but the yoga ball you have at home will do fine! It may feel a little unnatural at first, but it’ll become a fun addition to your workspace that will keep you entertained while working out your body.
Challenge yourself in between projects to balance yourself on the ball while slowly lifting your legs.
Invest in a Standing Desk
Some companies will even finance this one for you. Standing desks reduce back pain, burn calories, and keep you more energized at work. Standing while working actually burns 50 extra calories per hours!
If your company can’t afford to help you pay for a standing desk, you can stack your laptop on top of boxes or books during your day, or invest in a less expensive one on your own dime.
Splurge on a Fitness Tracker
Fitness tracking wristbands like Fitbit will not only track all those extra steps but will remind you during your day to get up and stretch and walk around. Setting goals with apps or on your own with a simple pedometer will help you keep your eyes on the prize and see the difference in how often you are able to squeeze a little bit of extra fitness into your day.
Start with small goals and work your way up, like increasing your daily steps from 6,000 to 10,000 over the course of the month. Some apps also offer competitive features where you can compete with friends for the most steps walked, so get your coworkers in on the contest for a little extra motivation.