By Lianne Palazzolo
Public Relations Assistant
A good portion of people in the United States work a desk job, no matter what industry. Of those of you who are among that group, you know desk jobs can take a toll on you because of the light activity performed during the eight hours, or more, of work. You sit all day long on the computer and the phone with a few walks to the printer, bathroom or kitchen and by the time you get home you are just too drained to part take in a calorie-burning activity. There are a variety of steps you can take to ensure that you don’t make the number on the scale rise just because of your job. Follow these simple steps and you will feel better at the end of the day, even more energized.
1. The most common recommendation, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Think of how many times you take the elevator every day, and then bypass that pure laziness by taking the stairs instead. You might not think that it is a huge calorie-burner but if you vow never to take the elevator again, that is a lot of steps to be walked and over time, a lot of calories burned.
2. Use your lunch break for physical activity. Even put a small group together so you can motivate one another. Bring a pair of sneakers and some workout clothes and go for a long walk. Also see if there is a gym close by that offers classes during lunch time. An hour is plenty of time to get in some exercise. You don’t have to forfeit your meal while doing this either. Pack a light lunch and eat at your desk when you get back to the office.
3. Bring a pair of light dumbbells and try doing some biceps curls, triceps extensions, shoulder presses, etc. while sitting at your desk. Designate 5 to 10 minutes, three times a day to light lifting.
4. If you’re really motivated, wake up a half hour to forty-five minutes early and pop in an exercise DVD before work. Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 is a great workout regime broken up into four workouts, thirty minutes each. If you do not do well with a tough work-out, try a yoga or Pilates DVD. Exercising before a long day of work will give you more energy and make you feel better about yourself. It is worth losing a little sleep over!