Finding time to exercise during the day can be difficult, especially if you work long hours, but could it be possible to find a way to exercise on your way to work and during your working day?
You could be missing out on opportunities to keep fit throughout the day. Whether you cycle into work instead of drive, or fit in some exercises while you wait for the train, you can get back on track by forming some healthy habits.
Here are some healthy habits which could help you shed those pounds and feel healthier on your commute to work and in the office.
Use your backpack as a weight
If you take a backpack or carry bag to work for any reason, then this could be a great opportunity to do some exercise. You could simply carry it on your back and include some added weight. You could use anything you want, but books always work well. You could also use it for bicep curls or other light exercises whilst you’re stuck in traffic or waiting for a train. These exercises will help you to tone up.
Cycle to work
Providing your place of work isn’t too far away from where you live, you could consider cycling to work. Studies show that cycling to work instead of driving can lower your risk of diabetes.
Walk further if the opportunity arises
Providing you give yourself enough time, you could burn some extra calories and relieve stress by walking to a different bus or train stop, you could also park further away from your place of work.
Wall squat while you wait
Strengthen your upper leg muscles by standing with your back against the wall. Bend your knees at a 90 degree angle and hold for between 30-60 seconds before standing up again. Hopefully you’ll start to feel the burn!
Take the stairs
You probably have multiple opportunities throughout the day to take the stairs. Even just a few flights per day can help to lower bad cholesterol levels and increase the strength in your muscles.
Seated leg extensions
Being seated at a desk all day can be harmful to your health, so making sure you keep moving throughout the day is important. If you work in an office, slide to the edge of your desk chair and lift one foot off the ground. Straighten your leg out in front of you and hold for 5 seconds. Switch legs and repeat this 15-20 times.
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