Fitness In The Workplace

Fitness at Work

Office jobs can have many great benefits, including normalised hours, a great social network and more. However there are also many downsides to working in an office and one of the biggest is the lack of fitness. It’s hard to exercise when you are sat at a desk for hours on end, which can lead to weight gain but it can also result in pain due to a lack of mobility.

In fact, having a desk job can wreak havoc on your body and lead to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and more. Studies have been performed that have shown that large amounts of time sitting can result in a 147% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events and a 112% increase in the risk of diabetes.

The problem many office workers have though is that there is nothing they can do to prevent sitting for long periods of time. A welcome sight in some offices now is sit-stand desks that allow you to stand for periods of time, allowing you to reduce the chance of disease as well as simply energising you. Why not take a look at the range of Sit-Stand desks on

But what about those who do not have these desks in their office? Well we’ve got a few handy fitness tips that can be done in an office with minimal effort required.

Take A Short Break

Every hour you work in the office can be broken up by taking a quick break to just walk around and stretch your legs. A good excuse for this break could be going to make a coffee-round for everyone or simply going to the toilet and walking around for a little bit.

Other good ideas for taking a quick walk can be walking over to another colleague’s desk instead of just emailing or calling them, or standing while on the phone. It will help to loosen your muscles and can perhaps reduce any stiffness.

Use Your Lunch Wisely

Lunches are the perfect time to get in some quick exercise at the office. You can use this time to take a quick walk around the area where you work, it will allow you to stretch your muscles and will energise you for the remaining time you have at the office.

Encourage someone to go with you and you can be increasing your social interaction while also engaging in fitness. You could bring some workout clothes with you in case you want to do some serious exercise during your lunch break, so you don’t have to worry about smelly clothes. Also make sure to bring a healthy lunch and drink to keep you fuelled up for the rest of your day as well.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

This may be a no-brainer, but it is incredibly important to remember. By staying hydrated in the office you will be more alert and productive as if you do not drink very often, it can result in being tired both physically and mentally. This can have repercussions as you will be less willing to finish your work, but also less willing to try and increase your fitness.

Keep Up Fitness Outside Work

Perhaps one of the most important tips is to keep up a fitness regime outside of work. It may be incredibly hard for office workers to get the energy to go to the gym after a day of work, but it will have physical benefits for you in the long term as well as mental benefits.

By exercising frequently, you will gain a positive mental outlook as well as gain the benefit of keeping yourself fit and healthy. It will reduce plenty of health related risks and can help to give you a more positive mindset for when you go to work. Your exercise outside work doesn’t have to be the gym, you could take long walks, go swimming, take up a martial art, go horse riding and much more.

How Do You Keep Fit At Work?

Do you have any great tips for keeping fit when you are work? Why not let us know?

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