You're going to have to get creative to fit in consistent physical activity if you're stressed for time. But by making even slight changes to your daily routine, you can burn more calories and even improve your cardiovascular fitness and strength.
1. Take the Stairs
Well, this one isn't quite so lazy, but it's simple. If you have to choose between the stairs and the elevator to get to your office, opt for the stairs. Research has shown that climbing a normal public access staircase — without even breaking a sweat — will meet the minimum requirement for getting cardiovascular benefit. Yes, it might take a few extra minutes to reach your office, but your body will thank you.
2. Park Farther Away
Studies have shown that walking 10,000 steps each day has many health benefits — including weight loss — and one great way to add steps to your daily total is by parking your car an extra distance from your workplace.
3. Stand Up
There's plenty of evidence that points to the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods of time. That's scary when you consider how many people have sedentary jobs, and that makes it even more important to stand up and move around whenever possible. Just think about your posture! Even grabbing a cup of coffee in the break room can help break up the sedentary moments.
4. Drink More Water
By now you've undoubtedly heard the virtues of drinking water when it comes to your overall wellness and health. Because we often mistake thirst for hunger, upping your water intake will help keep you feel more full and your hunger at bay. Instead of eating an unhealthy snack, drink water instead. Infuse it with some lemon or mint to make it more interesting.
5. Make Your Meetings Mobile
Why not take your next brainstorming session or meeting with colleagues on the go? So, join together and add to your daily step count while tackling some of those many issues at work.
6. Eat Healthy Snacks
Eating too little during the day can slow down your body's metabolism and cause it to conserve energy by burning less calories. Feed your body with calorie-burning fuel by munching on healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, yogurt and veggies every few hours. You'll prevent your body from getting overly hungry and yourself from overdoing it during meals later in the day.
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