How to Stay Fit While You’re Working Full-Time

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Just because you made it out of college without gaining the “Freshman 15” does not necessarily mean your weight problems are over.

Unfortunately, sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a day is not ideal for someone who is trying to lose weight or keep weight off. However, just because you work full time, it does not mean you are doomed for a sedentary lifestyle.

Luckily, there are tips and tricks you can use to help you reach your ideal weight and fitness level.

Staying Fit at Home

When you get home from a long day at work, you most likely want to eat dinner, relax, and go to bed. Working out is probably last on your list of ideal things to do. However, exercising is vital in staying healthy and losing weight. Many full-time workers have used some of the following tips to get their exercise time in:

• Ride a sedentary bike while you watch your favorite television show.
• Do jumping jacks or run in place during commercials.
• Pack your gym bag so you go straight to the gym from work.
• Get up a little earlier to work out in the morning.
• Ride your bike or walk to work.
• Record workouts on TV so you can do them at home, or rent workout DVDs from the public library.
• Walk around the block after dinner.
• Be disciplined. Write down a specific goal and deadline. This will help motivate you to get up and move!

Staying Fit at Work

There are also many things that you can do while you are actually at work that can aide you in your desire to reach a specific weight.

Eat Breakfast. There is a reason that breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Eating when you wake up in the morning will help stabilize your blood sugar. This will help prevent cravings and possibly overeating later on in the day.

Eat Healthy. During the lunch hour, many of your coworkers will probably order lunch. Frequently eating take out will surely have negative effects on your health. This does not mean that you will always have to turn down lunch outings; however, it is important to be mindful of unhealthy foods. It is also smart to avoid the vending machines at your work place. In addition to providing negative effects on your health, frequently eating out and using the vending machines will also have negative effects on your bank account.

Take Advantage of the Fridge. Lots of healthy snacks, such as string-cheese and low-fat yogurt, need to be refrigerated. Healthy lunches, such as a salad or a turkey sandwich on a whole-wheat pita, also need to be refrigerated. Pack healthy snacks so you are not tempted to visit the vending machines.

Move Around. Every little bit of movement counts, no matter how little it may seem. Instead of using email or instant messaging to get in touch with co-workers, get up and walk to them. If you print out documents, walk briskly to pick them up instead of casually strolling. Take a walk on your lunch breaks and take the stairs whenever possible. If you are working full-time, you are most likely eligible for breaks throughout the day—take a ten minute walk. Stand up and stretch every couple of hours; you can make it a goal to try and touch your toes. Research online to find work outs and stretches you can do while stationed at your desk.

Make it a Priority

While working full-time definitely has its benefits, it does make it more difficult to get enough exercise throughout the day. However, if you make it a goal and priority to stay healthy, it can be done.

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