Post # 1
As the thread title says, if you are a full-time office worker and in shape, how do you stay fit? Not only do I find it difficult to work out after work due to a heavy/long commute, I feel that my work-out efforts are derailed since I spend so much time sitting at work. :/ The depressing articles that pretty much say you are screwed health-wise for having a sitting/office job don’t help much either (I didn’t realize having to work for a living would destroy my health, but here we are…).
So going back, bees who stay in shape despite having sitting jobs, how do you do it? What are your tricks/tactics? Spill!
Post # 2
MrsNewDay: I have a long commute, also. I make time to workout in the morning before work. That means waking up at 4:30 am. Because I definitely never have energy to workout after work. I am always active on the weekends as well- hiking, playing volleyball, etc.
You gotta do what you gotta do!
Post # 3
MrsNewDay: I also make sure I get up for a walk through the building at least 4 times per day.
Post # 4
MrsNewDay: I run to and from work, I don’t know if its an option for you but its the only way I can get my workout in. When I get home, I start dinner and try to do a bit more (usually 30 mins of yoga, pilates, or weights).
I also try to get out on my lunch break for a walk or do an exercise class. I take the stairs whenever possible, park further away than I need to, and do a series of floor workouts when I wake up in the morning, about 10- 15 minutes (pushups, jumping jacks, squats, lunges, planks, skipping). I also workout religiously on the weekend, doing a run both days and trying to get a class in too to make up for sitting all week.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
– I walk during lunchtime and after dinner.
– While at the office, use the stairs instead of the elevator to change floors
– Instead of phone calling someone, I walk to his/her desk
DH and I have a long commute too, so we normally eat right after we leave the office (we are into homemade wraps these days), go for a long stroll (with power walk intervals), and then hop into a train and head home. We also have a membership at a gym by the office mostly for bad weather days.
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
MrsNewDay: It is easier for me, so I am not sure that I can be much help. I am an office worker but I work from home. I get the kids up in the morning and once they are off at school I do yoga. Then I shower and work for 6 hours, except 2 days a week when I have my cousin’s kids for a couple of hours in the afternoon, then I only work 4 hours. Then time for the kids to come home, I may go outside and jump on the trampoline or just play around in the yard with them. Then dinner and baths and bedtime. Then I try to get a jog in, and work a few more hours before showering and going to bed.
Post # 7
MichiganGirl24: We could be the same person. 50 min drive one way to work. I’m up at 4:30 to go to the gym, leave the gym by 6 to get to work by 7.
I go on jogs with the dog when it is nice out, hiking most weekends. I play in a volleyball league on Monday nights.
I also try to walk at lunch if the weather isn’t terrible. Just to get my butt out of the chair.
Post # 8
I don’t like getting up early. So, I get home from work… Down a cup of coffee and head to the gym. Sometimes I also bring my workout clothes to work and change before I even leave. After a few months it will get to be so routine that you will budget it into your day the same way that you do a shower or brushing your teeth.
Post # 9
MrsNewDay: i just do it, and i don’t make excuses. a long commute is no reason not to work out – get a gym membership near work, or bring your gym stuff to work and go straight there before you go home after work, or go before work. there are lots of options.
i work 40 hours a week and i rock climb about 10-12 hours per week, do an hour of yoga and an hour of cardio. i’m probably in the best shape i’ve ever been in.
Post # 10
I got a fitbit and wear it 24/7. It has motivated me to walk for 30 min during my lunch break, and use the restroom the furthest away from my office. The little things like that really add up. In addition, I get 45 min of cardio 5 to 6 days a week (at night) and occasionally do some workouts with weights we have at home. I don’t go to the gym…I either use videos or run in the trails in our subdivision. Honestly, most nights I could make up any excuse in the world not to work out, but I’m getting older and I only get one body, so I just do it.
Post # 11
I workout for about an hour every day and usually about 2 hours on Saturdays. I’m fairly active on the weekends, but I am a writer so I am sitting on my bum all day during the week. That said, I get up a lot. I drink a lot of water, so I go to the bathroom all the time, and I just get up and do things a lot (I work from home, so that’s easier). You just do what you can do!
Post # 12
Is there any chance that your employer would spring for a standing desk? Or (I know this looks silly) you could swap out your desk chair for an exercise ball. It helps to keep muscles engaged, improves posture, and keeps you in more of a fidgety state than sitting. Just a small change but requires no extra time/energy!
Post # 13
I would flake on working out after school a lot if it weren’t for a friend that forces me to go to Zumba and Yoga with her on Mondays and Thursdays. Other than that, I make sure to take breaks and go for walks throughout the day.
I think you’ll enjoy this article by PopSugar addressing your concerns! http://www.fitsugar.com/Healthy-Office-Tips-24525349#opening-slide
Post # 14
I have a treadmill desk! It’s actually easier than it seems and it’s not too expensive. My Rebel Desk treadmill desk is really good looking too, and everyone is obsessed with how it is so quiet and how easy it is to work on!
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2015 - Alexander Homestead
MrsNewDay: I love to dance so I take Salsa classes and African dance classes. Only equates to about 3 to sometimes 4 days out of the week but of those days I am really moving and I don’t notice I am as tired on my off days. Plus I try to take the stairs at the office or other buildings if only going up one or two flights. I also try to park my car a bit farther from the front at different shopping centers. Just adding in those extra steps in a day makes a world of difference believe it or not!