(Closed) Desk job people – How do you maintain/lose weight?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Right now I’m doing a boot camp.  Before I got married, I was working out with a personal trainer twice a week.

Post # 4
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I lift weights 2x a week, play ultimate frisbee 2-3x a week, go for runs, do cardio at the gym, do Insanity (except it kind of broke me).  I’m trying to add more yoga in, in attempts to not break from doing Insanity or other super intense training.  I also try to avoid articles that tell us to be terrified that our desk jobs are killing us – they only make me feel bad about myself.  I feel like sitting down all days makes me just itch to start moving around when I get off of work.

Post # 5
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I work out after work and on the wkends.  Yoga, walking, and bicycling.  Trying to get out as much as possible because the weather is soo nice.

I use myfitnesspal to ensure that I eat healthy and to watch my calories.  I keep healthy snacks @ my desk,(100 calorie snack packs, snacks, and fruit.)  I bring lunch @ least 4x a wk so I get to save $$$$ and eat less than 300 calories. 

Post # 6
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I get up and walk around at intervals.  If someone asks me to walk for coffee with them, I do it, even if I don’t buy anything.  I fidget a lot, too, though I doubt that has much effect!


I definitely don’t eat as much when I’m in the office as when I’m on a business trip, constantly moving.

Post # 7
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I keep a pair of resistance bands just to play with to tone my arms and let of stress while I’m thinking. I also push my chair away and stand a lot, mostly because I get sore in my back and legs when I sit too long.

My FH likes to lift weights, so we got a gym pass that has a guest option, so anytime he goes he tries to con me into going too. 😀  I use the elliptical while he works out, and then he does this one machine that I like with me. I wouldn’t go if he didn’t go too or ask me if I wanted to, so I’m glad we can go together.

Post # 8
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Could you work at a standing desk or a desk that converts back and forth? My husband works in IT and his desk converts between a sitting and standing desk. It’s a big, noticable difference in his level of fitness.

Post # 9
3221 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a 6lb. weight at my desk that I do reps with every hour. It helps keep me hyped and tones my arms 🙂

I also do a kickboxing class three times a week..

Post # 10
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Kingy does this! He paces at work and goes for walks while he eats his lunch when he has the chance, in addition to an hour or 2 of exercise per day. You can also get some little weight to use at your desk! Also, if you’re at a desk all day, you don’t need to consume as many calories, since you aren’t burning as many, so try eating small things throughout the day instead of lunch all at once

Post # 11
7299 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DanielleZara: get up and move any time you can. I take walks on my lunch break. I park far from the door sometimes. I also make myself work out when I get home. Before I do anything else. Well, I come home, get my workout clothes on, start dinner, and then go workout while it’s cooking. I don’t open my laptop or pop a game into the Xbox until I have at least worked out. 

And I have told myself it doesn’t have to be all at once. I can do a quick 12 minute mile in the morning and then do 2 or 3 more miles when I get home. Or I can bike for 15 minutes in the morning, come home for my lunch break and bike another 15, and then do 30 when I get home at night.

I also get up a lot during the day just to stretch.  

Post # 12
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I worked in a doctors clinic as a nurse.  I eventually went to the lab as a lab tech/triage nurse.  Luckily my desk was waist high so I just got rid of my chair and stood for 8 hours of the day.  I’d do leg lifts etc while I was typing at my computer or talking on the phone.

My new job the desks will be lower so I don’t know how I will handle it.  I might just have to get up more.  But the doctor is a surgical doc so for half the day he’ll be in surgeries and I’ll be in the office by myself doing other stuff.  So if I do squats at the desk no one will know lol.

Post # 13
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

At work I spread out my calorie intake, and get up and walk/move whenever possible. I do whatever leg and arm exercises I can at the desk when my muscles start objecting to my being seated for so long.

I have a bit of a walk to the printer, and a longer walk outside to collect documents from a different office in my buiilding complex, so that gets me out of my chair every so often.

Outside of work I used to do cardio, free weights and yoga, but I’ve been a lazy little thing since my gym went bankrupt and I haven’t gotten around to finding somewhere else to work out. Right now I do what exercising I can at home but have mainly been relying on sensible eating, which has been working; I’ve lost 4 pounds since I started counting calories again.

Post # 14
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@DanielleZara: Two years ago I started on a plan to live a healthier life after gaining a ton of weight in college and after. I started by walking daily after or before work (before often works better, less after work scheduling conflicts). I would job and run as much as possible and at first it was hard but then found it becoming easier to go farther and faster.

Now I play volleyball 25 hours a week. While I certainly don’t expect anyone to committ to that much excercise I would recommend that you find something you love to do because you will do it often and for longer periods of time.

Are there any sports or activities that you enjoy? That you look forward to doing? Tennis? Racquetball? Zumba?

Post # 15
3010 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I go to the gym 4-5 times a week.

ETA: I’m constantly up and down/running around the hospital though.  If I do not need to sit at the desk, then I don’t.  I walk around the back and on the floor of my unit.  I’m always offering to get things for others as well.

Post # 16
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve been biking to and from work whenever the weather is decent enough to do so.  It takes 45 minutes by subway/walking, or 1 hour to bike, so I do that and I shower at work.  It’s the only thing that works for me these days because I’m too lazy to go to the gym. 

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