*By Tasha G-W
Hey, workaholic! If you work 24/7; show up early, leave late, and when you’re away from the office still respond to emails, brainstorm ideas and schedule more work for the weeks ahead, then I am talking to you. It’s hard for workaholics to turn it all off and shift focus to things that don’t make them money – like the gym. Finding time to jump on the treadmill can pose a challenge when you are busy climbing the corporate ladder. But all those late nights at the office can lead to calorie-packed takeout dinners and active wear that never make it out the house. This will eventually start showing on your waistline.
The problem for most workaholics is that majority of their day is taken up with being committed to getting the job done. However, there is still hope for you. If you're a workaholic, there are some easy things you can do to make yourself healthier, inside and out. The best part is that you don’t even have to leave the office to exercise!
The biggest issue for the everyday working person is that there is little to no time to get fit when you have to sit at a desk all day to do your job. This is where standing desks are great. Even though you may constantly need to type on your laptop or take multiple phone calls, you don’t have to be seated to do it.
Standing desks have become a huge trend in the workplace because they are a healthier option for the everyday professional. Choosing a standing desk allows you to get your everyday tasks accomplished while giving you the chance to stretch out, move around easier and give your body a break from the unhealthy constant sitting.
Some professionals put a treadmill under their standing desk to be able to walk very slowly while working. If you do not have that option available to you, then simply try standing in place and step back and forth. Doing this simple step in between calls or sending emails will definitely add up.
Another option to stay in shape without it interfering with your work day is doing minute-long stretches, cardio and other exercises from your desk.
Office wall chair pose
If the standing desk is not quite your style, don’t count yourself out just yet. This move will strengthen your leg muscles and improve your walking and speed as you get older. Put your back flat against a wall until you slide down into a sitting position. Hold your pose for 1 minute once you’ve reached a 90 degree angle with your knees and watch how it improves your quadriceps and glutes.
Take the stairs
Don’t always head for the elevator when you enter a building. Instead, opt for the stairs a few times per week. In a swift pace for 60 seconds and you could improve your calves, quadriceps and gluteus maximus while improving cognitive function.
Don’t forget that tracking your workouts or activities is a great way to see if your efforts are making any difference. Keep a journal, jot down some notes on your calendar, or use an app to do it all for you. Learn how to make fitness a priority even on your busiest day. If you need help with your fitness, just send us a message.