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Hello everyone,

I just joined this site. I don't get much chance to exercise during the day and my job is an office job so don't get much exercise. Does anyone any effective way to get exercise or better put burn calories while at work? Cheers
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I have my printer in another room so I have to get up often to grab what I printed and when the weather is nice, I walk during the lunch hour and eat my meal at my desk afterwards.
Try to get out and walk on at least 1 break/lunch. Take the stairs vs elevator. Oh and I have a rubber band thing that I work out my thighs, calfs and legs while I sit at my desk. You can get them everywhere for about $5 and depending on how you tie it you can workout quite a bit.
Original Post by angelajan:

Hello everyone,

I just joined this site. I don't get much chance to exercise during the day and my job is an office job so don't get much exercise. Does anyone any effective way to get exercise or better put burn calories while at work? Cheers


It just so happens I do! My last job got incredibly boring when the company was tanking and there was simply no real work for me to do at all most times.

I got bored, and while it wasn't purely for exercise, I think it counted.

Does your chair swivel? Stand on it (carefully) and turn your body side to side. You can build up a pretty good rhythm and pace after a while, and sometimes I would even feel sore in my abs/sides if I did it long enough. Be careful though, as from experience, I can tell you it's not hard to fly off the chair and land with your head in your trashcan.

Is your office or whatever room you're in sort of open and spacious? Do cartwheels when no one is looking. I did that kind of a lot. Don't do this in a skirt, even if no one is looking because that's just wrong.

Pushups..why not? when no one is watching..go nuts.

I found my large paperweight wasn't a bad thing to repeatedly lift in order to work the arms a little.

While waiting forever for copies to finish, I'd stand there and kind of do squats. Usually when no one was looking...I'm not perfect.

On the phone forever with some blahblah client..walk around or even do calf lifts by your desk.

My boss never paid attention to the instant message system we had. You know, we'd IM each other messages so we wouldn't have to get up and to save paper, but he'd never look at them.

I took to making paper airplanes and throwing them over his cubicle wall.

Not sure how many calories that burned, but it was fun.

 

Original Post by kvelasquez:

Try to get out and walk on at least 1 break/lunch. Take the stairs vs elevator. Oh and I have a rubber band thing that I work out my thighs, calfs and legs while I sit at my desk. You can get them everywhere for about $5 and depending on how you tie it you can workout quite a bit.


Yes! I forgot...thighmaster under the desk. It can be your little secret.

 

great idea

great idea

I fidget a lot at work, believe it or not that does add up over the course of a day. I will also do a quick set of 30 wall push ups and squats twice a day, I find it is a quick way to get an energy burst too!

I kick my feet under my desk..i feel like such a loser but it keeps me from feeling exhausted at the end of the day...

Get rid of the chair and sit on a excerise ball.  You can also get those portable peddler things and ride a bike while your sitting down.  You can do ab twists while sitting, shoulder shrugs.

 

If there are several restrooms, go to the farthest one when you need to go. I eat my lunch during my 15 min break and I use my actual half hour lunch walking around the office building. Also, instead of sending emails, why not walk to your colleague's office and just talk to them in person? They'd appreciate it more and that's added calorie burn for you.

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Great ideas - I like the airplane one hah
I walk at lunch every day. If it's cold out, I walk around the office. I go in the washroom or back stairway every two hours and do some jumping jacks. Squats and pushups are good too. If there are stairs, go up and down them on a break. There's lots of things that can be done almost anywhere. Have fun with it!

There is this tremendous program designed especially for the busy working woman during working hours called Sitacise! Go to www.sitacise.com and you can download it to your computer or other device in minutes or order it safety because it is produced by Amazon! They have one movement/exercise book that is 70 pages full of movements/exercises to do while working or sitting anywhere, 3 different eating plans and a calorie chart that lists how many calories you burn doing regular activities like talking on the telephone & playing cards. Some people are losing 4 pounds per week on this program!

Best of all the movement/exercise book is only $7.99. They also have a book & DVD's that are just great too!

The couple that designed it our master level & certified personal trainers who have trained with Olympic Gold Medalists, pro football & basketball players, world class sprinters, school systems, fortune 500 companies so they know their business.

Original Post by raychelc:


It just so happens I do! My last job got incredibly boring when the company was tanking and there was simply no real work for me to do at all most times.

I got bored, and while it wasn't purely for exercise, I think it counted.

Does your chair swivel? Stand on it (carefully) and turn your body side to side. You can build up a pretty good rhythm and pace after a while, and sometimes I would even feel sore in my abs/sides if I did it long enough. Be careful though, as from experience, I can tell you it's not hard to fly off the chair and land with your head in your trashcan.

 

 

 

Love the post.  I could use someone like you at the office.  Wink

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Good Morning,

I don't know if you have heard of Daily Challenge or not but it is a great site that gives you one challenge a day to do.  If you do the challenges for a while you build up coins and points but once you get some coins you can change tracks and there is one called stay fit at work. It's small little things that you can do at work to build muscles and things.  I haven't actually done this track yet but I've seen some of the challenges that others are doing.  I think it is a helpful resource if your interested in checking it out here is the website. 

https://challenge.meyouhealth.com ;

It really is a great way to get encouragement and to get ideas.  The people there are helpful like the ones here!  Have a wonderful day!

I have a desk I can raise to standing position. That's nice, and you can move around surprisingly much when you're on your feet in the first place.

sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair and if your restricted to a chair giggle your legs constantly once you get good at that add ankle weights

This recommendation to stand on your chair looks like an accident waiting for a place to happen.  I don't think most employers would go for this.  The other ideas are great.

get some other people together at work and walk up and down the stairwell at lunch -- stair-climbing is great exercise.

Agree with that lastpost about the swivel chair -- liability issues,  plus its a bit dumb/dangerous.

 

As mentioned walk and move around. I actually get there early and walk for 15 minutes before I start. I do it again for lunch and breaks. Walk around the block after work. It all adds up. My job offers flexibility so I feel fortunate. Most days I get 10000 steps in at work.

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