How to Prevent Office Weight Gain

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Most of us follow the same ol’ routine day in and day out. We sit in our car while we drive to work, we sit at work, and when we get back home we sit in front of the TV because we’re tired. The next day, the whole cycle repeats itself.

Allowing these sedentary habits to take over our lives can result in vast amounts of weight gain even if we try to live an otherwise healthy life. Although you may spend most of your time sitting at work, there are certain healthy habits we can adopt to minimize the impact on our weight.

Here are some tips to help you prevent weight gain at work:

Park Further From Your Job: Instead of waiting behind a line of cars for someone to leave their spot, look for a parking spot toward the back of the lot. The few extra steps can actually help you relax if you’ve had a stressful drive, and best of all it’ll help you burn a couple extra calories.

Take the Stairs: Now if you work on the 30th floor, you don’t have to take the stairs all the way up. But try to climb at least four flights of stairs to get to your office; if you work on a high floor take the elevator and get off a few floors before your actual one and walk the rest of the way. This will be just another little addition of physical activity to help you improve your health.

Walk During Your Lunch Hour: Take a walk during your lunch break. Maybe walk a couple of blocks to a restaurant where you can get a light, healthy lunch, and then walk back to your office. On top of being physical activity, your walk back will help you digest your food so you won’t be sitting uncomfortably at your desk.

Stand Up and Stretch: Take a few minutes every couple of hours to let yourself stand up, walk around to the bathroom or to get water. When you get back to your desk take another couple of minutes to stretch your body out. This will help get your blood flowing and provides a nice respite from sitting at your desk.

Our work day is only a small part of what can have us living unhealthy lives. Combining these baby steps with other things — making better food choices, walking to the convenience store and, of course, using the gym regularly  — will all add up and you’ll begin seeing improvements in no time.