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Get ready for bathing suit season while at the office

Man on DeskThe sun is shining and the snow is melting, which can only mean spring is right around the corner. Yet, even as the weather becomes forgiving for outdoor exercise, it’s still a challenge for many to find the time (and energy) to exercise after a long day at the office. But why wait for the workday to end? Even at your desk, there are a variety of ways to increase your heart rate and firm up for tank top and bathing suit season.

According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, those who clock at least three hours a day in an office chair were more likely to be overweight or have an increased BMI. Other studies found that increasing physical exercise and implementing healthier lifestyle habits can bolster longevity and reduce your waistline.

Below are some pointers on how to embrace fitness this spring, even during a hectic day at the office.

  • Squeeze in 10 to 15 minutes of activity whenever you can. Do leg lifts at your chair, hand deliver a memo instead of using email, or try some squats while you wait for a fax confirmation. Every little bit helps.
  • Take a brisk walk at lunchtime, even if it’s a few loops around the building.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park a few blocks away from the office, and walk to work (you’ll feel so energized you may eschew that cup of coffee).
  • Pack your own healthy lunch that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.

 

If you’re embarrassed to bust out some squats by the water cooler, or can’t leave your desk, this fitness equipment will keep your muscles moving without missing a beat:

iPad Treadmill Holder: Complete online tasks with a smartphone or tablet while you burn calories on the treadmill.

Under Desk Mini Elliptical: If you prefer an elliptical over a treadmill, complete a full cardio workout without leaving your chair.

Exercise Ball Chairs: Build a stronger core, promote flexibility and improve coordination by replacing your chair with an exercise ball.

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