Going from running around like a headless chicken working in retail, to sitting down at a desk for 7.5 hours a day was easy for mentally, but tough physically.
I’m now in a job I love, so it’s easy for me to go there every day, but physically, my body was used to being active for the majority of the day, not to mention eating more food to keep it going.
It’s not surprising that people find it easy to gain weight in an office job, or lose motivation to train either before or after work. But you can stay active throughout the day in a desk job, and there’s really no excuse for not doing the little things throughout the day to keep your body alert and awake.
Take the stairs
This one is easy. I work on the second floor and you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who take the lift – and the amount of people I beat to the door by walking! Even if you’re on the 6th+ floor, take the lift a couple of floors then get out and walk the rest.
Go for a walk at lunch
I love doing this. Not only does it wake you up a bit, and get you away from a screen and the same seat for a while, it also allows you to properly digest your food as you’re not sitting down to digest it. I usually eat my food then go for a 10-15 minute walk, and feel so much better for it!
Get up and out your chair
Offer to make some drinks, go and fill up your water bottle, go to the toilet and have a little walk around while you’re out the door. Your body doesn’t like sitting in the same position for ages, and it’s no wonder you feel super lethargic after hours in the same place. I try to get up at least once an hour while I’m at work.
While you want to be maintaining your posture, make sure you shift your legs about, change the way you’re sitting, and alter it often as dead legs and pins and needles are not fun! Just try and keep your back straight, and don’t lean forward!
Keeping both your mind and body active at work is not only vital for your performance in your job, but will also keep you going through your post-work training session, and enable your body to burn those extra calories throughout the day. Don’t use an office job as an excuse when there are plenty of little ways you can stay active while at work.