5 Sneaky Ways to Burn Calories at Work | Personal Training in Campbell

5 Sneaky Ways to Burn Calories at Work | Personal Training in Campbell

You may think the 30 minutes you spend every other day in the gym is enough to keep you trim and healthy, but it’s not. If you want overall good health, you need to eat well and find windows of activity opportunity daily - not just during your scheduled workouts.

It’s been said that “sitting is the new smoking,” and it’s true that it has detrimental long-term effects. Working in activity throughout your day will lead to tremendously positive impacts on your health, in addition to burning extra calories.

But how can you squeeze in a little movement when most of your hours are spent sitting at a desk, meeting in the conference room, and preparing for big presentations? Read on to find out when you can squeeze in exercise and how to do it.

(And if you’re one of the millions of people who suffer aches and pains while you sit or as a result of your desk job, don’t miss the special information at the bottom!)

1. On the Way to Work. To start your day with a smidgen of calorie-burning exercise, you may need to wake up a few minutes earlier than usual. Not to get in a workout before tossing on your power suit, but rather so you’ll have time to torch a few calories on the way to work. To shed some calories before clocking in, you have a number of options depending on your situation. You can bike or walk to work, perform seated calf raises on the bus or train, or park your car at the far end of the parking lot so you get to walk farther to reach your office. And of course, once you get to your building, take the stairs.

2. When Doing Mindless Tasks. Admit it: everything you do at work doesn’t require an amazing amount of brainpower. Take advantage of the easy tasks by multitasking with some exercise. The easiest option is to flex and squeeze your body. From your glutes and your abs to your pecs and thighs, you can get rid of a few calories by simply flexing them as you work. As you grow accustomed to the flexing, you may find it to be a great way to work your way through a long, difficult meeting.

3. Every Time You Finish a Task. When you first get to work, make a to-do list. This will help keep you on track and will also set you up for exercise rewards. Each time you cross a task off your list, give yourself an exercise reward. This could be walking a couple laps around the office, standing up and doing a couple quick stretches, or closing your office door and knocking out a dozen push-ups. Know what your reward of the day will be and go for it.

4. When You Need to Communicate. Helpful as email may be, there is a way to communicate with your colleagues that actually keeps your body moving. That way? Getting out of your seat and walking to your coworker’s office to talk things through. Have to make a few phone calls? Stand up as you talk or better yet, pace back and forth during the conversation. (Fun fact: standing makes you sound more engaging over the phone!)

5. At the Top of the Hour. A great way to sneak a little activity into your routine is to get up every hour. And your exercising doesn’t need to be super intense. All you need to do is stand up. Do this for five minutes, eight times a day, and you will drop 100 calories a day.

That’s right—all you have to do to stand up for your health is stand up!

What to do about pain

As I mentioned before, sitting has many damaging effects on the body (I, myself, am a culprit!) Many people experience aches and pains because sitting causes muscles to be tight and others weak, creating imbalances that make us want to avoid activity. If this is you, we can help!

Click here to schedule a Corrective Exercise Assessment with me in our Downtown Campbell studio, where we’ll assess these muscle imbalances and create an easy program for you to do that includes simple stretches and exercises that will bring relief (you can even do most of them at your desk! A bonus activity!)

Finally, all of these bonus calorie burning tips are great – when done in conjunction with a consistent, challenging exercise program. If you aren’t making fitness a priority, but want to, we can help!

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