How to Avoid a Sedentary Lifestyle (Even With a Desk Job!)
We get it, desk jobs suck.
We live in a society today where, for many of us, we end up working a desk job and living a sedentary life. We tell ourselves we’ll make time for the gym, or be more active, but many times it falls to the background because were “busy” or “don’t have time” to be active and healthy. The truth is, you do have time. It may not seem like it, but with a little knowledge on how to make it work, it’s easy to start incorporating a more active lifestyle.
Bike, walk or run to work
This one is situational. If you live close enough, you can easily bike to work or jog, you just need to leave a little earlier. Starting your day out with some exercise will have you prepared for the day, and will leave you more accomplished as well. If you commute, find parking a little further away to jog or brisk walk for part of the distance.
Take the stairs
Yup, from now on I don’t want to even see you look at an elevator. Burn a few extra calories and give your legs a workout. You’ll feel much more awake and alive if you take the stairs instead, especially if you work on the top floor!
Cut out the TV time
The average human being spends about 5 hours watching TV every day. Seriously? Cut out one of those hours every day and go for a jog, swim, or to the gym. You can still spend the other 4 hours watching TV, just give one to your health! Please! The next time someone tells you they don’t have time to work out, send them here. Click here for more stats.
Join a club or pick an active hobby
The key here is to find something you like. If you enjoy it, it won’t be a chore. Find something you like doing and get involved. You’ll meet other people who also enjoy being active and it’ll only motivate you more. Swim, run, yoga, play tennis, go mountain biking, walk your dog, stand on your head, do something!
Get a standup desk
This one is easy, they make stand up desks now that are collapsable. Go buy one and get it installed. Ask your employer if they’ll pay for it. Tell them it will increase your productivity. It will improve your posture, strengthen your core muscles and burn calories. If they don’t believe you send them to me, I’ll convince them 😉
Sit on a stability ball
This goes with the standup desk. Same concept, improve posture, work your core muscles and improve your balance and stability. Also you can do workouts on it in your free time! For example if you’re getting sleepy you can take a break and do some ball sit-ups or push ups on it! Wishful thinking?
Wake up early to go to the gym
Getting up early means going to bed early. This takes a little dedication, but you don’t need that much time to get active! Set your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier, jump out of bed, slam some coffee or pre-workout and run around your neighborhood for a bit. You do this every day and you’ll be well on your way to a more healthy, active lifestyle.
Find time to do something active EVERY DAY (even if its only a little!)
Find something that you can do every single day that gets you active, even if it’s only little. Some is better than none. For example, you could plank every day. Just pick a time during your day, and stick to it! Be persistent.
Hang out with active people
Jim Rohn says that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. Meaning that we tend to behave similarly to those that we hang around with. This can be difficult, but sometimes you need to reevaluate your social circle and those around you. Are you surrounding yourself with people who share your positive, success oriented mindset and want to be active and healthy? Or are you surrounded by negativity? It might sound a little harsh but it’s the truth. I’m not suggesting that you dump all your friends, but I am suggesting that you seek out healthy relationships with people who want what you want. You could also convince the people in your life to be more positive by showing them a better way as well. This one tip will help you with more than just fitness, think about it!