23 Sep Three Tips For Staying Fit at The Office

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  1. Invest in a stand up desk. Not only will you burn more calories throughout the day, but you will also notice your legs and low back getting stronger. Low back pain is caused primarily by two things: 1) a weak low back and 2) tight hip flexors. We generally don’t use our lower back except when picking things ups. Then…BAM…something pops and we are out of commission for a couple of days and headed to the chiropractor. Standing, on the other hand, forces you to use your back muscles, keeping them strong and prepared for a little heavy lifting now and then. The second major cause of low back pain is having tight hip flexors, which usually happens when you spend too much time sitting. Sitting for long periods over the course of your life can shorten the muscles in the front of your hips – so when you go to stand up they aren’t able to fully extend, and thus begin pulling at the low back muscles causing a good deal of stiffness and sometimes even pain. A stand up desk solves both of these issues and sets you up for very healthy posture. (PRO TIP: Watch out that when standing you’re not locking your knees! That can take you down a totally different route to low back pain.)
  2. Set an alarm for every two hours to walk around the office. Start with taking just a few laps. If you are a goal oriented person, perhaps try using a fitness tracker. It is almost impossible to get in 10,000 steps if you are sitting for ten hours a day!
  3. Drink water throughout the day. Keeping hydrated is key. Often, one of the primary reasons that people over eat is because they are dehydrated. Start by drinking two large glasses of water before eating. Let it settle for a few minutes, then eat your meal. You will end up only eating what your body needs, thus eliminating excess calories.

 

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