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Be Active and Live a Healthy Lifestyle…Even at Work

November 7, 2014

bigstock-Woman-walking-up-the-stairs-48432704With the holidays rapidly approaching, life just seems to be getting busier and busier. It’s easy to let things like exercising and maintaining healthy eating habits slip through the cracks. However, even if you skip the gym during the craziness of the holiday season, there are ways you can still be healthy and active while you’re at the office.

A Little Distance Goes a Long Way

Do you live within walking or biking distance to your office? If so, want are you waiting for? Leave the car keys at home at least a few days a week and get moving. Walking or biking to work is a great way to fit in exercise even when you are crunched for time.

If you live too far from the office to make walking or biking a viable commuting option, you can still make healthier and more active choices. If you drive to work, park a few streets away from the office and walk the rest of the way in. If you take public transportation, get off a few stops before your building.

Climb On Up

Avoid the elevator and take the stairs!! You’ve probably heard it a million times, but this little trick adds a lot of exercise into your work day. Even if you work on the 25th floor, you can still get off a few floors below and get your heart rate and your legs moving by climbing a few flights.

Eat and Walk
Use your lunch break wisely and get some exercise doing this important mid-day break. Bring your lunch to work and take a brisk walk either before or after you eat. If the weather’s nice, bring your lunch along on your walk and eat outdoors. And if the weather isn’t that great, you can still get some exercise during the lunch hour by walking a few laps inside your office building.

If you like to go out for lunch instead of brown bagging it, you can still work in some activity by choosing an eatery that is within walking distance to your office.

Stand Up
Standing up burns more calories than sitting, so don’t be afraid to stand while making phone calls or while you’re waiting for that large file to open. (Bonus points if you do calf raises!)

Take Breaks
Regardless of whether you’re sitting or standing, looking at your computer screen all day isn’t good for your physical or mental health. Taking little breaks throughout the day is incredibly beneficial and will actually help increase your productivity.

Get up and stretch, jog in place for a few minutes, walk up and down the halls …whatever works for you to clear your head and get your body moving!

Healthy Choices
While it may not seem like it, these small changes can really make a difference in your activity level, as well as your stress level. When you are less stressed, you are more apt to make healthy choices about what foods and beverages you are putting into your body. And if you need an energy boost to help get you out from behind your desk and into a brisk walk in the fresh air, reach for a Mayesa, the Healthy Dark Chocolate Drink!

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