How many of us start the year with the same New Year’s resolution: to get in better shape, eat healthier, and work out more? The gym is always packed the first week of January, but as life interferes, many of us find it hard to stick to those fitness and lifestyle goals.
The number one reason people give for not sticking with fitness goals slack of time. In our high- pressure world, it’s hard to justify leaving work early or taking a break during the day to go to the gym. If you’re chained to the office, try these ways to stay fit:
1. Work out early, early, early
We know. It’s really hard! But working out early the day—whether it’s walking your dog, biking to work, or hitting the treadmill for even 20 minutes—boosts your metabolism for the rest of the day. It’s better for your brain, too!
2. Add more steps to your day.
Every little bit helps! Park as far away from your building as possible, take the stairs, or take detours throughout the day to keep moving. If you take public transportation, get off a stop early and hoof it a few times a week.
3. Remember your posture.
Sitting and standing up straight engages your abdominal muscles, improves alignment, keeps stress off joints, and improves circulation, respiration, and even digestion. (Chairs are a relatively recent innovation —humans are actually meant, like all other animals, to hold up their own weight all day).