Feeling motivated, but just can’t find the time for fitness?
- PLAN REGULAR SCREEN BREAKS
Research has shown that physical activity at work can boost productivity – so not only could taking short, activity-filled screen breaks give your FitPoints a boost, you might get more work done, too. Instead of scrolling your news feed, get moving for a few minutes every hour or so. You could take a quick walk around the building, walk the long way to the photocopier, or use the loos or meeting rooms on another floor to clock up extra steps.
- MAKE USE OF WASTED TIME
Time to kill between meetings? Stuck on hold? Use this ‘wasted time’ as an opportunity for a little burst of activity. If you can’t get out, and need some totally undetectable exercise (we promise!) try some ‘deskercise’ tips. Work your tummy by taking a deep breath in and pulling your abs towards your spine as you slowly exhale for 5-10 seconds. For a great bottom toner, clench your bum cheeks tight and hold for 5-10 seconds. Try repeating both exercises 10 times, and do as many sets as you can before you have to get back to it.
- HOLD A STANDING MEETING
Sitting for prolonged periods can have detrimental effects on your health – it can lead to bad posture, muscular imbalances, and even increased risk of cardiovascular disease. So whenever you can, stand up! Try working at a standing desk, or hold a standing meeting – it will not only cut the amount of your time sitting, but make the others more alert and attentive, resulting in shorter meetings – bonus!
- ACTIVATE YOUR SOCIAL LIFE
No time for exercise, but always time for cocktails? Use your social life as an opportunity to get active. Instead of meeting friends for happy hour or brunch, meet at a park and go for a power walk first – 30 minutes of brisk walking could earn you 3 FitPoints!