Juggling a commitment to fitness with a full-time job can be daunting. Sometimes at the end of a long, grueling day at work, the last thing you want to do is lace up your running sneakers or say “om” in a yoga class. But don’t fret, because integrating healthy habits into 9-5 life is doable. Here are some tips for balancing healthy living and a full-time job.
1. Go for a mid-day walk.
If you have a devoted hour for lunch, eat lunch at your desk and then use the time to go for a walk. Even if you don’t have a devoted hour for lunch, by taking a quick walk around the block, you’ll come back feeling energized and avoid that post-lunch afternoon slump.
2. Try “sweatworking.”
Instead of taking clients out for dinner or drinks, turn networking into a “sweatworking” opportunity. Invite them to your favorite workout class or to a relaxing yoga session. Nothing bonds two people together quite like surviving a killer bootcamp class together.
3. Stand up!
You don’t need a standing desk in order to stand while you work. A few boxes stacked on top of each other can do the trick. If standing while you type feels cumbersome, consider standing up during conferences calls. Bonus points if you stealthily do squats and lunges too.
4. Keep a spare pair of sneakers under your desk.
Banish the excuse that you forget your sneakers or a change of clothes and always have a spare stash of workout clothes at your desk. Just don’t forget to bring them back again after each use!
5. Take the stairs.
Why wait for the elevator when you can take the stairs? Opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator every day is a great way to get your heart rate up and guarantee you get moving every day.
6. Drink lots of water.
Of course everyone should be consciously drinking lots of water throughout the day, but it’s also one of the easiest ways to support your wellbeing. Being well hydrated will also mean getting up for frequent bathroom breaks. It’s a win-win!
7. Set an alarm to get up every hour.
Have you ever been deep in concentration and suddenly realized you haven’t stood up in three hours? Yikes. Set an hourly alarm that reminds you to get up and take a quick walk around the office. Your body will thank you!
8. Remember: the little things add up.
So maybe your last meeting of the day ran late and you can’t make it to your favorite spin class. Remember that the little things do add up and don’t sweat it when you have to skip out on working out from time to time.