Four Easy Ways to Burn Calories at Work

two female co-workers taking a walkDo you have such a busy schedule that you agonize over ever finding time for exercise to burn some extra calories?

Well, here are four easy tips on maximizing physical activity during workday.

It’s actually pretty easy to burn calories at work. The following tips are based on simply increasing your daily steps and the time you spend on your feet.

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#1 Stand And Walk at Every Chance You Get

Stand or pace when you talk on the phone. Even better, take short walks and make calls at the same time. Read papers and reports standing or pacing and take the stairs instead of elevator.

Why is it so important to stand and take steps? Well, going from sitting to standing triples your calorie expenditure. Also, standing and walking activates the NEAT cells that help burn belly fat.

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#2 Walk During Lunch Break And Have Walking Meetings

Instead of going to the gym to exercise, take a 20-minute walk outdoors or in the nearby mall. It’s even better if you’re able to recruit a walking buddy. If you have willing co-workers, you can also have some of your regular meetings on the go.

Walking during the lunch break is a great way to avoid the mid-afternoon slump. I swear I’ll eat my hat if you miss those sleeping, sorry, seated meetings in the slightest. 🙂

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#3 Walk To Work

If you usually take a train or bus to work, get off on an earlier stop and walk the rest of the way. If you drive to work, find a spot at the farthest end of the parking lot.

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#4 Use Mini Exercise Equipment at Work

Mini exercise equipment is a great way to burn calories at work. Stamina mini elliptical

Get yourself a portable mini stepper, a mini elliptical or an under desk exercise bike. Mini steppers and under desk exercise bikes are inexpensive and only take up little space. You can easily push them under the table when you aren’t using them.

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Take it easy when you incorporate exercise into your workday. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up if you carry out all the changes at the same time, so pace yourself!

Best wishes,

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P.S. If you liked this post, you might also be interested in my post No Time To Exercise?.

Comments

  1. I don’t work outside of the home BUT these are great tips even for those of us who are home all day. I really need to make sure I get up often from the computer to move because I have been having issues with my right leg (not sure what it is) falling asleep often. That mini stepper sure looks cool.

    • Satu says:

      Hi Angie! I have tried to add physical activity my days and I have tried all kinds of things, like pacing and reading my Amazon Kindle. Don’t know if that would work when I’m working at the department. 🙂

      Actually that “mini stepper” is a mini elliptical machine! When I researched mini exercise equipment I found lots of equipment I didn’t even know exists. There are twister steppers, mini steppers with with exercise bands attached and steppers with side to side motion..

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