Finding time to work out during the week is difficult, especially if your exercise is counting steps. Since we started getting up to 20k steps a day, it’s become even more difficult to fit them all in during the day. I’d seriously be spending 1/3 of every hour walking. I would never get anything done!
While my office is extremely friendly to exercise and a healthier lifestyle, and the powers that be have been nothing but supportive of the changes we’ve been making, I imagine I might get a little more push back if my productivity started to suffer. So I had to get a little creative with how to get those steps in. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have issues with being in a chair all day, staring at a computer screen and feeling their waistline and backside slowly spreading…
So, I bought a nifty little piece of equipment that has gotten more use than any other exercise contraption I’ve ever purchased: an under desk elliptical! This one in particular: Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer
It is easy to use, quiet, and fits under my desk without me hitting my knees! I can pedal away and type while my legs are getting a good burn. There are a lot of different brands and types of elliptical and pedaling machines out there at just about every price point. All of them can give you a nice leg work out while you work.
Another good way to keep in shape when you work a desk job is to do a short burst of exercise every hour or so. There are a good many exercises out there that can be done in your office, or even at your desk without drawing attention to yourself or annoying co-workers. This article from WebMD has some great ideas of exercises to work into your day: Exercise at Your Desk
Regardless of what you do, or how often you do it, the important thing is to keep moving on a regular basis and remember that having a sitting job doesn’t mean you have to sit still.