Tricks for Staying Fit at Work

While it might not be advisable to break a sweat in the boardroom by doing push-ups on the floor, there are some simple steps to consider such as squats adjacent to your desk or butt squeezes in your chair. Practice perfect posture while sitting and standing.

Start a movement.

One Chicago trucking company started a mid-morning routine where everyone is required to get up and dance. Depending on the nature of your workplace, consider taking the lead on implementing a 15-minute break in which hip-hop blaring from the speakers encourages everyone to throw their hands up in the air and shake their booties without any care. Since it's only 15 minutes, it doesn't have to distract from productivity. In fact, the renewed energy will only fuel it.

Grab a pal. Surely there are other people in your workplace who have similar health goals. Double-up on the drive and determination -- just as you would on any important project -- and work together to get the job done. If you can do it for spreadsheets and presentations, surely you can do it for weight loss.

Stay committed.

Just as you can't give up when a challenging project gets tough, don't allow yourself to give up on your personal goals either. Believe me when I say that I know it's easier said than done. As professionals we owe it to our employers to deliver our best, and similarly, we owe it to ourselves personally to be and feel our very best.

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