Make Weekday Workouts a Walk in the ParkPosted: October 22, 2013
What are your favorite ways to unwind after a long day at the office? For most people, a trip to the gym doesn’t quite make that list. By the end of the day it can be difficult to muster the energy or motivation for a workout. However, putting off exercise until Saturdays will only make those weekend workouts harder. When your muscles are inactive all week, the sudden exertion can cause you to wear out more quickly or could even result in an injury. Rather than simply forgoing your exercise routine during the week, there are ways to work a healthy dose of cardio into your workday routine.
For the city-slicker:
If you work in a city, exercise can naturally be incorporated into your day by making a habit of walking to the office instead of driving or opting for public transportation. Sure, you may have to leave a bit earlier in the morning, but the fresh air and increase in heart rate will wake you up, and likely boost your mood, too. Grab a cup of coffee along your way, no out-of-the-way pitstop needed, and you’ll be feeling extra golden.
Added bonus: every mile you walk burns around 150-200 calories.
For the commuter:
Don’t live in a city? Park the car an extra lot/street or so away from your office. It may seem counterintuitive, but this is a great way to squeeze in a quick morning cardio. Pump your arms to cut the walking time in half, and increase the benefits while you move.
Stairs are another simple way to burn some calories and get the heart pumping. If you’re an elevator frequenter, taking the stairs might feel like a pain in the butt at first. Luckily that comes as a good pain for your butt! After a few weeks, the stair-climbing will get much easier and your backside will begin to thank you. If you’ve got a few extra minutes to kill at lunchtime, walk up and down the stairs a few times. This is not only a great way to work on your fitness, but it also helps loosen stiff muscles and improve blood circulation. This is much needed after sitting at your desk for hours on end.
Use lunchtime to venture out of the office to eat. Walk to a nearby deli with some coworkers or if you prefer to pack a lunch, bring it to a park in the area. No matter how brief the walk, it will be much healthier than eating at your desk. And, hey, you could use a change in scene once in a while.
Look at it this way: The world is your gym. Use your legs as often as you can during the workweek and you’ll find your weekend workouts at the gym to be a breeze.