Fit for Office?

By James Olsen CPT

Office work can wreak havoc on your fitness levels and extended periods of time on the computer can alter your posture permanently over time, and cause neck and back pain. In addition, office work although sedentary, is often loaded with stress and deadlines. Here are a few simple things you can do to stay in shape, eat properly, and reduce stress during your work day.

  • Sunday is food prep day, I have all of my clients pre-prepare their low carb, high protein meals for at least the first 72 hours of their work week. This is vital for staying a dietary tract, and also helps to avoid binging or missed meals, both leading to increased body fat levels. Take the time over the weekend to plan. “Plan your work, and work your plan!”
  • Find ways to have active breaks: Start your work day by simply parking your car farther away. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, or use a bathroom on a different floor. Find a walking route at lunch time, or triple on the stairs while you are talking on the phone. It’s the simple daily additions of exercise and the small decreases in carbohydrate intake that can start to change your fitness levels.
  • When we are stressed two things happen right away: 1. our breathing becomes short, and are muscles get tight. Seated mediation or deep breathing for 3 to 5 minutes followed by simply stretching can give you clarity and get you back together.

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