A Skinny Salary and a Fatty Figure…How to Stay Fit at Your New Job.

Welcome to week three of my new job. In case you were curious, everything is going amazing, and I couldn’t be happier. However, there is a slight exception to my working bliss: I end up sitting for a majority of my day. What’s the big deal, you may be wondering? Well, for many people who are chained to their cubicle five days a week, sitting for eight hours a day can mean not only feeling unhealthy, but it can often lead to extra pounds.

So, in the hope of preventing the newby nine (the new job version of the freshmen fifteen), I have decided to find some helpful tips to help you (and me) stay healthy and active, even if our job keeps us flat on our ass.

Stock up on healthy snacks. Snacking on healthy food may help you resist a trip to the candy bowl in the clerks’ office. Bring a bag of raw almonds, sliced veggies, or some fruit salad. It’ll only take you five minutes to pack before work, but it might save you a couple of extra pounds in the long run.

Brown-bag it. Not only is this a good idea for your wallet, but it’s also a great idea for your waste line. Packing a lunch gives you more direct control over what you’re eating and prevents the possibility that you’ll grab that extra brownie at the deli.

Inquire about services. Many larger companies provide a corporate discount toward a gym membership. But sometimes companies fail to effectivly advertise the program to employees. Shoot an email to someone at HR (or walk to his cube) to ask what your company offers. If they don’t already provide such services, get some of your healthy-minded coworkers together and pitch the idea to your boss. It never hurts to ask.

Alter Your Commute. If you live within walking or biking distance of your work, take advantage! For those of us who must use motorized transportation, park as far from work as possible to get an extra five minutes of walking time or get off/on the bus a couple blocks from your destination. Walking five minutes here and there can really add up.

Move it. Walk to your coworkers cube instead of messaging or emailing, park a little farther away than usual and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Head to the Water Fountain. Drinking water is good for your body (haven’t you seen the aquafina commercial with baseball manager Lou Pinella?). In addition, getting water when your bottle is empty (and the bathroom breaks that result) will get you up out of your chair and walking around.

Pop a Sphered Squat. Exercise balls can make great desk chairs. Clear it with your boss first, of course, but sitting on an exercise ball while at your desk can improve posture and make your muscles work double-time. Plus, they come in really fun colors.

Want more tips for staying healthy at work? Check these out:

photo from inmagine.com

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August 18, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Career Advice, Life-in General.

One Comment

  1. John Makran replied:

    Nice post
    Thanks 🙂

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