Try out these tips from our fitness coach on how fit in workouts at work and keep track of your workout.
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Hi, I’m Chris Freytag, Prevention Fitness Expert. And shortcuts are very doable and easy to fit to your work day too. Here’s a great shortcut tip for you. I’m a big believer in tracking what you eat and your activity level when you first get started on a fitness program. And a great shortcut tip is to try our health tracker feature on prevention.com. Just click on the health tracker and you can go ahead and enter your calorie intake, your activity level and keep track of it throughout the week, throughout the month, throughout the year. That will help you get a more realistic handle on what you’re actually eating and what you’re actually doing.
Now, you’ll notice I’m sitting on an exercise ball. Yes, that’s exactly right. Push the chair away and so on the exercise ball. It not only relieve stress from your low back but it’s kind of fun. You can move around, relieve some of that stress and then get back to what you were doing.
Studies have shown that people are more productive when they sit an exercise ball at the office or in schools. Now, go ahead and even push the ball away from the desk every so often and try some core body work. Roll forward, just a little bit, pull that belly button in and try to some core body crunches. Better yet, sit all the away up and go put some core rotation, working your obliques and relieving stress from your spine. And if you’re really motivated, go ahead and stand up, push the ball away and try some push ups.
Now, here’s a little game for you. Try 50 push ups a day divided into five different times, 10 push ups each. Step away and just press right into your desk, do 10 push ups. Now think about it, if you do 50 push ups a day, that’s 250 push ups a week. That’s not a bad week at the office.