Five Ways to Improve Your Fitness in the Workplace

1. Replace your office chair with an exercise ball

Most office chairs are not great for your posture and do not help to preserve the delicate structure of your spine. Replacing your office chair with an exercise ball is a great improvement as it forces you to balance at 90 degrees keeping your spine straight, it’s also good fun and prevents slouching.

2. Sit facing to a window

There is a lot to be said for simple design improvements such as ensuring there are plants in the office, or that employees face windows. By facing a  window not only does it give more depth to your vision (therefore reducing the strain on your eyes) but it also helps you to see things and stay creative. Being sat in a box for 8 hours with no vision of the outer world is a pretty nasty environment – ask your boss if you can move nearer or facing a window and your eyes and mind will thank you!

3. Use your lunch break to exercise

There is nothing worse than a work day sitting at your desk for 8 hours with the only exercise being the trips to the coffee machine. Use your lunch break to visit a gym or to go for a run – you will feel more energised, productive, and positive when you return.

4. Replace Coffee With Water

One thing that seems to be almost tradition in most offices is the hourly coffee round. Even non-coffee drinkers often end up as coffee converts by the 9-5. Learn to love water and get out of the habit of drinking your own body weight in caffeine – the chemicals aren’t good for you.

5. Surround yourself with positive people

Your fitness is directly interconnected with your mood and positivity at work. By surrounding yourself with positive thinking colleagues and people your enjoy the company of the knock on effect will be that you feel better at work and experience lower levels of stress.

Marcus Taylor

Marcus Taylor is co-author of the book Get Noticed, a how-to guide to being in the right place at the right time, all the time.

3 thoughts on “Five Ways to Improve Your Fitness in the Workplace

  • September 19, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Sitting facing a window is probably my #1 priority in an office. While I might sit there staring out the window sometimes, my overall productivity must be better than if I was in a closed-off cubicle.

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