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In the traditional office, it has become so easy to just call or email a person. For the most part, we don't talk face to face anymore. A sad result is that we don't move as much. To be healthier, get up & go see the co-worker in person. If possible, take a flight of stairs instead of the elevator.
I'm lucky enough to work where there is a large family restroom. EVERY time I visit (no excuses!), I set a timer to 2 minutes and do some intense cardio. This is enough to get my heart rate up and boost my metabolism throughout the day. Since I drink so much water, I burn about 150 calories/day!
There are those days when you just don't feel like working out. We all have them. It's during those moments that we have a choice--Ditch the workout, or JUST DO IT. I find that whenever I do the activity, I never ever have regrets & I always feel better! Visualization is the key.
Exercising before a meal such as dinner has always helped me eat less. After sweating it out, you're less likely to gorge on fattening foods. It completely takes my appetite away & gives me a great burst of energy! Try it!
If you want to burn extra calories, read a book, paper, magazine while on the treadmill. Set the incline at 5% and 2MPH and you will burn 156 calories in 30 min. You would have to walk at a 15min mile to burn the same calories
Everyone is short on time and long commutes do not help with this! To fit in some strength training on the freeway, I have created a series of arm movements (one at a time, of course) that I can do while driving. These involve pulsing pushing arm circles etc. Just put on some music and experiment!