Diary of a Fit Woman: Fight Work With Fitness

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The stresses of life can cause you to eat one too many slices of pizza in order to cope. Long hours spent at work drain your energy, and before you know it, you’re on the couch having a beer instead of working out.

Work can be an enemy to your health goals if you allow it to be, as we spend most of our time during the week working to pay the bills.

Unfortunately, work is where the good intentions of a lot of goal-focused people are tempted go out of the window. Despite packing a lunch of healthy, weight-loss friendly food, even the most determined person can get sidetracked by a free donut or two.

Here are three tips to help you stay on track to better health while at work.

1. Watch what you drink.

An easy way to pack on extra weight is to drink your calories. We drink and drink and drink until we cannot drink anymore, and the next thing you know, we’re packing on pounds. A simple but very effective way to cut calories instantly is to switch to drinking nothing but water while you’re at work. If you absolute must have something other than H2O, watch how you’re jazzing up that cup of tea or coffee. Do you really need 5 packets of sugar? Exactly how many tablespoons of honey did you just add to your green tea? Little tweaks to reduce your sugar intake can add up to a smaller waistline.

2. Steer clear of the office treats. 

This is one area where I struggle! There’s nothing like a good chocolate chip cookie and it’s even better when it’s free! If you work in an office where food is around all the time, or you have coworkers who love to go out to lunch, it can be hard to stick to a clean diet. This is where that good old determination and focus kicks in. You have to make a choice to say “no” and stick to it. Talk to your coworkers about your goals and hopefully, they will be kind enough to not tempt you.

3. Get up and move.

Another way we pack on pounds at work is by being sedentary. Your body burns more calories while standing versus sitting. But the way our offices are designed, sitting is the most efficient way to get things done. Try to make an effort to get up every hour and walk, even if it’s just to the bathroom. If your office building has a big lobby, try walking a couple of laps while you skim through your favorite social media sites. If you are lucky enough to have a gym in your office building, switch into your sneakers and walk or run on the treadmill for 15 minutes. It will impact your energy level for the rest of the day.

Your job doesn’t have to stand in the way of your health goals and you can do so much more than just remember to pack a healthy lunch everyday. Making these small changes while you’re at work will add up to big time results when working toward a healthier, fitter you.

Reneé DuBose is a Chicago media professional who was bitten by the health and fitness bug a few years ago. On her journey to get and stay fit, she started a health and wellness blog to share her tips with friends, family and anyone needing help. Visit The Fit Print and keep up with her on Instagram @theFitPrint.