5 Ways to Stay Active While Workin’ the 9-5
We always say that change is good [+ it is!] but we all know that sometimes it just doesn’t feel that way — like when you finish your final exams + have about two weeks of *summer* before you start working your full time internship. All of a sudden, you don’t get home until 6 PM, you’re starving + need dinner, your friends are begging you to go out, + all you want is to sleep until tomorrow. Squeezing in a workout on top of all of that seems impossible.
You may not have time for an hour-long sweat sesh every day after work, but there ARE ways [both big + small] you can keep up with your fitness + health!
#1] TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR DESK
Sitting for eight hours is not healthy for anyone. Every hour or so, just get up + take a lap around your office//building. Walk up + down the nearest staircase a couple times. Take a walk outside during your lunch break. Stepping away from your work is not only great for your mental health, but it will also give your body a chance to stretch + get your blood flowing!
#2] GET UP EARLY
If you’re a morning person, get a quick workout in before you even start your workday! Afterwards, you’ll feel refreshed, awake + ready for the eight-hour day that lies ahead of you. Need some tips on how to become a morning person? We’ve got covered.
#3] KEEP A GYM BAG IN YOUR CAR
For those who are not morning people, this might be a more appealing option. You can go straight to the gym once you get off work, + you’ll skip rush hour traffic. It’s a win-win. You won’t really have an excuse to go home + *change into workout clothes*– aka be tempted to lie on the couch + fall victim to a Netflix marathon.
#4] WORK OUT AT HOME
Now, if you don’t have time for the gym, your apartment or house works just fine. It saves you time from traveling to + from the gym. You can power through a 20-minute workout [like the Full Body Tone!], right in your living room — no equipment needed!
#5] STOP MAKING EXCUSES
Pretty simple, right? Once you get to the real world + the majority of your day is spent working, time management becomes an essential skill. You DO have the time — it all comes down to your priorities. You have 24 hours [just like Beyonce ; )] + you have to decide how you’re going to spend them. You could binge watch Netflix + feel tired all evening. OR, you could get up + MOVE, even if it means taking the stairs to your cubicle every day. Always remember that the little things make a big difference in the end. You are the only person stopping yourself from making the healthiest choices for you.
Besides, now is as good a time as any to start forming these habits. When you graduate + land that amazing first full-time job, you’ll already know how to make your health + fitness a priority despite your jam-packed schedule. ++ if you can do that, you’ll be able to maintain an active lifestyle for the rest of your life.
+ Christina [@christi_inchaarg], OSU CHAARG