Trying to develop a regular fitness routine can present challenges. Busy schedules can sometimes make it difficult to find time to workout. But, what if you could workout while on the job. Just imagine: losing 5 or 10 pounds, while just sitting at your desk.
Getting fit while working isn’t a new idea, but the idea seems to be making a comeback. Recently, there has been a growth of fitness equipment designed for the office worker — many of whom spend the majority of their day sitting. Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle, of sitting and no physical activity, can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, high-blood pressure, and diabetes, to name a few.
In prior years, we’ve seen the standing desks, but now treadmill desks and bike desks, are becoming more common. Office workers can still be productive, while reaping the benefits of daily exercise. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that workers, who walked on treadmill workstations, burned nearly 8% more calories each day than sitting.
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommends the following for adults ages 18 – 64:
- at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week, of aerobic physical activity
- 2 days a week of strengthening activities: lifting weights, push-ups or sit-ups
If you’d like to get fit while working, check out the following resources, on where to purchase fitness equipment (some models are pretty pricey):