Looking to lighten your work day and kick-start the fat burning process? If so, you will want to check into how you can burn more calories while at work. Given the fact you spend eight to ten hours a day at work, you need to be doing whatever you can to maximize your calorie burn. Otherwise, you will be left trying to boost your burn in the few hours of free time you do get during the day.
Need a little help getting started? Here are four “sneaky” ways to burn more calories before the work day is up…
1. Sit On An Exercise Ball. Consider swapping out your usual desk chair with an exercise ball instead. Not only will this up your calorie burn as you will be engaging more muscle fibers to keep yourself balanced on the ball, but you will also strengthen your core at the same time.
An exercise ball makes for a perfect desk chair. Try sitting on it one hour a day and then slowly add hour-increments from there. Just don’t sit on it for 8 hours straight one day or you will be in severe pain the next day due to lack of muscle endurance.
2. Get Up To Drink Water. Drinking enough water during the day is essential, and now you can turn your water drinking into a practice of calorie burning as well.
Keep a small one-cup water bottle on your desk at all times and aim to drink one bottle per hour. Each hour, get up and walk to the water fountain to refill it; this will force you to get up. Then you will get more activity in while staying hydrated.
3. Use The Bathroom On Another Floor. With all the water drinking comes some bathroom breaks. Start making an effort to use a bathroom on a different floor. By getting up and walking a few sets of stairs to use the bathroom, you will burn a few calories in the process.
4. Meet A Co-Worker For A Brisk Lunch Walk. Finally, if you want to up your activity during the work day, schedule a walking date with a co-worker. Make a pact to meet up for 30 minutes during the lunch hour and take a brisk walk: this will still leave you with 15 to 30 minutes to eat your lunch at your desk when you return.
Keep these tips in mind and start finding little ways during the work day so you can boost your calorie burn. It all adds up over time and will significantly improve your weight loss efforts.