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Work out at work

February 14, 2017

New clothes: check. Accommodation: check. Flights: check!

Just when it seems like you’ve finally conquered that manic pre-holiday checklist that pesky ‘get beach-body ready’ (or even ‘dad-bod ready’) task is still lingering, clinging to the bottom of the checklist, before disappearing off it completely.

So in an act of unbelievable last-ditch heroics, The Leisure Lounge has devised some cunning ways to work out while you’re at work and make those little improvements before you jet off on your holidays… before time runs out altogether!

Ever been unfortunate enough to hear an ominous rip as you stretched your stretchy jeans a little too far? Your button bursting off in public is just about level 100 on the humiliation scale. Have they shrunk in the wash? I’m sure all the shops have started making clothes smaller!

It’s all too simple to think ‘it’s not me’, but sadly more often than not a reality check is in order. It’s not easy and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, but get in shape this summer and you’ll never look back.

“I’m too busy”

Thinking (or just saying) you’re too busy for a work out is one of the most common excuses around; experts recommend that we exercise for 30-minutes five times a week, so get set to make space in your diary. For lots of us, lunch breaks are a quick dash to the shops followed by an al desko lunch, whereas this can be the ideal slot for a moderate workout. Go on a brisk half-hour walk on your lunchtime! Do this every day and you’ll soon see and feel the difference all over.

Run Forest, run!

Running is a great way to stay active, but not everyone can slide on their sneakers and run constantly for 30-minutes, don’t forget it’s fine to slow down to a brisk walk if you get a stitch or need to catch your breathe. But try not to come to a complete stop – it only makes it more difficult! Feeling super-active? Step it up a notch and go for a run.

Probably not advisable to those who don’t have shower facilities in the office! Keep this up three or four times a week and you’ll soon be in shape for summer.

Let it burn

We burn calories all the time, but making small adjustments to the things we do every day can really make an impact on your weight. If you’re looking for that perfect beach bod but you’re not quite ready to embrace the great outdoors, try these simple life-hacks for the office to get closer to your goals.

Forgotten the stairs exist, and started a love affair with the lift? Time to break it off! Go up and down the stairs at a moderate pace to burn extra calories and give your quads, hamstring, glutes and calves a work time workout.

You spend most of your day sitting down; why not try a wall sit? Stand with your back against the wall, bend your knees and slide down the wall until your knees are at a 90 degrees and parallel with the floor. Hold for 60-seconds.

Do this every day to strengthen your leg and core muscles. Whatever work out you choose, the most important thing to remember – don’t give up. Stick with it and your jeans will go from stretched to the extreme to a perfect-fitting dream in no time at all!

Jack O'RiordanView all posts

    Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.