Getting Beach Body Ready Behind our iMacs

Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, June is knocking on our door and summer is officially upon us. If you work a desk job like we do, you probably don't notice much change, other than the more humid than usual mornings and the sizzling walk to the car in the evenings. What you probably notice more though is just how much you sit at your desk, day after day, waiting for it to be the weekend so you can head out to play in the sunshine with your kids or family. Of course, sitting at your desk 40 hours a week can take a toll. Lucky for you, we've found a few pointers for keeping those buns in shape, (albeit some more serious than others) even while you slave away behind the iMac. 

1. Laugh more. Laughing is known to burn calories. We won't tell you who or what to laugh at though, you can use your own discretion. 

2. Stack a few books under your computer monitor and convert your workspace to a standing desk. Sitting for long periods of time does countless terrible things to your body, or so we've been told. If you don't actually stand up more at your desk, at least you've thought about standing more. 

3. Replace your desk chair with a yoga ball. Do people really do this? We've yet to have someone at our office pull the trigger on this one, but someone's got to start to the trend. This one specifically might be the coolest desk chair we've ever seen. Namaste. 

4. Plyometrics during a conference call. Because why not? You're probably on mute anyways. 

5. Take a lap, or laps, around the office building outside during lunch. Getting just a few minutes of fresh air every day can really help reenergize you for the afternoon, plus it's a few extra steps!

6. Company FitBit competition. Speaking of steps, convince your boss to get every employee a FitBit or JawBone and create some sort of incentive for most steps taken. Cheers to a friendly competition, and healthy employees!

7. Synchronized stretching. Every hour, you should be standing up, stretching, getting a drink of water, and giving your eyes a break from the computer screen.

8. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. How many times do you get on the elevator with someone, only to hear them say, "two please." Come on. 

9. Hold a walking meeting. If you've got a long conversation that needs to be had and computers aren't needed, take that chat outside and walk it out. You're more likely to be a little more creative when you're on the move. 

10. Start a group lunch service. This is actually something a coworker of ours has already implemented a few times and it seems to be quite popular. She'll create a healthy meal for whoever is interested, and charge accordingly. It takes the stress out of packing a lunch, and she's always good about providing the calorie count.

It can be tough to feel like you're moving throughout the work day, but every little bit helps. Even if your exercise includes walking to get nachos once a week, we won't tell. 

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