You already know you should move more. You are aware that a sedentary lifestyle has negative long-term impacts on your health, but you feel glued to your desk chair for hours on end. What if you could burn more calories every day by adding some simple movements into your routine, even while sitting at your desk?
Here are 8 simple ways to burn more calories throughout your work day.
How many times do you walk to the printer in a day? While you are waiting for a document to print, you could use the time to do some calf raises! You could also do this while you’re waiting at the microwave. Simply step up on your tip toes, squeeze your calves and release, dropping your feet flat on the floor again. Do this consistently for a whole minute, and you’ve burned 5 extra calories!
You can do this one while you are sitting or standing, but probably easier to do when standing. Squeeze your glutes for 5 seconds and release. Do this for ten reps, and you are burning about 4 calories. Do this once each hour of your work day, and you can burn up to 35 extra calories while sitting at your desk!
Leg raises are another great way to burn more calories throughout your day. While sitting in your office chair, raise both legs up to a 90 degree angle with your body, and then slowly drop back down. This is a great one because it uses both your leg muscles and strengthens your core. Do this consistently for a minute, and you could burn up to 5 calories.