Fitness Formation column

Ryan Donohue outside his Fitness Formation premises.
Ryan Donohue outside his Fitness Formation premises.

Unfortunately, we have to work for a living. Most of us, anyway.

I’m lucky enough to be on my feet for most of my day. I’m constantly moving. I’m more alert. I’m more productive, and I’m more focused. I burn more calories, too. Some of you reading this won’t have that luxury.

Many will be desk bound for most of the working day. You may have to travel a lot of miles to get to and from work. You may have tight deadlines to meet. This week’s column will to give you a few tips on how to turn the working day in your favour.

Swap your desk chair for a desk ball. Sitting on a swiss or gym ball engages your core meaning you can increase calorie burn by six per cent - seven per cent during your eight hour working day.

Get up and move. If you need to speak to Steve in accounts, get up and walk there.

Don’t email or phone him. And take the long way round. Studies suggest that this can increase productivity by 11-12 per cent.

Drink water. Cold water. It can increase your calorie burning capabilities by 25-30 per cent for around 30 minutes after, especially when your metabolism is at it’s lowest. More often or not, this is around mid-morning, and mid-afternoon. Avoid the slump.

Take public transport. Get off a stop or two earlier and get a metabolic kick start before you begin your day. Not to mention getting some of that crisp, winter morning air.

Listen to music. Uplifting and inspiring music can lead to improvements of up to 15 per cent. Perfect, if you have a spare five to 10 minutes, to get you revved up for the day ahead.

Just don’t treat everyone around you to a sing song, if you use public transport.

Be prepared. If you know you have a busy day or week ahead, prep your meals the evening before or during the weekend, for consumption during your working day. This way, you won’t be tempted to take a trip to the local shop to sample the underwhelming menu, or more importantly, skip it all together.

Some helpful tips for daily living and weight loss. Some helpful tips for you to use in your working day.

Integrate some of the above tips into your day, and see if they work for you. Small, daily improvements lead to staggering long term results.