Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last ten years, you would have heard about the current “obesity epidemic”, as it’s officially been deemed by the World Health Organisation. The picture isn't too healthy down under with Australians claiming the title of the fourth fattest nation in the world, behind the US, Mexico and New Zealand.
But when you consider our $644 million weight loss services industry, you would not be blamed for wondering why this huge amount of money is being thrown into gyms, fitness clubs, personal trainers, weight loss program specialists and nutrition experts in spite. Has it really become so difficult for Kiwis to maintain a healthy weight? It’s more than likely that the increasing number of overweight and obese people in the country has something to do with the increasingly busy lifestyles we lead on a day-to-day basis. Having a busy full-time job, especially one that keeps you glued to a desk all day, can make it difficult to find time and ways to keep fit. But it’s possible to enjoy your office job while looking and feeling great at the same time.
Here are some tips to keep you fit and happily employed:
1. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Try to increase the amount of walking included in your daily commute. For example, hop out of the bus at the stop before your usual one or, when driving to work, park your car at the stop furthest from the entrance to add a few extra minutes of exercise to you day.
2. Throughout the day, try to get out of your seat and walk around every 30 minutes or so to boost circulation. This could be as simple as going to grab a drink of water or to speak to a colleague rather than making a phone call every time.
3. If your building provides facilities, such as a pool or a gym, take advantage! Even if there isn’t one in your building, find out where the closest gym/pool/fitness club is and try to visit them during your lunch break or after work. Once you make a habit of it, it will become second-nature.
Watch the food
4. Pack your own lunches instead of relying on nearby takeaways and restaurants, which make it difficult to count calories because you never know how much of what ingredient goes into what you’re eating.
5. Bring a few ‘just in case’ snacks so that you don’t end up indulging in calorie-dense prepackaged items like chocolate bars or potato chips. Some healthy snacks include apples, a handful of nuts, baby carrots or a small tub of yoghurt.
6. It’s also important to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. This keeps the food cravings at bay and helps you stay fresh and alert.
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