(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s a new year. Time for resolutions. Time for making changes. And if you’re like most Americans, your goals may include dropping a few pounds. So, you stock your fridge with fresh fruits and veggies, and you tell your family of your plans to steer clear of the breadbasket. But, is that enough?
If you work in an office setting – or any setting with other people and gathering places that involve munchies, for that matter – then you probably need to take one additional big step when it comes to battling the waistline bulge. That’s right, you need to make some positive changes in your work environment.
Sometimes it’s harder to make changes at the office than at home. It can involve telling your co-workers of your plans to slim down, and that isn’t easy. It means walking past the smorgasbord of chips and salsa while your colleagues indulge, and that really isn’t easy. But, taking a few proactive steps in your workplace can make all the difference when it comes to meeting your weight-loss goals. Try a few of these tips to see if you can keep your office life from sabotaging your health and fitness goals this year.
- Buddy Up –Researchers at Brown University report that people who start a weight-loss plan with a buddy shed more pounds than those who fly solo. So, why not partner with someone in your workplace? Find a pal at work who will encourage you to take the stairs instead of the elevator and grab a banana rather than the potato chips calling your name from the vending machine.
- Brown-bag It – Eating lunch in a restaurant day after day, or even buying pre-made sandwiches from the deli cart, can add up to a lot of excess calories. Each night, prepare your lunch for the next day, so that you won’t be running around in the morning snatching anything in sight. Prepare a lunch that includes protein, carbs, and vegetables. Maybe a green salad with grilled chicken on top. Bring a piece of fresh fruit and a handful of nuts for a snack when that mid-afternoon slump hits.
- Do Some Research – While packing your lunch is an ideal solution, we all know that it won’t happen every day of the week. Chances are, you’ll be cruising through the drive-thru sometime soon. So, why not be proactive about it? Look for grilled chicken sandwiches or baked potatoes on the menus of your favorite fast food joints. Check their calorie counts on the Internet ahead of time and make a quick list of top choices for eating on the road.
- Get Moving – At least once per hour, make a point to move around, especially if your job is sedentary. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends setting an alarm clock until you get in the habit of taking a minute to move every hour. Walk around the building. Do some push-ups against the wall. Stretch your arms and back. You’ll feel energized when you return to work, and you may just burn a few calories while you’re at it.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.