Work it, girl! {the power of the office workout}

office workouts

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Finally, finally, finally! It is warming up where I live and perfect weather for outdoor runs.  But a long-lingering winter taught me a valuable lesson and put a new tool in my health and fitness journey toolbox: The Office Workout.

Office workouts became my new “thing” while Old Man Winter wouldn’t let go. And now that spring is here – and with it rain showers and thunderstorms, I have come to find myself rocking my office workouts even when there is no snow on the ground.  I am fortunate to have a job where I have my own office, and where the two other women in my department often leave the building on their lunch hour. This gives me a perfect opportunity to crank out a quick workout right in my office. I even usually leave my door open because if someone comes into our department who needs assistance, I want to be able to help them out. Once, when my boss was returning from lunch, she walked by my door in the middle of a tabata-style jump squat session and said “you keep doing what you’re doing. Good for you!”  The draw back is picking up the phone to answer a call, out of breath.

My new go-to source for office workouts is Fitness Blender. Do you guys know about this yet? FREE online video workouts of all kinds. I fire the site up on my computer or on the iPad, make a selection, hit play and off I go. You can search through them all depending on whether you want upper or lower body, cardio, HIIT, core, yoga, kickboxing. You name it! The moves are easy to follow. Videos vary in length so you can pick one to fit your window of time. I have done a 30 min Booty Bootcamp, a 20 min HIIT and a few 15 min cardio workouts. They even give you the option of printing the entire workout out in case you want to take it with you to the gym  or bring it home with you.

I keep a set of 1-lb dumbbells in the office, and resistance bands and a pair of sneakers. All of it comes in handy for squeezing in a workout!

My other go-to office workout are Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds videos on YouTube, also free. You can find one to match the time you have available. Yes, she may be annoying at times but say what you want about her, she delivers a good cardio session.

While you are on YouTube, if you search for “workout videos,”  you will be amazed at how many are available, of all types and lengths, and most all are free.

Don’t forget, there are all sorts of handy dandy phone apps you could also be using for an office workout.

The extra bonus to working out in the office? Increased energy for the rest of the afternoon! Who doesn’t need that from time to time?

Have you ever worked out in the office? Let us hear from you in the comments!

 

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  • jillya

    My friend and I do “bathroom bootcamp” at work. Every time we go to the bathroom we do 25 squats, 25 push ups (against the sink ledge) and then a 1-minute wall sit. Sometimes I’ll sneak into a conference room to do the wall sits and then I’ll add a 1-miute plank as well. I got ot the bathroom 5-6 times a day so I get in at least 100 squats/push-ups per day w/o much extra effort. Let me just say that wallsits are HARD in high heels!

    • Mary P. in Baltimore

      What a fabulous idea! I have done some wall-push ups in the ladies room before but I love your idea of the wall sits and squats! Going to give it a try!

  • AnnG

    I love that you are rocking a workout at work! Keep it up!

    Gonna have to check out those videos! They sound great!

    • Mary P. in Baltimore

      Thanks, Ann! Yes, be sure to check them out. You won’t be disappointed!