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7 Ways to Fight Office Flab

7 Ways to Fight Office Flab

Chelsea Bush | DivineCaroline

May 26, 2010

4) Fire Your Office Chair

Ever realize you’ve been hunched at your desk for hours, neck craned forward as you peer into your computer? Do you spend an entire commute slumped over the steering wheel with one elbow cocked up on the armrest? Add your laptop bag or briefcase to the mix and you have a recipe for postural disaster.

When you get tired of looking like the office vulture, get to work on strengthening your core. Not only will strong glutes keep you upright effortlessly, but strong back and abdominal muscles—also part of your core—will help you carry heavy loads with balance.

The great thing is you can work your core at work: just trade your office chair for a balance ball. Not keen on rolling a ball into work? Keep one in your home office or in front of the TV. “Sitting on an exercise ball, your body is constantly making small adjustments with the postural muscles, abdominals, gluteals, and leg muscles,” explains Wendy Bumgardner. “It is ‘active sitting’ rather than the slumping and poor posture we develop even in ergonomic desk chairs.”

5) Stay Fit on Business Trips

Don’t forsake fitness when you’re traveling for work! It’s not easy to focus on exercise when you have a full agenda in a foreign city, but there are simple things you can do to stay active. Try easy workouts in your hotel room (Kim Kardashian offers a few winners in her Fit in Your Jeans by Friday DVDs). You might choose to rent a bike or walk instead of hailing a cab. Make sure to read Fit Bottomed Girls’ list of fitness items to pack.

6) Avoid the Sedentary Trap

Many professional women confess that exercise helps them deal with job stress and long commutes. And while a daily gym or jogging session is great, you need more than an hour of activity to stay fit—especially if you work up to ten-hour days on your rump like many Americans.

“If you think your once-a-day training session counteracts the hours you spend sitting, think again,” warns athletic expert Tia Albright.

It’s easier than you think to steal extra training time: commute to work via foot or bicycle a few days a week. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk around the block on your lunch break. And for heaven’s sake, don’t trample the grass just to shave a minute off your trip into the building!

In the office, keep moving. Get up to refill your water bottle every hour (stretch your legs and avoid dehydration—both make for improved productivity). Have face-to-face conversations instead of emailing your coworkers as often as possible. For more tips on staying active beyond the gym’s walls, has a great guide.

7) Use Your Workplace Wellness Program

As women take on more and more responsibility at work and in their personal lives, workplace wellness is gaining momentum. Find out if your company has a wellness program, or if they’d be willing to start one. Last summer my employer sent me and several of my coworkers to a nature wellness retreat for working, stressed-to-the-max women. It sounded a little weird to me but turned out to be amazing and—for being only two days—it was infinitely rejuvenating.

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