Burn Calories At Work

March 11, 2013 in Blog

By Kevin Charles

One of the top reasons people say they don’t work out is that they just don’t have the time, and with work taking up so much of our lives these days, it’s no wonder. But what if you could exercise and burn calories while at work? And we’re not talking about going to your workplace gym. It may sound too good to be true but adding some activity to your work day can burn hundreds of calories and help you meet your weight loss goals.

The easiest way to burn additional calories throughout the day is to fidget. Fidgeting is a form of non-exercise activity thermogenesis or NEAT. NEAT refers to all physical activity that is not structured or purposeful. This can include standing up, swinging your legs or jiggling your feet at your desk and even chewing gum. Incorporating NEAT throughout your day can lead to a loss of hundreds of calories per day. A study published in the January 2006 issue of “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology’ noted that fidgeting increases your resting metabolism by almost 100 percent. That means that if you’re burning 70 calories an hour sitting down, you’ll burn an extra 70 calories in that hour just by tapping your toes. While that may not seem like a lot, it’s still six pounds of fat loss a year without you leaving your desk.

If you want to add even more activity to your day find a stairwell at your workplace and get climbing. You’ll burn an average of 30 calories by walking up stairs for one minute and then coming back down. Do that three times a day and you’ve burned an additional 90 calories without breaking a sweat. Climbing stairs will also give your legs and glutes a workout. Just make sure to keep your hands off the rails and really make your body work to climb those steps.

Whenever possible, you should also add extra steps to your day. If you drive, park one or two minutes further from work or get off the bus one or two stops before your workplace. While at work try to use the restroom that is furthest from your desk. Instead of buying lunch in the cafeteria, try walking to a nearby healthy restaurant. Aim to take at least 10,000 steps per day and you can burn anywhere between 250 to 600 calories a day.

Incorporating all these activities in your work day can add up to hundreds of burned calories per day. If you consider that just a 350 calorie burn a day can add up to a pound of fat loss every 10 days, it’s easy to see that real weight loss is achievable in for the busiest of workers.