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The office workout: Ways to stay fit while you’re at work

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Stay fit at the office

Though you might feel like staying fit while working in an office all day is impossible, there are several things you can do to stay in shape. You still need to incorporate some exercise away from the workplace, but these fitness tips will help you get in a little workout at the office.

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Walk or bike to work

If at all possible, walk or bike to work (or at least part of the way). Walking to workNot only will you get your exercise, but you will also be able to cut down on your gasoline consumption. You'll save money -- plus, it's good for the environment.

Pick a bad parking spot

Pick a parking spot a few blocks away from your office and get in a brisk walk on your way into work. If you leave the office after dark, only do this if your walking route is in a safe, well-lit area.

Take the stairs

The most obvious way to get fit while you are at work is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you work in a high-rise building, take the elevator halfway up and take the stairs the rest of the way.

Sit on an exercise ball

While sitting at your desk, sit on an exercise ball instead of your office chair for a couple hours a day. You will have to use your stomach and back muscles to sit straight and not fall off.

Power-walk on your lunch hour

Instead of driving to the local cafe for lunch, power-walk instead. Even 30 minutes of power-walking (15 minutes in each direction) will make a difference over time.

Stretch your back

Stretch your back

Whenever your eyes need a break from the computer, stand up and do some back extensions and twists to relieve stress and get in a little physical activity.

squeeze your butt

Tone and trim your gluteous maximus while you are sitting at your desk by squeezing and releasing your butt muscles as quickly as you can. This is a simple exercise that you can do almost without thinking.
Cycle exerciser

Use a cycle exerciser

Place a mini workout machine under your desk to pedal away the pounds just as if you were on a stationary bike.

Organize an office sports team

Put together a softball, volleyball or other sports team with your officemates and play in the evenings after work. You will be more likely to exercise if you are part of a team. And it's fun!

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