Having a mini gym in the office is a great way to relieve some stress of just stay in shape between meetings. Doing moves like triceps dips and step-ups while you’re on a work conference call keeps the blood moving and keeps me sharp. One of the best parts is that anyone can do it. Whether you are a software engineer who is confined to an office or a stay at home mom or dad that with a houseful of kids who allow little space for a home gym due to all the Legos and Barbies scattered about. Really, this is about having a spot to work out wherever you spend the most time no matter how big of small the space is.
Think about it, you probably spend close to 10 hours a day at work, and since in most cases it’s impractical to squeeze a cardio machine into your office it makes sense to have some sort of physical exercise mixed in there somewhere. While it is great that you are getting exercise during this time, it is also important to make effective use of the 5 or 10 minutes you have between meetings or diaper changings. So, here are some tips on how to make the most of that precious little time:
Think Simple – Choose fitness equipment that is easy to use and doesn’t require a lot of setup. Try several forms of resistance. Think about using ankle weights, dumbbells, weighted balls and rubber tubing to keep your workout varied.
Start Collecting DVDs – Fitness DVDs can help you break out of a rut. You can usually find these at bargain basement prices. Maybe they don’t have latest sex symbol on the cover, but you are there for the workout and not for the pretty faces.
It’s a Numbers Game – When jogging, I find it motivating to use something that keeps track of my stats. Tools like the Nike and iPod combo allow you to track your workout stats on your iPod via a disc in your shoe. Polar and Timex have similar products at varying price points. It’s encouraging for me to see the distance that I traveled and how many calories I have burned.
Keep in mind that when planning your workout space that you are going to have to store your gear. I like using little cubbies. This way everything get neatly tucked away when not in use, yet it is visible. Seeing the equipment every few minutes reminds me to take advantage of it.