Today I am sharing some ideas for workout outfits. Comfortable exercise clothes are so important. I like them to be fitted so they aren’t in danger of catching on anything or tripping me, but not so snug they make me self-conscious.
As a kid I never struggled to exercise as a natural part of my day. We were always playing outside. Even into college, walking to class easily added 10,000 steps or more to my day. But once I started my corporate office job, I had to really work to find opportunities to exercise.
As an actuary, I spend my days at my computer or in meetings. In the early days, I spent my nights studying for the tests required for my professional designation. There wasn’t much time left over, and hitting the gym wasn’t my idea of a fun way to spend what little spare time I had. So I started looking for ways to build as much natural exercise into my days as possible.
Some of these ideas are common sense, but do take a few extra minutes. Parking in the lot further from the office building adds steps on the way to work and the way home. Taking a 15 minutes break to walk around our office building at a brisk pace allowed me to get in about a miles worth of steps. Often I’d have a co-worker join me and we’d spend a meeting that would otherwise be spent in a conference room on our feet instead.
I had some co-workers who climbed the stairs in the tallest building in my office complex over their lunch break – 12 stories. I never picked up that habit, as I was concerned about getting too sweaty in the middle of the day.
A quick google search can produce lots of ideas for basic exercises you can do at your desk, though you may get some funny looks from anyone walking by. Here’s one example:
Amazon also has come books on desk exercising. The Kindle version of this one has been free some days lately:
In 2016, my family and I moved to Kentucky and I began doing my same job from home instead of the corporate office space. While there are many great benefits of working from home, the downside is that it is literally 7 steps from my office to the bathroom, 20 steps from my bedroom to my office, and 40 steps from my office to the refrigerator.
I knew I would need some better ways to build exercise into my day, and my top choice was a treadmill desk. A friend had one similar to the treadmill desk I ultimately bought (same brand, different style), and really liked it. If you’ve never seen a treadmill desk, they are basically a treadmill integrated with a large workspace desk. The treadmill will not go very fast since you can’t work and run at the same time. Mine has a maximum speed of 2.0 mph, which seems to be just right.
This is the one I purchased:
When I checked recently it was out of stock. The bi-level desk does take quite a bit of space. I knew that I would need a sitting desk too, since I work all day and couldn’t very well walk non-stop. If you only needed to use the desk a few hours at most, this one is essentially the same without the sitting desk section. I do NOT recommend walking in heels, like the model is doing!
While the treadmill works great for me, it does take quite a while to reach my goal step count each day. If you want a faster workout, you could consider an exercise bike with a desk, or under-desk pedals. I don’t own these, so can’t recommend how well these work, but they have good reviews.
I had intended to use a regular office chair at my sitting desk, but right before we moved one of my team members told me about a balance ball chair that she uses at home. I ended up ordering one, thinking that I’d use it for part of the day and then switch to something more comfortable, but I actually really like the chair and use it anytime I am sitting down. When I am in meetings, I usually sit down because I do think the treadmill is a little too loud to have in the background.
Here is how it looks in my home office:
One other note – my treadmill was delivered by a semi-truck that pulled up to our house. With the treadmill I purchased, there was an option to have it assembled at no additional cost. I was curious how that would work. The assembly scheduling was all handled online, and then a guy showed up right on time, and put it all together for me. I highly recommend the free assembly – it worked GREAT for me.
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