Get in shape with Time Out’s ultimate guide to working out while you work
Time Out Bahrain staff
Practically everyone and their grandma sign up for the gym in January, barrel-like from Christmas turkey and unable to stand up straight thanks to the tonne of lard they consumed over the festive period. For most people, it is a complete waste of money. Few people return after the first time, put off by the ripped sweaty regulars that dominate the free weights and cardio machines.
Fortunately, you don’t need a gym membership to lose the flab and start looking normal again. There are simple ways that you can slim down, tone up and sweat it out without ever having to see a gym instructor. Time Out Bahrain tells you how.
Take the stairs
Some mornings you might find it an ordeal simply to stand up in the lift, let alone consider walking up to the office. But walking up stairs is one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do, while being a winner for those looking to tone their legs. It won’t take long to adjust to the exercise and the results will be almost instant: more energy in the office, better circulation, finding it easier to breathe and even weight loss if you stick at it.
Get a dog and walk it
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise, and part of the reason we are all so fat is because of all the escalators, elevators, cars, planes and buses that shift us from place to place without us having to move a limb. One of the best ways to ensure that you walk regularly is to buy a yapping dog, which acts as a constant reminder if you have forgotten to take your daily ramble.
Wash the car
Although having your car washed in Bahrain is as cheap as chips, the cost to your health could be dear if that is the only form of exercise that your slovenly body might have otherwise endured. The great thing about washing a car is that it involves all of the things that an aerobics class does: stretching, cardio and muscle training. And if you polish your car afterwards it has double the effect. So pop on a CD and do the carwash a couple of times a week and you’ll soon feel that stomach shrink.
Park your car a short walk from the office
Most people feel like driving their car through the glass wall of the lobby when they can’t find a place to park in the office car park. Fit people jump for joy when they are forced to park a good 500 metres from the where they work. Walking, even if it’s only short distance each day, can transform a perennial paunch into a flat pack.
Walk around the office instead of emailing
The internet is an amazing invention: you can send a letter to someone on the other side of the world in less than a second. Most people, however, spend their time emailing memos to their colleagues across the other side of the office, which somewhat defeats the purpose of having a voice. If you have something to say, go over and say it. The amount of effort taken to heave yourself out of your chair and stand beside them could well be just enough to keep your BMI under obese.
Ditch the TV remote
Picture a fat person. More often than not they will be sat on the couch with a vast bucket of fries and clutching a TV remote. The invention of the remote control gave people the excuse to remain stationery for lengthy periods of the day, precisely the conditions that lead to obesity. By ditching the remote and standing up each time you need to change channels you can combine watching your favourite programme with some moderate exercise. Just make sure you also ditch the fries.
Eat breakfast, have a light lunch, drink water
It is amazing the number of people who convince themselves that missing breakfast is a good way to diet. Each night you starve your body, your morning meal being that which breaks the fast. If you skip breakfast your body switches to starvation mode and starts desperately building up stores of fat. Meaning that whatever you eat for lunch is going to go straight to your thighs. The fittest people in the world have a hearty breakfast and a light lunch. If you are feeling peckish through the day, make sure you keep a few bottles of water on your desk to swig on. As anyone in the health industry will tell you, no one is healthy until they are hydrated. Got a great idea for an office workout? We want to hear! Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pop the best on the web!