If you work outdoors, you might get enough exercise during the day to help you maintain a healthy physique. But if you're stuck at your desk Monday through Friday, it's easy to be discouraged with your sedentary lifestyle and reach for another can of soda or a chocolate chip muffin. Burning enough calories at the office to help whittle your waist is tricky but possible with some strategic workouts.
Walking is one of the simplest ways to burn calories, and because it doesn't require you to change into athletic clothing or use any equipment, it's ideal to do at work. During your commute, board the bus a couple stops from your home and the office, and if you drive, park a few blocks from work. During the workday, walk to your colleagues' desks instead of calling them or emailing them and, during your lunch break, take a few laps around the block.
Climbing stairs is one of the fastest ways to burn calories to help you maintain a healthy physique. While you don't want to climb stairs to the point of sweating through your clothing, taking the stairs will help you whittle away at your waist. If your office building has stairs and a ramp leading up to it, take the stairs. If you normally take the elevator, switch to the stairs. Like most workout regimens, you won't notice a different in your waist instantly, but stick with it and you'll see results.
Sure, your colleagues might wonder about the noise coming from your cubicle, but performing a few calisthenics during your breaks can help you burn calories. Work clothing isn't suitable for all calisthenics, but try exercises such as jumping jacks, running on the spot, lunges and squats -- just be careful not to split your pants. If your workplace isn't exactly conducive to a quick workout, try it outdoors or even in a private stairwell.
Many large companies have on-site gym facilities for employees to use before and after work and during their lunch break. If your workplace has a gym, using it is one of the best ways to help slim your waist. Aerobic exercises such as running on the treadmill or riding the stationary bike can help you lose hundreds of calories in a short period of time, while anaerobic exercises, such as sprinting, give your metabolism a boost that can help you burn calories hours after you're done working out.
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.