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Burn some calories at work

Finding time to exercise can be a challenge for everyone. With busy work, school, and family schedules, finding time to work out can be tough. So why not squeeze in ways to work out at work? Here are some creative tips from the Mayo Clinic to find ways to get exercise in at the office from taking fitness breaks to walking meetings.

• Make the most of your commute - Walk or bike to work. If you ride the bus, get off a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way. If you drive to work, park at the far end of the parking lot.

• Look for opportunities to stand - You'll burn more calories standing than sitting. Stand while talking on the phone. Better yet, try a standing desk - or improvise with a high table or counter. Eat lunch standing up. Trade instant messaging and phone calls for walks to your co-workers desks or offices.

• Take fitness breaks - Rather than hanging out in the lounge with coffee or a snack, take a brisk walk or do some gentle stretching. Pull your chin toward your chest until you feel a stretch along the back of your neck, or slowly bring your shoulders up toward your ears.

• Trade your office chair for a fitness ball - A firmly inflated fitness or stability ball can make a good chair. You'll improve your balance and tone your core muscles while sitting at your desk. You can even use the fitness ball for wall squats or other exercises during the day.

• Keep fitness equipment in your work area - Store resistance bands - stretchy cords or tubes that offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them - or small hand weights in a desk drawer or cabinet. Do arm curls between meetings or tasks.

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