How to maintain fitness while being inactive most of time in day?

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    How to maintain fitness while being inactive most of time in day?

    I had been doing Darebee workouts from last 11 months and I had an active lifestyle that pretty helped me in losing weight, but now due to some reason I had to keep sitting for about 12 hours a day on study with only 7 hours sleep and 30 minute strength training. So how to maintain fitness while being seated most of the time? Will I gain weight again? Should I add more workouts to my week?will I gain belly fat due to seating?

    #2
    You could have a look at the Office Workouts collection and do several of those through the day. They're 1-5 minutes long and a lot can be done seated. Others are good for getting up and moving during a short break and will wake you up if you need it. Some of my favourites are Office Boxer, Lower Body Works and Cardio Sculpt.

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      #3
      I struggle with my desk job but try to make the best of it. Allow five mins every hour as a break minimum.

      You could get Epic 5 in during that time, or do one of the other workouts mentioned by Zastria

      If you're at university/college and studying then make sure you get up and take a break, use the stairs etc. as much as possible.

      Getting a break from staring at a screen is good for your eyes as well.

      Watch your calorific intake as well. Use a TDEE calculator to work out how many calories you need a day based on your exertion level and log what you eat with My Fitness Pal or similar.

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        #4
        Have a look here: Micro-moments: The Smarter Way to Train.

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          #5
          Whether you'll gain weight depends entirely on how much you're eating.
          Less activity means eating less, no additional effort.

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            #6
            30 minutes of (intense) strength training should be enough to maintain your gains for a while, provided your diet is in check.

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              #7
              Sitting for 12 hours a day is not good for your body, regardless of what you are doing with the rest of your time. And you're probably not productively studying for all 12 hours in any case.

              I agree with Scott that you want to take at minimum a 5 minute break every hour. You might even want to consider using the Pomodoro Technique, which involves alternating periods of 25 minutes work with a 5 minute break. The idea with Pomodoro is that, during the 25 minutes of work, you work. If your work is studying, you need to study for the entire 25 minutes. You may not get up to fix yourself a snack during your work time. You may not check your text messages. You may not daydream. You may not surf the web or follow any other distractions. You just do the work. Then, during your 5 minute break, you get to do whatever you want. Your mind gets refreshed during the break, so you're ready to get back down to another focussed period of work afterward.

              The Pomodoro Technique's original intent is productivity. If you try to sit at your desk studying for 12 hours a day, you will most likely waste more than 10 minutes/hour on distractions. Pomodoro demands that you get serious about eliminating the distractions during your work periods. So you get 50 minutes of focussed work out of every hour, which leads to more work getting done than 60 minutes of work filled with distractions. I like to make Pomodoro do double duty for me in that I require myself to stand up during my break periods. This means that, along with the mental break from my desk work, I'm getting a physical break from sitting. And I can use the 5 minute breaks to squeeze in workout activities. I completed the <Totals> program this way and have also used Pomodoro breaks to do Daily Dares. Any kind of casual training you like can be squeezed in this way.

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