With the celebration of the new year comes resolutions, which usually involve listening to everyone’s fitness goals. It can be easy to get down on yourself for not having goals, not having time to conquer them or just not knowing where to start. We’re here to say no more! We all lead different lives and have our own struggles.
These Resource Girls both have office jobs and are here to say the nine to five work struggle is real. We are all about maximizing our time, they don’t call us Resource Girls for nothing! One way to do this is to incorporate exercise in your everyday life. We both have gym memberships and exercise several times a week, however, sometimes getting to the gym just isn’t an option. This is when we have to get creative.
There are some more common ways to get a little exercise at work, for example taking the stairs. If you work in a hospital, like Cat, this is an awesome place to take your lunch break – climbing hundreds of stairs! Lauren works in a great downtown area where she can take walks outside on lunch, weather permitting. Another idea is to substitute the typical rolling office chair for a stability ball, this will work your core while you’re typing away at your desk.
However, we decided to get a little more creative and bring resistance bands to the office. How often have you been on a terrible conference call, sitting at your desk, tapping your pen against your leg wondering when it will all end? We have a suggestion, grab a resistance band and maximize the time!
equipment: resistance bands
Resistance bands are awesome anywhere – home, office, gym, you name it. They come in different sizes, offering different amounts of resistance. Cat is using an extra small band in the pictures, she is 5’ 5” and for some of the exercises had to wrap it around twice. The resistance on this band went up to twenty-five pounds.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the amount of exercises you can do with these bands.
1. Secure the band to the leg of your desk or the chair, then step in the band. Rotate sides with one leg sweeping in front of the other to work inner thighs.
2. You can also step inside the resistance band so it’s wrapped around both legs and pull legs outward – place band around calves or up higher around thighs to work different muscles.
3. Bicep curls, this is a no brainer! Simply step on the band, keep elbow in towards your ribs extend arm up and down.
4. If you have to be sitting at your desk or want to work your back you can put both arms inside the band, similar to how you did with your legs. Sit straight up and pull back against the band while squeezing your shoulder blades together.
Maybe the point isn’t about resistance bands but about working with what you have, making the most of every day, and being the best version of you. Get ‘em girl!
How do you use your resistance bands? What workouts would you like to see in future posts from The Resource Girls? Tell us in the comments below!
Cat and Lauren are two best friends who started The Resource Girls to encourage and empower women to be themselves! We’re two girls who survived our twenties as strong, successful, independent women in this crazy world. We blog about fashion, fitness, finance, food and friendship but most of all loving ourselves and embracing who we are. Connect with Cat and Lauren at www.theresourcegirls.com, Twitter, Instagram.