How TO KEEP FIT while working in an office

Sarah Corcoran

Blog Writer

While it certainly has its benefits (outdoor work in Ireland must be very tough!), working in an office certainly has its fair share of drawbacks. Sitting at a desk all day can be detrimental to your posture, your hips and of course your waistline, especially if cake culture is alive and well in your office. It can be tough to keep yourself motivated so we’ve put together our tips to keep fit while working in a Dublin office.

Standing desks

Serviced offices are no exception when it comes to lazy office behaviour, except if you’re lucky enough to be based in our new Baggot Street offices. We provide every staff member based in our brand new Dublin office with an adjustable standing desk as standard. The benefits of standing desks include increased productivity, more energy, a decrease of fatigue, improved circulation and less back pain. Of course, you don’t have to stand all day, the desks are electronically operated so you can stand as often or as little as you like.

Lunchtime walks

Take advantage of your lunch break… and we don’t mean internet shopping! Getting out for a brisk 20-minute walk will wake up your muscles, improve your circulation and the fresh air will improve your brain function for the remaining few hours of work. If you’re lucky enough to work close to one of Dublin’s beautiful parks, you have a great place to enjoy a couple of laps and enjoy an alfresco lunch while you’re at it. Our Baggot Street office is close to St Stephens Green Park, Iveagh Gardens, The Royal Canal and Merrion Square.

Local classes

If your office is centrally located, or close to a gym, you’ll often find lunchtime classes specially tailored for office workers. These 40-minute classes are great for getting your pulse racing and letting you get your daily workout in without taking up too much of your free time. There are a range of classes in Flyefit gyms across the city, a couple of which are a stone’s throw from our Baggot St office. If you don’t fancy a class, you can always do your own thing in their gym. Make sure you have a nutritious lunch ready for you when you return and try to avoid the temptation of the bakery on your way back!

Office motivation

Ireland is changing demographically, and companies need diverse leaders who reflect a changing workplace. Leaders should create a safe space for all team members where every employee can speak up, be heard and feel welcome. Leaders should accept and give constructive feedback on input from all employees including those whose expertise or backgrounds differ from their own. They should ask questions to the team and encourage staff to mix & collaborate with groups outside of their own and confer with diverse members of staff about how to make the workplace more inclusive.

It’s the little things

Fail to prepare & prepare to fail. You could go for a walk every day and the gym three times a week but if you’re eating badly, it will make no difference at all! Make sure you plan & prepare nutritious lunches as often as possible. Have some extras in the freezer in case you’re too busy to freshly cook each night. Make sure your office drawers are packed with healthy treats like nuts, seeds and dried fruit to stop you reaching for the chocolate to stop the 3 pm slump. Most importantly, keep a reusable water bottle on your desk and fill up every hour or so, making sure to drink at least 2 litres a day.

If you need a tailored office solution, suitable for your companies changing needs, Premier Business Centre offers a range of services just for you. From serviced office space to virtual offices with mail & phone only packages, our services can be adjusted to suit your company size and requirements. If you’d like to discuss what Premier Business Centres can do for you, or visit our beautiful new Dublin office on Baggot Street, contact Therese Mullane today to learn more.