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Best Weight Loss Coach for Women Gives Healthy Hacks for the Office (As Seen on ABC Chicago)

Stuck at a desk for a large portion of your days? Studies have linked being sedentary with obesity, so we’ve got some tips for how you can stay fit in 2019 without leaving your office chair. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour stopped by ABC Chicago to supply you with ways to stay healthy even while on the clock!

If you’re feeling like work is setting you back on your weight loss journey, it doesn’t have to! I’ve got some super simple health hacks you can easily add to enhance your days in the office without taking time away from your work. These workout moves can be done at your desk, plus I’ve got tips for smarter snacking to beat that midday crash and how to improve the health of your work space!

Hack #1: Greet the day

As soon as you sit down at your desk in the morning be sure to start your day off with a nice, big stretch. Reach your arms up overhead, opening up the chest while taking a deep breath in. Lower your arms as you exhale. Repeat as many times as feels good while you’re waiting on that computer to boot up!

Hack #2: Go Green

Research shows that adding a little nature to your work environment can help you feel happier and more energized. Test this out for yourself by bringing in a little plant or some flowers for your area!

Hack #3: Two Ways to Fight Midday Slump

You’re chugging away at work, getting tasks done left and right, and Bam! That pesky midday slump hits you. Try reaching for a protein-packed snack to help you bounce back. I recommend keeping protein bars, prepackaged almonds, and some nut butter at hand!

Additionally, I always tell my own private weight loss clients to do shoulder rolls in the afternoon. Shrug your shoulders in a circle to relieve neck tension and wake you back up a little.

Hack #4: Bring Some Sunshine Inside

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is quite common. If you’re suffering from it, or even just missing the sun, there’s a product that may help you. Light therapy may ease symptoms, consider investing in a natural sun lamp for your desk. These lamps mimic the sun to bring you a health, energizing glow!

Hack #5: Relieve Tension

Final cue: do some neck stretches as you’re writing out your To-Do list for the next day. This will relieve some of the tension in your upper back and neck before you head home for the day or maybe to the gym! Just a little movement like that should inspire you to get in a workout or even do some yoga at home.

I offer a fitness DVD as part of my weight loss programs for women, if you’re interested you can check it out here: Step It Up with Steph DVD.

I hope these hacks improve your workdays and remind you to always stay active however you can!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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4 Healthy Tricks to Beat the Midday Slump (As Seen on Fox Chicago)

Looking for a midday pick-me-up? As a Health & Wellness Expert, Fox Chicago brought me in to show off some great workout moves you can do at your desk, and how to boost your mood and energy with scented essential oils.

What exactly is a midday slump?

Based on our circadian rhythm, the afternoon is when our bodies are naturally ready for another little snooze! Unfortunately, the US isn’t Spain and we don’t have any built-in siesta time to close down the office and take a nap in the middle of the day. Not only that, but if you’re like many of my private weight loss clients who are busy and successful women–you simply can’t miss a second of your workday! If the midday slump is getting you down, I’ve got some tips to pick you up!

Tip #1: Get a Mini Workout in at Your Desk

When the midday slump hits, start moving around at your desk. Doing something as simple as shrugging your shoulders up to your ears and down again can wake you up and get the blood flowing. Try pumping your arms up in the air too. This improves circulation and helps with stress reduction.

Tip #2: Add Some Excitement to Your Calendar

Plan a trip that you can look forward to.  I recently visited Red Mountain Resort in Utah for a health and wellness vacation! I had a wonderful time there, and what’s even more exciting is that I got to look forward to this trip for an entire month!

If I hit a midday slump, I just looked up all of the resort’s daily activities, spa services, and menus. The excitement served as a pick-me-up. I always encourage my private weight loss clients to plan a trip like this, or just to have a fun potluck with friends on the calendar, so that they always have something to look forward to!

Tip #3: Use Aromatherapy to Engage Your Brain

Scents that wake you up and help keep you alert, focused, and aware include peppermint, citrus, and ginger. I love using essential oils to help de-stress and also re-energize during the day.

My private weight loss clients also enjoy using more soothing scents at night to help them unwind. Try a spritz of lavender on your pillow for deep, sweet dreams.

Tip #4: Step Up Your Afternoon Snacks

When you’re in a slump, it’s easy to reach for another cup of coffee or make a vending machine run. But the carbs and sugar will only momentarily pick you up and then make you crash even harder. Drink tea instead or eat healthy protein bars that taste like coffee! Any healthy, sweet treat with low sugar content is a good choice. If you have a sweet tooth, try these yummy SmartSweets gummy bears!

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com