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Get moving and increase productivity

by Kelly Exeter | November 18th, 2010 | 2 comments

Exercise … when you’re a busy person it seems to be the very first thing to get the boot, if it even existed at all! I can hear you all thinking “yes, I’d like to fit some exercise into my day but I just don’t have the time!”

Let’s one make thing super clear right now. Everyone has time to exercise.
E V E R Y O N E.

So drop down that little “I don’t have the time barrier” in your head and change your thinking to “How can I structure my day better to allow for some exercise”.

FitnessFirst of all – the benefits:

Exercise switches you on and increases productivity

Have you ever noticed how long it takes you to get going on the morning? Does it take you a couple of hours once in the office before you feel truly awake? Exercise in the morning gets your engine running and switches your brain on well before you enter the office meaning you are productive right from the word go.

Exercise is a potent stress reliever and circuit breaker

I have lost count of the number of times I have been totally revved up from a stressful day dealing with seemingly endless problems and the last thing I wanted to do was go for a run. But go for a run I did … and by the time I got home, all the day’s angst was but a distant memory.

Exercise is good for you

Everyone knows this. The human body isn’t designed to sit down all day (in a chair, in the car, on the couch). It is designed to MOVE. So move it! Work your heart and your lungs – they will love you for it!

Exercise makes you happy

It’s the endorphins. They give you a nice little injection of “happy” every time you exercise. You feel better, you smile more and best of all, endorphins are a legal drug that can last all day!

Exercise is good for everyone around you

If you’re less stressed, more switched on and happier – then that’s better for everyone around you – your workmates, your family and your friends.

ACTION ITEM

20 minutes is the absolute minimum you should aim for. 20 minutes every single day. There are countless options for fitting exercise into your day:

  • Get up a bit earlier and go for a walk, jog, bike ride or go to the gym
  • Park your car 20 minutes away from your office and walk the rest
  • Go for a 20 minute walk at lunchtime
  • In the afternoon walk to a park 10 minutes from home, let your kids or pet have a play, and then walk back.

Exercise is one of those things that quickly becomes a habit – and you will soon become addicted to the sense of well-being it gives you. So just make a two week commitment to try it. Habit will do the rest 🙂

MORE READING

  • Found this great article on “Kochie’s Business Builders” website about structuring your day – well worth a read
  • If you’re in Perth, Trench Health has several great programs for busy people.

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