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Regular exercise gives you more energy to get through the day

With our hectic work schedules and personal commitments, it is often hard to find the time to exercise. Even with the best of intentions, exercise can often fall lower down the priority list. However it is important to keep in mind that your body is not designed to sit at a desk, to stand all day, or do any repetitive task for a long time. It is meant to be kept mobile.

A lack of exercise can have many detrimental effects, both in the short term and in the long term. In the short term it can lead to stiff and sore muscles, headaches, poor concentration, lack of energy, and poor quality of sleep. In the long term it can lead to stooped posture, muscle imbalances, heart disease, Osteoporosis, and weight gain.

It is therefore essential that we fit exercise into our weekly schedule. It helps us to get the most out of life today, and also in the coming years. Be aware of your body during the day; it will give you warning signs when you need to stretch: tingling, stiffness, burning, heaviness, dragging, numbness or tightness in the joints or muscles. If it’s hard to find the time to exercise regularly, why not use the breaks you have during your work day? Whether it is during lunch or a ‘coffee’ break, any amount of physical activity will result in a better functioning mind and body, not to mention improve your work performance, mental alertness, and reduce your risk of developing serious health disorders. Here are some ideas to get you motivated to exercise during your work day:
  • Go for a walk or a run during your break. Take a different route each day so you don’t get bored, or ask a colleague to come with you and talk while you walk.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift whenever possible. If you think there are too many floors, get off the lift a few floors early, and walk the last few flights.
  • Get up and walk to deliver a message to someone at your workplace instead of using the phone or sending an email.
  • Sign up for a gym, yoga, dancing, aerobics, or other classes at a nearby venue, either over lunch or after work. Ask a friend to join you, and you’ll help motivate each other on the days you don’t feel like going.
  • If your workplace is in a remote place, consider asking your boss to provide some onsite equipment such as treadmill or exercise bike for use during breaks.
  • If you take public transit to work, get off a few stops early, or if you drive to work, park further away then necessary, and walk the rest of the way.
The best way to ensure that exercise does not fall to the bottom of the priority list is to treat it as you would any other appointment. Make sure that you write down the exercise session in your diary, and don’t cancel it except under extenuating circumstances. Dedicate a part of your work day to finding time for physical activity and you’ll improve your general health, fitness level, and increase your mental capacity!

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