A guide to keeping active with a busy work life
2018 is quickly approaching, and I’m sure many of us have yet to keep to our promise of joining a gym, taking up Pilates, or simply keeping fit for 2017! As the days get shorter, and the nights get longer, the urge to “get up and go” diminishes a little more every day. But sometimes we forget that our daily gym session doesn’t need to be first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Here we give you a few simple ways to keep active regardless of demands of your day job.
Walk, Cycle, Run
Many of us are guilty of being within walking or cycling distance of work but don’t take advantage of it by actually walking or cycling. If you are one of these lucky few, why not set your alarm that little but earlier and get some exercise to start the day. You can save the cents spent on public transport and fuel and treat yourself to that morning coffee you deserve after the morning exercise!
The best way to maintain your new found healthy streak is routine. Book that 30-minute lunch time class down at the gym and stick to it. Lunch time workouts are extremely popular so book your place in advance giving you no excuses.
A lot of us spend the majority of our day at a desk, in front of a computer – it has to be done. But this does not mean that you shouldn’t move around whenever you have an opportunity. Something as simple as using the water fountain on the next floor, take the stairs instead of the lift, or take some calls on a headset and stretch your legs.
You can exercise anywhere
Not all workouts need to take place in a gym or studio. If you can’t get in that gym session for whatever reason, why not try a workout video on YouTube, or that walking app you “never got around to trying”.
Organise a sporting charity event with your friends or colleagues
This has so many pros. First off you get to raise money for a great cause which is always a rewarding experience. Secondly, it gives you a goal to reach. Once a date is set in place, and you know everyone else is committed, you will have no excuses to back out. By getting others involved you can organise training sessions around work and can motivate each other.
And the benefits?
Not only does regular exercise keep you in shape, but it can also have major improvements on other life aspects, including work productivity. The more productive and alert you are at work, the quicker and more efficient your work will be. Exercising is known to curb feelings of anxiety and stress and regular exercise can be used to prevent these feelings and may also help you to better deal with work stress. Lastly, keeping fit can help reduce your risk of getting ill – meaning fewer sick days from work and increased productivity.