Are you getting enough exercise?
One of the biggest shifts in the work patterns of recent generations has to be the move away from physical work towards office and even online work instead. While we need to move with the times, an infographic I came across the other day about how much healthier tradespeople tend to be really reminded me of the health benefits that physical work can bring, and how if your daily work routine doesn’t involve much exercise then it is essential that we get enough exercise in other ways. So what can you do to increase the amount of exercise you get each day? Here are a few ideas, some of them you will have heard before but perhaps it’s time to consider them again.
The early morning Swim or Run
On a recent break away at Center Parcs I was reminded of just how refreshing and energising an early morning swim can be. Why I chose to go for one while on holiday is beyond me but I’m glad that I did because I came away feeling clear minded and ready to enjoy the rest of the day. The same can be said for the early morning run and the good thing about running is that it is an easily accessible activity for anyone, just throw on some running shoes and away you go. Again it’s amazing how much mental clarity you can gain just by getting your blood flowing for half an hour before work.
Cycling to Work
If you live within a reasonable distance from your workplace then perhaps you could consider cycling to work? Not only will you be getting a good dose of daily exercise but you’ll also be saving money on fuel for the car and who knows, perhaps you’ll even decide you can get rid of the car completely and drastically lower your monthly outgoings.
Ok, so this one could feel a little embarrassing for some people but be assured I’m not talking about spinning around on your chair 20 times or some of the other crazy exercises people suggest. Instead, if there is a quiet room at your workplace, somewhere that you could disappear to for half an hour at dinner then maybe you could do some press ups, core exercises or something along those lines? Some exercise experts say that standing up to work instead of sitting down can even bring benefits.
Increase the amount of walking you do
This may sound like a simple idea but if you are in the habit of jumping in the car to nip to the shops or send a package, then making a conscious effort to walk these little errands rather than drive them could really be a great way to increase your level of daily exercise. And if you really want to burn some calories and work that heart muscle then perhaps you could give power walking a go?
Arrange a regular friendly game of something
I feel like a bit of a hypocrite saying a ‘friendly’ game of something because I’m actually quite competitive and I’m not sure I’ve had an entirely friendly game of anything in my life. Even so, arranging a weekly game of something like badminton, tennis or squash could be a great way to increase your weekly activity level and it will also allow you to maintain good friendships when life seems to be sucking up all of your time.
So there we have just a few ideas for things you can do to increase the amount of exercise you get and try to catch up with those whose jobs give them most of the exercise they need.
Are you an office or online worker? What do you do to stay fit and healthy?