Finding time to exercise can be difficult for a busy person. There is always something more urgent and at the end of a hectic day, the last thing that you want to do is sit-ups and jumping jacks. However, exercise is important to your health, so it is important that you make time for it. Here are some ways that you can squeeze exercise into your day when you’re working from home:
Take a lunch break.
Do you take an official lunch break when you work from home or do you just munch on something while plugging away at your computer? Since you can eat while working, use your scheduled lunch break to get some exercise: Go to the gym, do yoga, join a lunch time basketball league, or go for a swim. Find something that gets your heart beating and your feet moving.
Take a walk while you’re handling phone calls.
Some of your business calls can easily be done while taking a brisk walk. You can even use a Bluetooth so that your hands will be free. You may find that you’re naturally more relaxed when you’re talking on the phone outside because you’re not staring at your to-do list or your email inbox.
Do your reading on a stationary bike.
Another way to multitask while exercising is to get some reading done while you’re riding a stationary bike. You can read emails, reports, or keep on top of industry trends. As long as your feet are pedaling, you’re getting your exercise.
Get out and network.
When you’re working from home there can be a temptation to slip into hibernation mode. Break that habit. Force yourself to get out of the house at least once a day to network. Schedule a lunch with one of your networking contacts and instead of taking your car, walk to the restaurant. Your business will never grow if you don’t nurture your network, and it’s also a great motivation to get yourself off the couch.
You know that exercise is important but when we’re busy, it’s often the first thing to be bumped from our schedule. The key is to fit it into your day in a way that doesn’t conflict with anything else. Once you make it a habit, it becomes easier. Just stick with it.
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