Man jogging generic image
Man jogging generic image David Nielsen

Five ways to make fitness part of your day with no exercise

THERE'S a lot to be said for effective fitness and working out without even realising it.  

Especially when you only have an hour spare at lunch time and can't come back to the office sweaty and out of breath as you rush into your next meeting.  

If you're struggling to find time for exercise and wellbeing during busy work weeks then here are my five top tips for getting refreshed, recharged and re-energised without having to hit the gym at lunch time.    

1. Walk and talk:  Turn your meetings upside down and take your colleague connect sessions into a walk and talk. Either stroll the corridors or grab some fresh air to discuss key topics then come back and write up the key points.    

2. Nano breaks: Set reminders on your computer to take a nano break and get up and step away from your screen. Go talk to someone in another department instead of sending an email, grab a glass of water or use the time on creative work and problem solving with a quick stroll. Do some subtle stretching even.    

3. Ditch the lift: Use stairs and don't take a taxi to meetings around the corner.    

4. Be posture wary: Using your core is not just for at the gym. Pull your belly button to your spine while you are working, standing, walking and talking. It's a constant way to work your abs and no one will notice.    

5. Use a stand-up work desk:  If you feel you need to be glued to your computer then make sure you're working standing up and take regular breaks. Limit your time sitting down.

We're more likely to go over and talk to a colleague than sit there and send an email across the hallway when we use stand-up work stations.   

Productivity is not about just being present, it's about using your time wisely, disconnecting devices so you can reconnect with your body and mind.   

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