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Feeling those mid-winter blahs? Then it’s time to consider getting more exercise! With a busy personal life and career, what’s a woman to do? Simple – figure out ways to work more exercise into your normal routine.
- Always take the stairs: Skip taking the elevator and walk up and down using the stairs. As one girlfriend told me, “I’ll climb up the stairs, walk across the building and back down the stairs on the other side, just to go to a meeting on the same floor I’m on. It gives me a few extra minutes of exercise and allows me to clear my mind before heading into my next meeting.”
- Park further away: Forget circling the parking lot for a space up front. Try purposely parking a ways away to increase the distance you’ll walk to and from your vehicle each day. Just bundle up and enjoy that fresh (albeit chilly) air outside.
- Go for a walk during lunch: Before you eat lunch, try going for a walk. Walk alone to clear your thoughts and relax or grab a co-worker for some animated discussion while you walk. One co-worker noted, “I always drink a glass of water before I go for my lunchtime walk. It not only keeps me hydrated but it also seems to lower my appetite because I’m never as hungry after my walk.”
- Exercise or stretch while on conference calls: A co-worker who lives in Europe suggested this tip and I’ve actually started doing this. When you’re on a conference call (and no one can see you) try a few exercises by your desk such as leg lifts, arm stretches, squats, etc. Just be sure to put your phone on mute so no one hears any heavy breathing on the line! It’s actually amazing how this can decrease stress and make you feel more energized in the middle of the day or when feeling sluggish by late afternoon.
- Decrease your television time: Instead of television, go for a walk around the block with your husband or friend and chat while you walk. Or, take your kids to the park instead of everyone sitting in front of the TV.
- Try something new: Like taking a yoga class. You’ll de-stress and make new friends all while getting in shape for summer.