OK, OK, you've heard it before. But it's true that exercise makes you feel like new. It does wonders for your emotional strength as well as your physical strength. And it makes you a 'leaner, meaner machine' at work.
When you feel physically powerful, you feel emotionally powerful.
Exercise starts with the first step. If you don't have an hour to go to the gym three times a week, work with smaller amounts of time, and make it a non-negotiable habit.
Here are some easy ways to get started by building exercise into your day:
- go for a short walk on your lunch break (you can even window shop)
- use the stairs instead of the lift (try a few flights to start)
- walk up the escalator - don't just stand there
- park at the back of the lot and walk that extra few metres to the office
- walk to a colleague's desk instead of phoning or emailing
- ask someone in the human resources department to organise a fitness class once or twice a week at work, and ensure you're one of the first to enrol.
Make a date with yourself - write in your diary when you're going to step up to exercise.
Pretend you work for Nike and 'just do it'.