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4 ways to nail your work and exercise balance
4 ways to nail your work and exercise balance
It's all about getting everything juuuust right.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

A wise person once said, "life is all about balance." For anyone who has their hands full with work, study, family commitments and everything else, this saying basically translates translates to "gotta get that work-life-and-exercise balance juuuuust right."

It's not easy to squeeze in exercise when you're busy juggling all the other things going on in your life, but it is important to stay physically active, especially if you're sitting down for most of the day. So here are our top tips to help you get that work/exercise balance to your liking.

Morning exercise routines are your friend

Who needs coffee to get the day started when you can get the juices flowing with some morning exercise? It makes perfect sense after all. You're fresh, you get your daily dose of exercise in before the day starts, and the endorphins will put you in a good mood and give you enough oomph to get through the rest of the day.

Be efficient

There aren't many opportunities to move around a lot during the day if your job involves staring at a screen for eight hours, so turn this inactivity into an opportunity by incorporating a little "deskercise" into your routine. Take a minute to do a set of push-ups or tricep dips on the edge of your chair, sit on a fitness ball to practice better posture while strengthening your abs, or take short walking breaks to loosen up the muscles.

Here's another way of looking at it: there are 24 hours a day and we all have 23.5 hour in a day to do all the other stuff we want to do (like sleep, eat, work, relax, bugger all), so why is it so difficult for us to set aside a mere 30 minutes for exercise?

There are plenty of reasons why it's hard to carve out 30 minutes a day for exercise, however the science behind it is pretty convincing: just watch this video to see what a difference 30 minutes can make to your overall health.

Bring your gym clothes to work

So you're not a morning person, which means hell will freeze over before you start your mornings off with a pre-work workout. Since mornings are out, you'll be wanting to exercise after work instead and that means bringing your gym clothes to the office. This will help motivate you to do an after-work sweat session that you otherwise might not do if it were super early, or if you went home first and ended up on the couch for the whole night instead of going to the gym.

24/7 gyms are also your friend

Not everyone works the usual nine-to-five job, which makes scheduling in exercise and other activities a bit tricky. Luckily, 24/7 gyms are a thing to help those who work odd hours and only have time to squeeze in a cheeky workout at 2am. As a cherry on top, working out at strange hours usually means you get the whole gym to yourself and that means no waiting around, fighting over weights, or wiping other people's sweat off machines.

Use your lunch break to get some exercise in

It could be as simple as walking a few laps around the block or at a nearby park during your lunch break, or squeezing in a quick midday gym sesh in. The fresh air and/or physical activity will do wonders for both your clarity and your wellbeing!

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Information sourced from: Livestrong, Corp Magazine, and DeskTime.

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