Every morning is a total blur.
You leap out of bed with four or five things already competing for your time. The thought that you could spare even a moment to exercise is laughable!
And yet, exercise has been linked to cognitive function, so you’re missing out on maximum brainpower every time you skip your exercise.
So, what’s the ideal solution? How can you get the benefits of exercise without taking a lot of time out of your day to do it?
Easy… Just figure out how to incorporate exercise into your everyday activities!
Take the Stairs
Let’s ease into this exercise thing with one simple change. Every time you have the opportunity to take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator, do it.
This won’t distract you from your priorities – like the million dollar business ideas whirring in your head – but it will signal to your body that you’re committed to being a more active person. Taking the stairs may be just the catalyst you need to start taking exercise seriously.
Get a Dog
If you don’t own a dog, you should seriously consider buying one.
Because a dog is the best way to force you to go for a daily walk or a jog. If your furry friend is a big ball of energy, you’ll make sure they get exercise, even if you wouldn’t automatically do the same for yourself.
As a nice bonus, dogs are a fantastic stress reliever. Multiple studies have concluded that interacting with pets will lower your blood pressure and stress hormones like cortisol, while also increasing beneficial hormones like oxytocin and endorphins.
Research has validated that patients who spend a short amount of time with a dog before their upcoming operation experience 37 percent less anxiety. That’s just any dog, not even their own. Imagine how much healthier and happier you’d be with your own four-legged friend!
Travel by Bike
Do you live close to the office? To the grocery store? To your kid’s school?
Well, one great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine is to ditch the car and bike whenever and wherever you can.
This is another simple change that can help you fit plenty of exercise into a typical week. If you cycle half an hour a day, five days a week, you can burn an average of 1200 to 1500 calories!
You have to travel to those places anyway — why not make the most of the opportunities by snatching a little cardio time?
Join a Sports Team or Active Meetup Team
You’re not in high school anymore, but if you’re in decent health, you can still enjoy sports and group activities. Best of all, you get to pick the ones you’ll enjoy the most!
There are all kinds of opportunities to be active in your area:
- Ultimate Frisbee
Plus, depending on where you live, you may also be able to participate in winter sports, water sports, or climbing sports. Just by being part of a group that’s centered around a physical activity, you’ll be able to double up on socializing and exercise.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll even pick up a new client or two as a result of the mingling!
Exercise for Entrepreneurs Starts Now!
In the end, integrating some exercise into your routine doesn’t have to be a headache, but it can certainly make a big difference to your stress levels and your brainpower.
Pick one of these ideas and give exercise a shot, starting today!