Exercise. Please don’t growl I don’t like it either but there’s no denying that exercise – or movement of any kind – is vital to ensure wellness.

But as business owners and working women, who are probably running a house as well, just how can we fit it all in?

Well, as I said before I do not like exercise and would be the first to find an excuse to avoid it. BUT when I changed the way I looked at it, my attitude towards it also changed. I no longer use the word exercise or fitness training. I like to just move. Move in a way that loosens me up. That makes me feel good.

There are a number of ways that I can fit a bit of “exercise” into my working day now and as Tesco would have us believe “every little helps”. Five minutes here and there soon adds up to 30 minutes per day – the recommended amount by health practitioners.

So just HOW do I fit exercise into my day as a working woman?

These movement tips may help:

Tips to Fit Movement and Exercise into Your Working Day

  1. Commit to a weekly exercise program that includes cardiovascular activities (walking, running, biking, swimming, etc.) with a minimum of two days of strength training.
  2. Never sit at your desk for more than 90 to 120 minutes without taking a movement break. Even just walking to the breakroom and back, or around the office building will do wonders for your motivation and stress levels.
  3. When you need to use the restroom, visit one on a different floor to get in a few extra steps.
  4. Walk around or stand while talking on the phone.
  5. Use movement rather than technology when possible. Consider walking to the other offices in your building to exchange information, rather than relying on phone calls, email or texting.
  6. Take a five-minute stretch break after long periods of sitting at your desk or driving in your car.
  7. Weather permitting, take a few five-minute outdoor breaks away from your desk. The fresh air will help refocus and revitalize you.

For more desk-based exercises, check out our blog: Exercises for the Office-Based Working Woman