5 Fitness Tips for Busy Businesspeople
Regular exercise is the secret weapon of almost all the senior executives and high performing business people that I meet… and it’s a pattern of behavior that I’ve personally adopted and stuck to.
People often ask: “With everything on your plate, how can you afford to make time for the gym?”
My answer: “I can’t afford NOT to go to gym.”
Finding the time to exercise can be a challenge with a busy schedule. However, setting aside the time to exercise better enables a person to tackle a busy schedule more effectively… and with less physical, mental and emotional burnout.
If you haven’t already gotten onto the metaphorical-and-actual exercise treadmill, how to get started?
Here are 5 proven tips:
1. Whenever possible —WALK!
The average person should aim for 10,000 steps a day, or about 30 minutes of walking. Heavier cardiovascular and resistance exercise is important; however, do not underestimate the power of walking. Bonus — Try power walking. This may sound obvious, but most people tend to forget to speed up. Power walking is both better for you, and you get to where you are going faster.
2. Exercise Two Birds with One Stone
Those who know me know me well know that I’m a big fan of killing as many birds as possible with single, small, well-placed projectiles. Bring your laptop with you on a treadmill, and catch up on reading some reports while walking, or even just sketch some ideas on a notepad. Some people do get nauseous while walking and reading, but if you don’t this is a great opportunity to do work and workout.
3. Calf Raises
While you’re killing birds, raise some calves. This is a very simple exercise for your calves. Simply raise yourself up on the balls of your feet, and then repeat this sixty times. This exercise is simple, and can often catch people off guard on how much it can hurt the next day. So starting slow would be a good idea. The great thing about this exercise is you can do it anywhere you are standing! Perhaps you’re waiting for an elevator, waiting in line, or even walking. You can combine just about anything with an exercise if you take the time to think about it.
Did you know that flexing your muscles can actually build up your muscles? It is by no means better than weights, but if you are sitting at your desk try it out! This exercise requires a little discretion for the simple reason that you do not want to look like an idiot. It isn’t hard to hide it, no one is going to notice that you are flexing your abs underneath your suit, so give it a try.
5. Resistance training
Before weight lifting became popular, all the athletes and body builders used a type Resistance training method. The idea is to hold up a weight for as long as you can. Then repeat this processes but for longer intervals each time. Bring a 5-10 pound weight with you to work; anytime you only need one hand, hold the weight straight out with the other.
Which of these could you do more often?
What other tips do you recommend?
Check out the next post in this series: How often and how much should one exercise?
Posted on September 4, 2013, in Career, Exercise, Life, Productivity and tagged Bodybuilding, Business, busy, Calf raises, fitness, Glossary of cricket terms, learning, life, Muscle, Physical exercise, Physical fitness, Strength training, Weight training. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.