In a recent article in Forbes Magazine, contributor Victor Lipman discussed how to reduce
workplace stress and enhance productivity. He found the best way to do this was simple - just
do something active in the middle of the day!
We all have our own biorhythms, but he found that energy and concentration often took a down
swing toward midday. He also noted considerably renewed energy and productivity following a
These aren’t simply his own idiosyncratic observations. There are numerous studies that link
exercise to mood elevation and productivity enhancement, as well as more collaborative and
tolerant behavior. The benefits of exercise are well documented and the trick is to integrate a
regular exercise program into a work environment.
While most of us are worried about sweating and timing, there are good ways to manage both
and the positives far out-way the negatives.
Here is the excuse list followed by the get it done list:
Uh ohhhh... Excuse list
- I don’t have time.
- My boss won’t let me.
- We don’t have a fitness center.
- I won’t have time to eat lunch.
- My hair will be a mess.
- My CEO doesn’t believe in exercise in the workplace.
Get It Done…To do list
- You’ll free up your night.
- The gym is not as crowded.
- You’ll be less anxious the rest of the day.
- You will form stronger bonds with coworkers.
- You're making the most of your lunch break.
- A lunch time gym trip will boost your confidence.
- A workout will help your time management.
- In fact, your CEO truly believes in the health and wellness of the company.
Here are some ideas for mid-day workouts.
- Check out the group classes offered through out Pinnacle Financial
- Jump on the treadmill
- A 30 minute speed walk outside
- A 30 minute stair climb in the stair well - try this specifically. Run a flight of stairs at full speed, then do five burpees at the top, then run back down and repeat as many times as you can. You'll burn 100 calories in just 10 minutes.)
- A 30 minute HIIT workout. You can blast 250 calories in just a half hour with a HIIT workout.
-Treadmill workout - and you can crush even more calories by increasing the incline on the treadmill.
While I know it can be difficult to leave your desks for 30 to 40 minutes during the day, it is worth
the minutes away. It renews your energy, gives you time to clear your head, and builds
camaraderie with colleagues. Even if you get just 20 minutes in, the positive affects are endless.
Here's to a week of health and feeling full of energy