It’s 2018, technology has the world moving at a million miles per hour and you’re extremely busy, we get it! For most of the population, that means a lot of sacrifices must be made; however, that doesn’t mean that your health & fitness has to be left on the scrap heap.
Fortunately, society is making a conscious shift towards a mind & body approach to life, and the good news for you is that big
businesses are jumping on the bandwagon. Why? Because it results in happier and healthier staff, and that equals a more productive
workplace. Research has recently discovered that we don’t necessarily need to be contributing as much time into the physical aspects
of working out, and there’s endless proof that a 15-minute workout each day is more than sufficient in improving your health &
fitness. So, here’s 3 tips on how you can boost your health & fitness without interfering with the work schedule.
HIIT The Park in Your Lunch breaks
It’s time to make your health and fitness a higher priority by skipping the lunchtime coffee catch-up with colleagues and heading to the nearby park for a high energy workout instead.
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT as it’s more affectionately know as, is the perfect format for a short, sharp and high energy workout that can be completed in a short amount of time.
Five to ten minutes is all that is need to keep the calories burning on supercharge for the next 48 hours, no equipment is needed and your
fitness will skyrocket.
Downward Dog Right at Your Desk
Channelling your inner Yogi in the office is a great way to revitalize your day and avoid the dreaded 3:30itis. Never mind what the office says, just 4-5 quick yoga poses is enough to reset brain, loosen up those tightened joints that have been causing your back to ache for hours and, lubricate the major joints of your body with some conscious movements.
Try this 5 minute routine from Popsugar for a Yogi
Find Your Ideal Zen Mode
Sitting at a desk all day, working hard to meet all the deadlines and trying to answer the 1000 unread emails you’ve been trying to ignore can be really stressful stuff. This takes its toll on your brain as it filters out unhealthy levels of cortisol into your body. However, just like your body, the brain needs a rest from time to time as well. Meditation is a tool that’s risen to prominence in the past few years, and has even begun to reach schools for children in an attempt to alleviate the stresses caused by the lifestyles modern Australians now live. It’s a quick and easy practice that requires little to no experience to have a positive effect on your mindset, and you don’t even have to get out of your chair to do it. Just sit back, close your eyes and direct your focus onto your breathing. Take big deep breaths in, and deep breaths out while the outside world drifts on by as you let the thoughts that consume your mind fade away. This practise may only take you 3-5 minutes to reach a grounded state, but routinely practising meditation can have a profound effect on the body and mind as it instantly reduces stress and blocks that nasty cortisol from coursing through your body. I find that upon rising, and before bed are the best times to meditate; however, whenever a timeout is required, a quick meditation is the key to getting back on track again
So there it is, 3 easy tips that collectively take no more than 25 minutes out of your day. Practise them daily and diligently to see your world change significantly.
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