How to add exercise to an already busy work schedule

For many people (especially Americans) work takes up the majority of their time. That is followed by spending time with family and attending family-related events. According to The Harvard Business Review exercise is vital in maintaining a work-life balance. So how do we add an exercise regimen to an already busy work schedule? It seems counterintuitive and almost impossible for most people.

You might be thinking of corporate fitness and how important a role fitness plays in employee productivity. That is just the tip of the iceberg- engaging in healthy exercise habits enhances your work and home life because of these two factors:

  • Exercise lowers stress: this is the obvious benefit. Lower stress levels increases productivity while both at work and at home.

  • Self-efficacy: an intrinsic benefit of adding exercise to your work schedule. Not only will you get more work done, more importantly you will have confidence in accomplishing any given task. This is why most entrepreneurs are capable of saying “yes” to seemingly impossible tasks, but still finding a way to complete the task. What you accomplish during exercise makes you more confident in personal and professional realms.

  • Combining a few simple HIIT (high-intensity-interval-training) workouts with a couple of runs per week will be your best bet. However, if you like the “wind-down time” after work you have options like yoga, taking long walks or pilates class- the key is to engage in exercise that dissipates stress and adds to your sense of what you are capable of.

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