Style My Soul looks into how we can incorporate more physical activity into our daily routines.
Incorporate Morning Walks
About a year and a half ago, I started getting up a little earlier and walking over five miles each morning. It has been easy to do and doesn’t cost more than a couple of pairs of walking shoes. I started listening to audiobooks and financial podcasts during my walks, which have improved my business and financial outlook. All from walking, my health is better, and my financial future is as well. - Katrina Klier, Senior Managing Partner, Sage Strategy Group
Use Breaks for Quick Activities
People nowadays like planning their day to the minute, and even schedule breaks — especially if they’re following the Pomodoro method of larger chunks of working time broken by 5- or 10-minute breathers. So, I would suggest using these breaks to your advantage and setting time for physical activity in them. For example, if you’re on a five-minute break, go on one, two, or three 1-minute sprints and then resettle to work. This way, you keep yourself active and alert, and also avoid letting the brief breaks turn into longer procrastination periods. - Manasvini Krishna, Founder, Boss as a Service
Shift Gym Sessions to the Morning
Recently, I switched my evening gym session to a lunchtime or morning gym session. My concentration, focus, and clarity improve overnight. Plus, I don’t skip my sessions because I’m too tired. After a day in marketing, thinking creatively and analyzing data, I found myself saying, “I’m just not feeling the gym tonight.” The morning and lunchtime sessions mean that I don’t have the excuse of being tired. Plus, my work has improved for it, and my workouts are better for feeling stronger earlier in the day. - Megan Vardhan, Digital Manager, Skinician
Exercise with Friends for Fun and Accountability
One tip to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine is to exercise with friends. Having friends by your side when you exercise can be a good way to find the fun in working out, and it can ease your nerves about embarking on your fitness journey. For example, setting up a weekly hike with your friends can provide you with a great way to catch up on their lives and get a good workout at the same time. Additionally, working out with friends can keep you accountable on those days when your motivation is low. Once you are comfortable getting out and exercising with friends, you will become acclimated to the grind of working out and might start to enjoy it enough to do it on your own. Exercising with friends is a great way to incorporate more physical activity into your routine, as it can keep your mind off the activity and make you more accountable.
- Tyler York, CEO, Achievable
Schedule Workouts as Non-Negotiable Appointments
One tip that has been instrumental for me in incorporating more physical activity into my daily routine is scheduling my workouts as non-negotiable appointments in my calendar — ideally, first thing in the morning — and also asking a friend to join you. I treat my exercise time with the same level of importance as a business meeting or critical decision-making session. I’ve found that early morning workouts set a positive tone for the day, infuse me with energy, and sharpen my focus. By dedicating time for physical activity before the workday begins, I ensure that the pressures and unexpected developments of the day don’t push exercise off my agenda.
- Fabian Pelzl, CEO, KNOWRON
Track Physical Activity with Health Apps
Health Apps are a useful tool to track your daily physical activity. Understanding if you are on the right track for daily exercise is crucial, regardless of how busy your routine is. Physical fitness should always be a priority. A phone, an essential tool that you carry everywhere, can be utilized to download health applications that track your daily step count. Major health issues can arise from failing to do proper exercise during work routines. Using health apps on a phone to track progress is a beneficial practice. Increasing the daily step count to 7,000 steps, which is roughly 5.1 kilometers, can be a good start. This practice allows for easy tracking of weight and daily step count, contributing to maintaining health, even during tough work routines.
- Perry Zheng, Founder and CEO, Pallas
Utilize Short Online Workout Videos
Many videos on YouTube show you how to do yoga, qi gong, rhythmic aerobics, and even dance workouts from the comfort of your home. The best part? These videos are only 5 to 15 minutes long, so it’s easy to incorporate them into a busy day. Most importantly, they make you feel good. - Anett Racz, Freelance Copywriter
Increase Daily Active Goals and Track Steps
A straightforward, yet highly effective, tip for introducing more physical activity into your day-to-day life is to incorporate more walking into your routine. For example, instead of taking the elevator, opt for the stairs. You might also want to consider walking if you only travel a short distance. To make this even more engaging, I use my watch to count my daily steps. It becomes a fun and motivating game where I try to beat my previous day’s step count. This not only keeps me physically active, but also adds an element of enjoyment to my daily routine. It’s surprising how a simple challenge to yourself makes a big difference in your life! - David Rubie-Todd, Co-Founder and Marketing Head, Sticker It
Go for Brisk Walks During Work Breaks
Taking advantage of the benefits of walking, especially when working from home, can be a strategy to improve both your physical and mental well-being. If you’re someone who enjoys going for walks like I do, you might want to give the “Segmented Walk Strategy” a try. Whenever you take breaks from work, take the opportunity to go on brisk, ten-minute walks around your neighborhood or simply pace around in your garden or balcony. This not only helps keep your body active but also provides a mental reset by breaking the monotony of work. Being outdoors and engaging in activities like walking can actually stimulate creativity and problem-solving skills, so it’s like multitasking. You’re taking care of both your body and mind while remaining productive. Over time, these shorter and longer intervals of walking will seamlessly become part of your routine, making wellness a natural component of your work-from-home lifestyle. - Jake Maslow, Owner, Streetwise Journal
Incentivize Activity with a Company-Wide Club
Incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine can be achieved by having a company program that incentivizes getting your steps in! A company-wide walking club, for example, where steps are recorded with apps on phones and weekly steps are submitted to team leaders. At the end of each month, two winners are announced: one who had the most steps and one randomly drawn from those who met a minimum step count. This approach definitely encourages more walking!
- Amanda McCrea, Senior Content Coordinator, Online Optimism