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Developing an exercise routine
Having an exercise routine is important for your overall health and wellbeing, as it has immediate and long term health benefits. Research shows that exercise can help with your cardiovascular health, obesity, diabetes and your mental health.1
Creating an exercise plan can also be a great way to ensure you develop a consistent routine. Exercise doesn’t have to only involve a high intensity workout or lifting healthy weights, it can also include low intensity physical activity that can be beneficial for your health as well.2
Set some time aside to exercise
Setting a time to exercise during your busy day is a great way to stay on track with your routine. Try setting a time that works with your schedule, which could be before work, during your lunch break or after work.
Walk and talk
Exercise can stimulate your brain’s blood flow and is great for brainstorming ideas. Even when you are working aim to take 10,000 steps a day.
A creative way to incorporate exercise into your daily work routine is to hold a meeting with your colleagues during a walk together. This is a great way to achieve daily step goal while also being productive.
Find a workout buddy
Having a workout buddy can make exercise more enjoyable and can help keep you both accountable to each other. This can also help you to exercise more regularly, as you’re less likely to make excuses to not exercise if you’re doing it with a friend.
Set small goals
Be realistic when setting fitness goals. Setting small attainable goals will keep you motivated and you’re more likely to succeed. Even though you may experience some bad days that could affect your exercise routine, it’s beneficial to pick yourself back up when you’re ready and keep going in your health and fitness journey.
Blog post by Complete Corporate Wellness. Visit their website: completecorporatewellness.com.au
- Better Health Channel, “Physical activity, it’s important”, Better Health Channel, betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/physical-activity-its-important
- Andy Tse, Thomson Wong & Paul Lee, “Effect of Low-intensity Exercise on Physical and Cognitive Health in Older Adults: a Systematic Review”, Sports Medicine, sportsmedicineopen.springeropen.com/articles/
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