Lately I’ve been reading more and more about the whole-life benefits of exercise. In addition to fitting into your skinny jeans, it can help your skin, mood, and even increase productivity at work. Finding the recommended 30 minutes a day is easier said than done, but the good news is: adding short bouts (5 minutes or so) of activity throughout your work day can have profound effects on your overall health, including elevated mood, decreased fatigue, sustained energy, and appetite control. What's more, moderate activity or "active rest" throughout the day can increase energy more effectively than that tempting power nap or afternoon coffee-run. I’ll also throw in my own added benefit: at 5 minutes a pop, you don’t feel like you’re "working out" (Score!) My new favorite is hopping on a Balance Board for a few minutes to get me through those afternoon slumps. (Pro Tip: Do not attempt in heels). What’s your favorite way to sneak in some fitness during your work day?
Michishita, Ryoma et al. “The Practice of Active Rest by Workplace Units Improves Personal Relationships, Mental Health, and Physical Activity among Workers.” Journal of Occupational Health 59.2 (2017): 122–130. PMC.