You are an entrepreneur, or perhaps someone with a desk job. Either way you spend hours working in front of a couple of pounds of glass and circuitry, otherwise known as a computer. Deadlines loom, work needs doing, and slowly but surely you are losing energy.
As a full time student and entrepreneur I know what you are feeling, and I’m fighting it. How am I fighting looming deadlines and lack of energy? By trying to get my health in shape! At this point I won’t lie, I have less muscle than I should and more extra bulk than I need. Ok, sure winter is coming but there is such a thing as too much insulation.
I would like to share some of my methods to incorporate physical activity into a largely sedentary day with you.
Method One: Walking
Walking is probably one of the most emphasised and most underrated methods of getting moving. Even if it’s just walking to the fridge and back, a quick stretch and walk can loosen your muscles, increase your circulation, and help you think. Add a few deep breaths into that quick walk and the extra oxygen will help your brain function. I like stealing fifteen minutes when I get bogged down and taking a quick .75km walk. It takes less than fifteen minutes, on average, and helps me process whatever it was I was working on. It’s also great for generating ideas.
Method Two: Calisthenics
Also known as body-weight training, calisthenics are helpful if you want to build or maintain muscle. As the name “body weight training” might indicate, the only equipment necessary is your own body. Push-ups are an example of a Calisthenics exercise. Another benefit of this type of training is that it usually uses your whole body, even if focused on only a few muscle groups. A push-up mostly uses the arms, but the core and leg muscles are also engaged as part of it. I like dropping counter push-ups into my dishwashing routine, and sometimes grab some crunches while I’m waiting for something up (like the sink or bathtub to fill, or the kettle to boil).
Method Three: Dance
I love to dance, though I’ve only learned two proper methods. One is circle dancing, which unfortunately can be awkward to fit inside the house. The second method, Irish dancing, does not need as much room and gives a very powerful leg workout. However, dance without a method is just as good and possible better. Dance can get you moving and stretching in ways that walking just cannot. You can also use your favorite music, and sometimes music can help remove blocks and refresh the mind too!