Here at MediaHQ, we see hundreds of press releases pass through our system every week. The PR world is exciting, lively and fun. You PR professionals have jam packed schedules and very busy lifestyles. So, making time to exercise may be the last thing on your list. From a young age however, we were encouraged to get one hour of exercise a day. How many of us actually follow this guideline?
According to our News Diary feature, Dublin’s Women’s Mini Marathon, Cork City Marathon, Mourne Way Marathon, Hell and Back and The International Day of Yoga all take place in the month of June. So, in spirit of the few active weeks ahead, we have devised a list of five tricks to find time to exercise for busy PR pros.
Don’t get us wrong. We don’t expect you to cycle three hours to work everyday. But if you live relatively close to the office, consider running or cycling into work a few times a week. Not only will you burn off those calories, regular physical exercise can increase your productivity in the workplace. Your body and the planet will thank you, just remember to bring a spare change of clothes to change into when you make it to the office!
Some of us have no choice but to drive or get public transport to work. However, parking a little bit further away from the office than normal or getting off the bus one stop earlier allows you to get in a bit of exercise before and after work.
Take the stairs
Once you’re inside the building, you usually have two choices: elevator or stairs. Choose the latter. It will help you build muscle mass and burn extra calories. This is a small but effective way to bring exercise into your daily routine.
Lunch time locomotion
While it may be hard to sacrifice your entire lunch hour, dedicating half of your break to exercise is very doable. Walk to the shop to get your lunch. Lift dumbbells at the desk.
The International Day of Yoga takes place on Friday the 21st of June. So, why not bring a yoga mat to work? Use your time wisely and efficiently.
Mark it in your planner
Sometimes, being able to fit exercise into your busy schedule is just about making a commitment and sticking to it. Write it in your planner. Block off three or four hours a week dedicated solely to your physical health. Treat it as any other appointment. Once you start thinking of it as an obligation, like a dentist appointment or Skype interview for example, and not something you can ignore, you will be more inclined to stick to the plan and get it done.
Bring a friend to the gym
This one is very effective for two reasons. Firstly, you get a chance to see friends that you have been too hectic to see for a while. Secondly, while it may be relatively easy to bail on your plans to exercise alone, making plans with friends will encourage you to keep up your side of the bargain. Friends are less likely to cancel on one another. Instead of meeting for a rushed coffee, have a bit of fun and go to a dance class together. You’re not going to regret it.
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