Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to exercise for 15 minutes in the morning. When you get to work in the morning, do you feel like you ready to go? Is your brain functional yet? Are you in a good mood? If you're not a morning person, you probably answered "no" to some, if not all, of those questions. But instead of reaching for that second (or third) cup of coffee, try a different strategy: exercise. Even if you only exercise for 15 minutes each morning, you’ll get your blood moving, wake up your brain, and boost your mood before you even get to the office. How nice would it be to walk into the office and sit down at your desk, ready to take on the day? And wouldn't it feel GREAT to be in a good mood when you get to work? (Remember what Elle Woods says, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.") Force yourself to roll out of bed, do a few jumping jacks, pushups, or squats. It will make you more awake, productive, and less irritated once you get to work. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me. This week, challenge yourself to exercise for 15 minutes each morning. Getting out of bed a little earlier might be hard at first, but you’ll notice that you’ll be awake and ready to go when you walk into the office. As a result, you’ll be more productive throughout the day. Plus, you'll find yourself feeling refreshed and ready to take on anything that hits you. How long do you exercise in the morning? What are your secrets to getting your workout done first thing each day? Tell us!
Everyone knows that you should walk around every once and awhile, especially if you have a desk job. But do we walk enough during the work day? Probably not (I know I don’t). Related: The Negative Effects Of Sitting All Day Well, surprise, surprise – sitting all day is terrible for your health. In fact, it increases your chance of depression, anxiety, and premature death. Yeah, these are some of the not-so-awesome side effects of sitting constantly. (Are you out walking yet?) If you need more evidence that walking is a crucial addition to your daily routine, check out these compelling reasons to get walking at work:
Most people know yoga as a physical practice that increases strength, agility, and flexibility, but the postures done on a mat are just a fraction of what it has to offer. Yoga’s foundational philosophy offers a treasure trove of other practices that can help you be more effective and productive at work. Related: 5 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast Based on the yoga sutras written thousands of years ago by an Indian sage named Patanjali, this ancient wisdom has much to offer the modern workplace. Organized into Eight Limbs, these yoga practices offer an ethical framework, a personal code of conduct, and practices that lead to greater self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and resilience — all of which contribute to personal effectiveness in the workplace. Yoga doesn't offer prescriptions or make demands, but karma is a prominent principle. Karma means that every action or thought has consequences, and we are responsible for what happens to us. Yoga practices help people clearly see this connection, which leads to increased personal accountability and more mindful decision-making.