You Are Not Too Busy to Exercise

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by Stephanie Nickel

Your email inbox has 1,000 unread messages.

You have not one but two major work projects that are due early next week.

Your daughter needs her costume shortened for tomorrow night’s play.

To top it off, your best friend is getting married next month—and you’re the matron of honour.

If anyone’s too busy to exercise, it’s you.


Granted, you may not have the time to hit the gym five times a week—or even two. But there is plenty you can do and countless reasons why you should.

Why exercise?

Generally speaking . . .

Exercise helps you think more clearly and work more efficiently.


Exercise gives you a more positive outlook.


Exercise relieves stress.


Exercise can help prevent burnout.


Exercise helps you sleep more restfully.


Exercise sets a good example for those around you.


How can I find the time?

  • Go for a walk during your lunch break.
  • Climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
  • Park at the back of the lot.
  • Learn simple exercises and stretches you can do at your desk.
  • Exercise your eyes regularly. Remember the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Schedule physical activity in your day planner—and keep your appointment with yourself.
  • If your new client is a fitness buff, discuss business on side-by-side treadmills rather than over lunch.
  • Organize an office fitness challenge. You could even raise money for a favourite charity in the process. Keep it super simple though.

One final thought . . .

Instead of allowing the family to head off in a dozen different directions, seek to find a physical activity you all enjoy and participate in it together on a regular basis.

You are not too busy to exercise. (click to tweet)


Steph Beth Nickel is an author, a freelance editor and writer, a labour doula, and a former personal trainer.

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