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How to Make Exercise Work for You

December 5, 2014

Make Exercise Part of Your Work Routine

Regular exercise can produce countless benefits—from improved concentration and sharper memory to enhanced creativity and lower stress—all of which boost workplace performance. Yet many of us believe we don’t have the time. So instead of viewing exercise as something you do for yourself, consider physical activity as part of the work itself. Here are a few ways to incorporate more exercise into your routine:

  • Identify a physical activity you like. You’re more likely to stick with an activity if you enjoy doing it. If you’re not into treadmills, try tennis or swimming or dancing.
  • Invest in improving your performance. Don’t think of it as “getting some exercise.” Focus on mastering an activity. Hire a coach, enroll in a class, and buy the right clothing and equipment.
  • Become part of a group. Find an exercise regimen that involves other people. It can be more fun and keep you committed.

Adapted from “Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job” by Ron Friedman.

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