Let’s face it – everyone is exposed to stress at one point or another at work. Whether it’s preparing for a big meeting or working with tight deadlines, we are all eventually put into a position where the pressure is on. November and December are particularly busy months at our integrated marketing agency as we’re developing and implementing creative strategies for our clients attending the International CES in January.
Everyone at our PR agency handles stress differently, but there is one surefire way to combat the constant worrying over your lengthy To Do list – exercise! According to an article found in the Huffington Post, stress weakens the brain’s memory and exercise promotes the body’s production of hormones that directly fight this process and actually improve your cognitive function. Pumping those endorphins is not only a great way to improve your mood, but to help better manage your workload in the long run.
While we all know exercise is very important to our overall health, it can be difficult to fit a gym session into our schedule during exceptionally busy days. There are some alternatives to spending an hour at the gym that can help give you a quick boost when you’re feeling overwhelmed. At our integrated marketing agency, we are all participating in a 30-day plank challenge.
There are a number of exercises you can do during your workday – and if you can get your whole team on board, the support makes it easier and a lot of fun!
Schedule team exercises
As previously mentioned, the team at our PR agency is participating in a plank challenge. Try scheduling 5 minutes out of your day to do group jumping jacks, push-ups or even wall squats if you have the space.
Nix the chair and sit on a ball
Sitting on an exercise ball as opposed to your office chair forces you to engage your core muscles to maintain balance. It also helps your posture.
Take a lap around the building
Not only does stepping away from your desk provide some mental clarity and help you refocus, but the fresh air will do you good!
Take that client call standing up
The average person burns 100 calories per hour sitting down and 140 calories standing up. If your client meeting over the phone doesn’t require you to be at your computer, why not take advantage of that time and stand up. You can take this time to do some lightweight arm exercises too – it’s not like they can see you!
Implementing some of these changes to your daily routine can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing. Do you know any exercises that can easily be completed during the day? We’d love to hear about them!