It's that time of year again where we bid farewell to the season of overindulgence and make way for our New Year's resolutions. For many of us, shifting a few of those festive pounds is high on the list but as busy business owners, it's not always easy to incorporate a trip to the gym into your already jam packed day.
Don't worry, we've done the hard work for you and come up with five ways you can stay active and be productive at the same time.
1 - Watch and Listen to Content During Your Workout
Thanks to smartphones and mobile devices, we have a wealth of information available on the go. So why not turn your twenty minute jog to the shop or ten minute stroll to the Post Office into precious learning time?
If you're lacking motivation or need some help with social media marketing, the Goal Digger podcast by Jenna Kutcher is a must. Maybe you're a fan of TED Talks? There are a tonne of inspiring videos on YouTube, like this '6 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch' playlist. Or perhaps you need some guidance on how to run a creative business? The Dear Handmade Life podcast is packed with useful topics such as finding your ideal customer and wholesale tips for makers.
2 - Buy a Standing Desk
We're all guilty of spending too much time sat at our desks. When there's so much to do and not enough time to do it, it's easy to feel like you can't afford to take any time out to exercise. If this sounds like you then investing in an adjustable desk, like this IKEA standing desk for just £179, is the perfect solution. Not only does standing burn more calories per hour than sitting, but it also improves posture and builds core strength.
3 - Walk While on the Phone
If you can't find a spare five minutes to get up and move around then try exercising while you're on the phone. Need to call a supplier to chase your latest order? You could walk up and down the stairs a few times to get your circulation going. Mum called to check what time she's picking up the kids? There's at least ten minutes you could squeeze in a few squats. The great thing about this one is that not only are you using up otherwise dead time but you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
4 - Walk to the Post Office
If you're always taking orders to the Post Office and you live within walkable distance of one, you could try swapping your usual car journey for a brisk walk every other day. Not only would you burn off some of those Christmas calories but you'd save money on petrol, too. In fact, if your nearest Post Office was one and a half miles away and you walked there and back twice a week every week for a year, you'd save just over £40 in fuel! Just think what you could spend that money on. Perhaps a few new Photo Boards®?
5 - Plan Your Time During a Workout
Why not plan out your week while working up a sweat? Think about what you would love to achieve the next day or next week while running those miles or pushing those weights (it's much better than counting reps and thinking how much it hurts!), then easily and quickly record your ideas using Apps like Todoist and Wunderlist which help you organise your daily tasks and keep you on track with helpful reminders and task categories.
Finally, relax! After all that working and working out it is important to just stop and listen to yourself from time to time. Great ideas often come when you give yourself space and peace with no screens or gadgets to interrupt you.
We hope your 2018 is productive, healthy and successful!