One benefit of working at home is that you may be able to more easily get regular exercise, at home or at the gym. Of course, like all tasks, you will need to schedule exercise into your diary, otherwise you will put it off. But there are a number of good reasons for you to take advantage of more flexibility with your day that you have, so make sure that you do schedule regular exercise into your day or week.
Exercise has health benefits, whether you work at home or not. Improving your strength, endurance and flexibility will help you avoid injuries, aches and pains that affect you throughout your day and reduce your productivity in work. An exercise program can help you burn calories, enhance fitness and reduce your vulnerability to the effects of illnesses. As a small business owner, you cannot afford really to be ill often – if you are not working, who is keeping an eye on the business?
Regular exercise doesn’t have to take place at a gym though. Of course it would be lovely to pop down the gym to use the latest machines, followed by a relaxing sauna. But it’s not always necessary. Incorporating an at-home exercise program into your busy schedule can help you save time getting prepared to go somewhere, and doing small sets of exercises can reinvigorate you when you start to tire or get bored with your work. Taking 5-10 minutes to perform a set of stretches, toe touches, and other exercises can get oxygenated blood flowing again. You give up a few minutes of time, but will be much more productive when you start working again.
A regular exercise program does not have to be complex or an expensive activity to be effective. Walking, jogging, and lifting light weights (even a tin of baked beans in each hand), can have a lasting impact.
One thing to take note though. If you are just starting an exercise program, you should get a check-up by your doctor first, especially if it has been some time since you last exercised regularly. Their advice can help you choose the right exercises for you, and ensure that you don’t put your body under any stress that it is not ready for.
So whilst you are a busy work at home business owner, there is no excuse not to schedule exercise into your daily or weekly routine. No more excuses!