(Note: first appeared on my stressarrestman blog)
Exercise is a woefully neglected stress management & reduction strategy for many busy high achieving executives. Their workday is so full that they simply feel they do not have the time or energy to do exercise. And yet this is a fallacy because getting some exercise is as easy as simply taking a stroll. There is no need to spend an hour or more sweating it out at the gym.
You will discover excellent health and stress relief benefits from walking and…
It will also give you more time to think things through - you kill two birds with one stone. You see, exercise and breathing are nature’s way of ridding toxins from your body.
Studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle adds to feelings of stress. This is especially true of sitting hunched up in front of a computer or tablet all day - you probably have felt the need to stretch after a period of sitting. This is our body’s way of telling us it is time to move around a little and get some more oxygen into our blood.
John Grinder, co-founder of NLP and his partner Carmen Bostic St Claire have developed some short but immensely powerful 10 minute exercises that combine NLP and modest amounts of physical exercise to achieve a peak performance state - I use them regularly and find they have incredible benefits.
And, just in case you think you have no time to exercise, here is a little secret. My office is on the ninth floor. I decided to start walking up those floors rather than take the lift and you know what?
I found it was much quicker than waiting around for the lift to arrive.
I also find I have more energy and feel much stronger too. It is such a simple stress management strategy and won’t take any time at all… Why don’t you give it a try today?
There is no need to go crazy and run up nine floors either. Start off with a modest target and build from there as you find yourself getting stronger and healthier.
For instance you could elect to get out of the lift two floors before your floor or walk to the third floor and take the lift from there… Do that daily and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Alternatively you could just go outside and walk a couple of blocks or take a short stroll in the park and have a change of scenery.
It really is as easy as that to get started…
And if you feel a little more adventurous why not look into taking Yoga, Tai Chi or similar?
As a bonus you will also find you are more productive in the office and have a better mood.