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Leading the Way: How to Fit Exercise into a Busy Schedule

Leading the Way: How to Fit Exercise into a Busy Schedule

As leaders, we know the challenges that come with balancing a demanding schedule, meeting the needs of our teams, and juggling personal responsibilities. Finding time for exercise might seem like an insurmountable obstacle, but even a few moments of movement can have a significant impact on our ability to show up, serve, and lead our employees well. Let's explore practical ways to overcome these obstacles and prioritize movement in our daily lives.

Barrier: Lack of Time

Time is a precious commodity for leaders, but fitting in exercise doesn't have to be daunting. Consider these tips to make movement a part of your busy schedule:

  1. Strategic Scheduling: Treat exercise as an essential appointment and put it on your calendar. This intentional commitment ensures it becomes a non-negotiable part of your day.
  2. Small Steps: Break exercise into smaller chunks throughout the day. Short sessions of stretching, walking during breaks, or quick exercises can add up to significant benefits.
  3. Everyday Integration: Look for opportunities to incorporate movement into your routine. Take the stairs, do simple exercises during household chores, or engage in physical activities with family or friends.

Barrier: Lack of Motivation

Leaders often face moments of low motivation, especially when stress and fatigue set in. But there are effective ways to reignite that spark:

  1. Team Up: Find an accountability partner, someone who can exercise with you or check in on your progress. Mutual support and encouragement can keep motivation high.
  2. Embrace Novelty: Shake things up with new exercise routines or activities. Join a dance class, explore different workout videos, or take your yoga practice outdoors for a fresh perspective.
  3. Celebrate Your Wins: Set achievable goals and celebrate your progress. Remember, exercise is a reward for yourself, not a punishment.

Barrier: Lack of Accessibility

If limited access to resources is a concern, explore alternatives to make movement work for you:

  1. Adapt and Modify: Find exercises that suit your physical capabilities. Low-impact activities like swimming or home workouts can be equally beneficial.
  2. Home-based Solutions: You don't need a gym membership to stay active. Use household items as makeshift weights or enjoy outdoor activities for a change of scenery.
  3. Community Connections: Look into community resources that offer affordable or free exercise options. Local centers or organizations may have programs that suit your needs.

Prioritizing movement is an investment in your mental well-being and your capacity to lead with impact.  By integrating movement into our daily lives, we not only set an inspiring example but also generate a positive influence on our teams.  A dedication to well-being extends beyond the workplace, elevating how you show up at home and in your various roles.

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