Fitting an exercise routine into your busy day can pose a challenge. On top of that, many of us experience an energy slump in the early afternoon that only gets worse as the work day drags on. By the end of the day you often feel drained, and committing to a full workout sounds less than tempting.
Those are just some of the reasons that breaking your exercise routine into smaller, more manageable increments throughout the day can be helpful. Plus, if you time it right, a quick ten-minute walk can actually serve as an energy booster. Not only will you feel better throughout the rest of the day; you might find that your afternoon workout feels much easier.
Next time you’re feeling sluggish at work, try this ten-minute walking workout. Of course, you will need to go to work prepared, so take your walking shoes and map out an appropriate walking route ahead of time.
For the first two minutes, walk at a comfortable moderate pace.
For the next six minutes, challenge yourself to a more brisk pace. At this point, begin to pay attention to your breath. Inhale for four counts and then exhale for four counts. Some people prefer to time their inhalation and exhalation with their steps, but this can feel tricky at a faster pace. Experiment and do whatever works best for you. You will begin to notice that this breath technique boosts your energy and helps you to feel more mindful during your workout.
Finally, cool down for two minutes, slowing your pace so that it feels natural and comfortable.
That’s it! It sounds simple because it is. Give it a try, and see if this quick energy boosting workout helps you to feel more alert and focused for the rest of the day. If you can manage several energy boosting walks throughout the work day, you can complete your exercise routine without even disrupting your schedule.
And if you have any other questions about your exercise routine or a weight loss plan, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.