THINK Exercise for Better Productivity

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What does a typical virtual assistant usually do after getting out of bed? One washes his face, brush his teeth or have a mouthwash, comb his hair or take a shower. Then he prepares and eats his breakfast while watching TV or reading the news.

And what does he usually shelve and say he’d do it later?  It is to exercise, a priority that one should always do to keep fit.

We all know what exercise does to our bodies. But we always tend to forget or shelve it due to numerous tasks we have initially planned at home or at work. We tend to think of it as a chore and it takes an attitude adjustment to get ourselves to do an exercise program especially if we have led a sedentary life and have not exercised for a while. Doing the following may encourage us to have a regular exercise regimen:

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T – Think of it as a necessity like preparing and cooking food, eating your breakfast, washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or having a shower. It is like a daily activity you ought to do during the day.

Starting to exercise does not mean you need to have a rigorous regimen. You may want to go swimming, do brisk walking, walk your dog, do some squats while watching TV, play with the kids, or follow a light exercise video. Figure out what works best for you. Set reasonable goals and later increase it when you no longer feel challenged. Setting a 30 minute schedule three times a week is a fitting way to start.

H – Have an exercise journal. This will keep you accountable for what you have done and show you how hard you’ve been doing. This will also motivate you to keep on going because you have seen your accomplishment. Once you feel complacent on your exercise routine, then it is time to level up and try something different.

I – If you tend to excuse yourself, then include it as an appointment within the day. If you feel bored doing it alone, then try joining a group or team and make it a social activity. You may also ask a family member or a friend to join you to make it more enjoyable.

N – Never give up if you miss a day or two. Always bear in mind that the body needs exercise. It does not only combats diseases but helps in managing your weight, boosts your energy level, improves your mood, and makes you feel much better. It also increases stamina, promotes better sleep, and definitely, a great stress reliever.

K – Keep it up. Keep on going because over time, it will surely be a habit. It becomes a routine that you always look forward to every day.

So better start exercising today. Believe in yourself that you can do it. Don’t end up postponing it again because tomorrow you might realize you should have started way back. The sooner you THINK, the better you get.

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