Monday, April 14, 2014

Tips to Help You Gain Focus & Get Active!

No doubt about it.  It is time to Get Active!

After these holiday months, I am ready to put some focus on me!  The problem?  I still need to work.  I have clients to keep happy and bills to pay.  I also have blogs to write and social media obligations.

Is it possible to do both?  
I answer with a resounding “Yes”!

The key for me has been to not deny myself.  I have implemented a work schedule with built in “me time”.  I find that when it is scheduled into my day, I do it!

As an added benefit, I found that taking an “active” break recharges me.  I gain better focus, added energy, and even find that I am more creative.

Regular active breaks get you away from your desk and out of your seat. Like most people, I enjoy and am energized by my breaks from work. 

Taking an active break does not have to be a huge commitment.  It can be as simple as a 10 or 15 minute walk around the block or, as it sometimes is for me, a quick stepping or boxing session with my Wii.

What is important is planning these breaks into your day.  I find it best to begin each day with something active.  It gets my metabolism moving and revs up my energy to tackle the work ahead.

The next break I take is usually around lunch.  If I can, I like to get outside and take a brisk walk.  If the weather isn’t cooperating, once again it is my Wii to the rescue.  

I end the day much the same way.  Many times it is a longer walk or Wii session after dinner.  The longer Spring and Summer days really help.

Reasons Why I Take a Break:

  • It is Good for My Body and Health ~ My body is not designed for sitting hours on end.  I know my back, neck, and shoulders feel the strain, along with my eyes from staring at my screen.  Getting up and moving has made all the difference.
  • I Feel More Creative & Effective ~ I have found that when I return after a brisk walk (or a session on my Wii!), my mind is clearer.  Often something that has been puzzling me, or a blog article that just won’t come together, is suddenly not so daunting.

  • I Become more In-tune with my Surroundings ~ Without sounding too “zen”, I find real peace being outside and moving (and if that outside happens to be the beach, watch out!).    
  • I Feel Much Better at the End of the Day ~ Stress levels and headaches are lessened and my energy high.  I have also found I sleep much better!
According to an article on, “Take Short Walks to Live Longer”;
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 30 minutes of physical activity each day. By squeezing in an additional 15 minutes, you'll likely live even longer and make your daily life a lot more pleasurable.”

While working from home definitely helps me easily fit these active breaks into my schedule, 
you can do this even from an outside office.  

Tips on How You can Incorporate Active Breaks into Your Day
  • Go for a Short Walk Every Day ~ It can be outside or indoors, just get moving!  Over time you can increase your distance, or simply take a few short walking breaks each day (even three 15 minute breaks work great).
  • Join a Fitness Program ~ Choose a time that works for you.  Try to choose an activity that you can also do on your own time.  This will help you keep it up even on weekends.
  • Support a Fund-Raising Walk or Run ~ Join with co-workers or, if you work from home, recruit other local at-home workers.  Train for the event as a group daily or at least several times a week.  This type of active break is great for team building. 
No matter what you do, 
it is important that you Get Active!

While I have certainly not always been the “poster child” for healthy living, I have discovered that I really need to do this for me.  It is not simply about fitting into nicer clothes, it is about my overall physical and mental well being.

Occasionally I am able to take a much longer than normal break in downtown Washington D.C.  I will meet my husband for lunch, then spent the rest of the afternoon walking down to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms if they are in season.  I then make my way to the WWII Memorial, walk along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial, and then the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials.

I even get to see the the Einstein statue (one of my favorites)!  I then make my way along Connecticut Ave., up 17th, to Farragut Park and back on the Metro.

***Side note ~ I took all the pictures in this post during that walk!

While I don’t usually have the 
luxury of all that time, 
taking an extended break can be glorious.  

I hope each of you can do it too.  You are worth it!

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