I would disagree with the statement “I have no time for exercise.” Exercise is cumulative. Five minutes here, five minutes there…it all adds up.

If you work in an office, sitting in front of a computer, take five minutes out of every hour to do a little something…squats, lunges, chair or desk dips. Bring hand weights to work, and work your arms and shoulders. Take part of your lunch break and walk around your building. All it takes is a little creativity to get a workout in by spreading it throughout the day.

You say, “Ok, that’s great for strength exercises, but what do I do about cardio?” Here’s what you do…do your strength exercises as fast as you can in each five minute session. Not only will you build strength, but you’ll raise your heart rate and increase your breathing, which is the whole point of cardio.

In an eight hour workday, those five minutes per hour add up to a 40 minute workout…a 12 hour workday would yield a full hour workout. Either way, it will help you concentrate better at your work tasks, and increase your productivity. You’ll also be less likely to be sleepy in the afternoon at work if you move around for five minutes out of every hour. Besides, if anyone asks you about it or comments that you look silly…just tell them it helps you focus better. You may find yourself starting a trend.

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