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Shake Up Your Lunch Break With a Workout

Monday, June 29, 2015
How long is your lunch break? 30 minutes? An hour? No matter how much time you have, there’s always enough time to get in a quick workout! Early mornings can make it tough to find the motivation to exercise and after work the last thing you probably want to do is hit the gym, so check out our list of simple ways to incorporate some fitness into your lunch break.

Take a Stroll
If you have a shorter lunch break, going for a quick walk is a great option. Why? Because there’s no equipment required and you can do it anywhere. If you’re a fitness newbie, walking is also a good fit because it’s a low intensity way to get active. Plus it’s a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air. For even more fun, grab one of your co-workers and have them join you!

Stretch It Out
Stuck at a desk all day? Yoga is a great way to stretch out your muscles and work out any kinks that have formed from sitting for long periods of time. Many businesses have workplace yoga, but another option is to find a lunch time yoga class in your area. Reap the benefits of yoga, including lower stress levels, increased balance and flexibility, and reduced risk of chronic diseases, by trying it out your next lunch break.

Take the Stairs
Some days we’re just so busy that we don’t have time to leave the office during lunch. On those days, we challenge you to take the stairs! At a brisk speed, go up and down the stairs in your building a handful of times. Climbing the stairs takes more effort than walking, especially when you don’t use your arms to gain momentum. You may feel silly going up and down the stairs, but afterwards you’ll feel refreshed and energized!

Feeling Ambitious?
When time permits, you can always head to the gym over lunch. Whether you have your own routine you stick to or you’re starting fresh, the gym is a great way to burn off steam and get away from the office. Check out Self’s 10 lunchtime workouts under 30 minutes for inspiration for your next trip to the gym!

Do you get out of the office and get active over your lunch break? Share your favorite tips and activities with us in a comment below or on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page & on Instagram.


Balancing Work & Play

Monday, June 22, 2015
Today's technology-filled world makes it easy for people to be reached anywhere at any time of day. For keeping in touch with family and friends who live in a different state or country, this is great. However, this tie to technology and communication can be dangerous when it comes to work because it limits the boundaries of a person's work life and their personal life. In addition to stress, extended workdays can lead to relationship problems, impact your health and can negatively affect your overall happiness. To help keep you happy at work and at home, check out our tips for balancing your professional and personal lives.

Leave Work at the Office
This may sound obvious, but a simple way to separate your work and personal life is to leave your work at the office at the end of the day. Although this is a simple concept, for many people it is easier said than done. In order to leave all work at the office, this requires completely disconnecting yourself from your email and phone, so no responding to messages or calls. Unplugging from your devices helps provide a barrier so you can enjoy time with friends, family or yourself without being interrupted with work matters.

Exercise After Work
Often when people are busy one of the first things to be eliminated is exercise, even though it is one of our most necessary activities. Working out is a great stress reducer, so after a stressful day at the office it just makes sense to exercise! Instead of bringing your stress and frustrations home with you, try stopping at the gym to get your blood pumping and clear your mind.

Delegate Tasks
One of the reasons you're likely putting in extra hours is because there aren't enough hours in the workday for you to complete your assignments. It's important to remember that you're only one person, so when things start to pile up you need to ask for help. Delegate tasks to co-workers, but in doing so provide them with enough time to complete the task at hand otherwise they’ll be the one putting in time after work hours to meet the deadline.

Do you have your own ways of balancing your work and home life? Share your tips with us in a comment or on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page.


Quick Ways to De-stress

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Everybody gets stressed out. Whether you’re a college student, parent, business professional or all of the above, it’s easy for life to get busy and before you know it, your to-dos have completely taken over your day, week, or month. It’s important that you deal with what is stressing you out early, because too much stress can lead to mental and physical health problems. The next time you feel stress starting to take over, try out these techniques to nip it in the bud.

Go For a Quick Walk
When you’re starting to feel stressed, take a break from whatever you’re doing and head outside for a walk. It may seem counterproductive to take a break when you feel like you’re drowning in a list of things to get done, but taking 10 minutes to refresh and clear your mind can actually help your productivity!

Deep Breathing
Shallow breathing is often a sign of stress. Breathing exercises that encourage deep breathing can help you relax because it calms your body down. In addition, just taking a few deep breaths helps give your body an extra boost of oxygen which can reduce tension. You might feel silly doing it, but breathing exercises is one of the easiest ways to get rid of stress.

Do Something That Makes You Happy
Whether it’s talking to a friend, going to your favorite restaurant or walking the dog, doing something that makes you happy is a great way to de-stress. Not only does doing something you enjoy take your mind off of what’s stressing you out, but it’s a fact that smiling can actually help reduce stress!

Ditch the Screen
Step away from the computer! If you’re looking at a screen from 9:00-5:00, take a few minutes to get away from your desk a few times throughout the day. Or if you’re a college student, try to shut down an hour or so before you go to bed so your mind can unwind and you can get a good night’s sleep.

Listen to Music
We all have that one song that makes us remember good times or a favorite band that lightens your mood. Regardless of what type of music you like, the tie certain music has to your emotions can be calming, soothing, distracting, or can simply make you smile. So when you’re starting to feel stressed, turn on your favorite tunes!

The next time you feel stress starting to come on, try out one of these techniques!