You were built to stand upright, yet most of the time, if you’re like me, you probably find yourself sitting at a desk. This puts more pressure on your heart and cardiovascular system as well as your bowel – is there any wonder that at the end of a long week of work you feel like (pardon the pun) crap? So, what can you do about it? Making a point of being as physically active as possible will be good for your mind and body – your mood, energy, endurance levels and bone strength will all benefit. You’ll also reduce your risk of chronic health problems, like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. And, from a work perspective, your brain will function more efficiently too. That doesn’t mean you have to jump out of bed early every day and head to the gym. In fact, whether you are working from home or the office there are some simple steps you can take to introduce more activity into your day-to-day life: 1. Walk – head out for a walk before, during and after work, jump off the bus/ train or ferry ahead of your stop and walk… you’ll get to enjoy the local scenery as you go, 2. Stand whenever you can – on the bus on the train, in meetings, while you’re working – even while you’re watching TV – standing will promote your circulation, get your muscles twitching and tighten your connective tissues. 3. Take the stairs – whether you’re at a shopping centre, in a high rise commercial or domestic building or walking the streets, if there are stairs available, take them. 4. Sit on the floor – abandon the comfy couch in favour of the floor to keep you moving, stretching, changing position and generally supporting your own body weight 5. Push ups and press ups – dedicate 10 minutes a day, or a few times a day, to push-ups and press-ups that will build your upper body and core strength. 6. Squat – a ten minute deep squat is a great isometric exercise that will do wonders for your strength, ankle and hip mobility. Build yourself up, minute by minute. 7. Clean the house – make it an active clean, lug buckets of walm water, mop with vigour, reach high to dust – push your body out of its comfort zone and build up a sweat. No time to exercise? If it’s paperwork that’s holding you back from finding time to get fit and healthy, then consider talking to the Ayers Group. Our experts are here to help you manage your contracting obligations and help grow your wealth with systems and services to streamline your admin and ensure compliance. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can free you from boring tasks so you can focus on your health and well-being.