A not so subtle Oasis reference there! And just in case you’re not following, a stroll is a walk.
The one thing I recommend to almost all my online coaching clients, especially the working from home warriors, is the morning stroll. In my opinion there is literally no better way to start the day.
For many, working from home means rolling out of bed, commuting to the sofa and balancing a laptop in a precarious position for the next 8 hours. The only movement occurs during the fridge raiding/coffee making expeditions to the kitchen or when the call of nature needs to be answered.
One of the first things I look at with a new client is how much they move during a normal day. More often than not, it’s not a lot! With working from home becoming the new normal, some people’s only exercise, walking to the station, office etc. has all but gone. One of the biggest bang for buck things you can do to improve your physical AND mental health is the morning walk.
Some of the benefits of walking include:
Why walk in the morning? Because it gets it done before anything else can get in the way. The following is something I hear A LOT.
“I always mean to go for a walk but I get dragged into Zoom meetings or there’s an urgent email that needs replying to and before I know it the day has gone and I can’t be arsed to go out!”
Sound familiar? You have to be really strict if you go for the after work stroll. Finish time, close the laptop and go, but it’s so easy to get sucked into carrying on working.
Get it done first thing, then if the day goes a bit pear shaped, it’s done. That’s the problem with leaving it until the end of the day. There will always be that email, that call or you just can’t be bothered.
Let me give you some tough-ish love …
You used to get up at 7 to go to the office, you now get up at 8.30/45 ready to logon for 9-ish.
How about getting up at 7.30, go straight out for a walk, back by 8.15/30, time for a shower and breakfast.
Ready to start work for 9am?!
I guarantee you'll feel better, have more energy and be ready for whatever the day can throw at you.
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