5 tips to balance work and sport

We often talk about balancing work and family, but what about sport? Reserving quality time for loved ones is essential, but taking time for yourself, to take care of your body and keep it active and healthy, is just as crucial. Regular sports activities promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle, but this is not always easy for those whose work schedules are overloaded. So, here are 5 tips to help you balance work and sport this year!

Get up early

Of course, some mornings, you may be tempted to press the snooze button repeatedly, but the quality of your sleep will suffer and nothing is more unpleasant in the long run than always getting up at the last minute. Who wants to rush first thing in the morning? Set the alarm clock at least an hour earlier and go running, swimming or skating for 30 minutes or more before breakfast to fill up on endorphins! You will have more energy than if you had chosen to sleep… and you could also get into the habit of going to bed earlier or taking a nap in the afternoon.

Use your legs to go places

Cycling, scootering, skateboarding and rollerblading are all effective and fun ways to get around. You work too far from home for that to be an option? No problem, get off the bus or park your car a few blocks before your destination and jog the rest of the way! Especially if you are one of those lucky people who have access to a shower at work. If not, think about walking as much as you can. For example, if you need to meet a client for lunch, you could suggest him or her a restaurant where you can walk to.

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Forget the elevator

It’s a well-known strategy, going up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator at work can quickly turn into a high-calibre sports experience!

Join a group of athletes

A quick search on social networks or in community centres is enough to find a group with whom you can practise a sport on a weekly basis. Join these new active living partners after work for a tennis or soccer game, or a dance session, and count on the contagious energy and strength of numbers to keep you motivated from one week to the next!

Integrate yoga into your bedtime ritual

At light to moderate intensity, yoga is an excellent exercise to do before going to bed to improve your musculature and flexibility while preparing yourself mentally to let go gently. Combined with meditation, it will make you feel stronger and calmer than if you do an apparently passive activity like watching TV.

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