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Telecommuting: You deserve a break today

Most days, I need a little pick-me-up.

It’s better than a nap.

It’s better than coffee.

It’s exercise.

telecommuter exerciseSome days I run; others, I hit the bicycle. Consistently, I try to lift weights to challenge my muscles.

A recent study from Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom shows I’m also boosting my productivity.

The study’s authors, according to, looked at the influence of exercise during business hours among workers who had access to a company gym.

The more than 200 employees at various companies filed daily self-reports on their exercise levels and performance levels. The researchers also compared productivity levels on days the employees exercised and days they didn’t.

“The study’s authors found that on days when participants hit the gym, they reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having more cheerful interactions with colleagues,” reported.

Productivity and telecommuters

Telecommuters fight against the myth of laziness and low productivity. Research shows remote workers are often more productive than their in-office colleagues.

They get to work without a stressful commute. They don’t battle the in-office distractions of chatter and cubicle visits. They work harder to combat this myth. And they often forget to watch the clock and punch out at 5 p.m.

Maybe that makes us workaholics.

It means we have to take care of ourselves, too. But we don’t have the luxury of a company gym or a great fitness facility just down the block … especially if we’re living in suburbia.

We have to be creative, and that isn’t easy for a runner who battles Canadian winters.

Not everyone wants to invest in big, expensive equipment like treadmills either.

So how do you get moving? Here’s how I jolt my body and recharge my brain:

Bodyweight workouts
✓ Invest in an inexpensive indoor rack for your road bike

indoor bike rack✓ Yoga
✓ Build a collection of dumbbells, kettlebells and medicine balls
✓ Play some music and dance with the dog (I close the blinds so the neighbours won’t think I’m totally nuts)
✓ Walk the dog (she’ll appreciate it more than your living-room boogie)

dog walkingEven a 10-minute dance and stretch break can be enough to get my writing fingers tip-tap-tapping across the keyboard again.

It beats waiting for equipment at the gym, freezing my buns off on a winter run or just sitting around the house waiting for the to-do list to to-do itself.

What breaks up your day?

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