The first step of Inner Leadership is to deepen our connection with ourselves. This brings focus, calm, and generates clarity about our priorities.
One way to achieve this is through regular exercise: this not only keeps us healthy but also helps us process the stresses we can feel in a churning world. But when we all live such busy lives, how can we find the time?
John Ratey, psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, says that useful exercise needn’t take long:
“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your mood, memory and learning. Even ten minutes of activity changes your brain.”
If you don’t have ten minutes, The New York Times has published a series of exercises that take just seven minutes to complete. These are shown in the Scientific Seven Minute Workout, below. The only ‘equipment’ you’ll need are a wall and a chair.
Exercise will get your blood pumping and help you process the stresses of the day. Exercise keeps us healthy and happy.
Jack Dorsey starts his days by performing the seven minute set three times.
Even if you think you’re “too busy” for exercise, The New York Times has just the workout for you.
Would you benefit from taking more exercise? Could you fit seven minutes of exercise into your day? Why not start now?
Diagrams for the Scientific SEVEN-Minute Workout :
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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