It’s no secret that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand but finding the motivation to exercise on a daily basis can sometimes be a struggle, especially when you’re hustling or working long days. You might not feel like doing it, but exercise one of the easiest ways to balance a busy workload and nurture your body when it needs it the most.

It takes 21 days to break a habit, and the same applies for making one; if you can motivate yourself for just three weeks to exercise consistently, even three days a week, you’ll be hooked on the habit.

Here are three simple ways to make exercise a habit and love it in the process.

  1. Find an activity that you actually enjoy.

If you’re not an exercise junkie just yet or you shrivel up at the thought of lycra, it might just be because you’re yet to find your favourite work-out mode. Some of us are also built for speed, and some of us aren’t, so it’s important to find something that works for your body type too.  If you’re not a fan of sweating, you can try swimming. If you’re not a fan of pumping iron, try yoga. If you’re not a fan of self-discipline, try a group activity like basketball, netball or rowing. When you love what you’re doing while you’re doing it, you’ll be more inclined to stick to it, and a healthy exercise routine will come naturally.

  1. Start small, build big.

There’s no point planning to exercise seven days a week for two hours a day if you haven’t lifted weights since gym class in school. Making exercise a habit (and one that you actually enjoy), is about starting small and building big, and going easy on yourself in the process. Walking for just thirty minutes a day is a great place to start and stepping it up to 60 minutes of various activities five days a week is a long-term goal to look to.

  1. Develop an exercise routine that is actually attainable.

If you’re working long hours and big days, the best way to build healthy exercise habits is to establish a routine that’s actually attainable for you. If you know Tuesday’s are 12-hour days, don’t try and squeeze a 60-minute Yoga session in on Tuesday nights, because you’ll probably end up cancelling as you’re dragging your feet out of the office. If you know you have 6pm meetings on Thursdays, don’t schedule a 6.30pm spin class and then guilt yourself for having to cancel every second week when your meetings run late. When you’re starting out with exercise and trying to establish an attainable workout routine, ease into it, make it work for your work schedule, and gradually introduce more workout sessions around your workload. Eventually, you’ll want to wake up at 5am every day because you’ll be motivated by the results and the good vibes that come with being active, but that takes time. Be gentle on yourself and realistic with your goals when you’re setting them.

Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a hassle either, and it’s why we have a purpose-built yoga studio and OrangeTheory Fitness Studio at CreativeCubes.Co – Hawthorn. You have no excuses when you can walk downstairs for a lunch-time treadmill session, or pop next door for a mid-afternoon Zen-out!

Tobi Skovron

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Siddharth Vadasseri
01:56 19 Jul 18
I've had the pleasure of working at Creative Cubes since it opened, and what I've loved most is that it isn't just desk space. Working here feels like being part of something. Every day you're surrounded by people pursuing their own endeavours, but doing it side by side in a community. The space itself is so well thought out and aesthetically pleasing, but beyond the beauty on the surface there is a depth here. The members are fantastic, the founders are involved and accessible, and the 'Happiness Team' provides a quality of customer service like no other co-working space I've been to. AND, it's pet friendly!
Judy Anderson
00:34 17 Jul 18
The 'Happiness Team' is what makes this co-working space stand out for me. I've worked out of several co-working spaces across Australia, Singapore & San Francisco. The customer experience at Creative Cubes is the best I've come across. For example, a happiness team member will physically walk to my desk to let me know when a guest has arrived, because they know I'm not always going to see the email notification. Sometimes they even buy me time if I'm running late! Brilliant.
Kristen Holden
02:32 17 Jul 18
The team at cubes are amazing and the space is modern and funky. They have a great mix of different businesses working in the space so the vibe is top notch as well. Would definitely recommend going down and taking a look for your office space or next event!
Lets Mingle
02:38 29 Jun 18
This is one of the best co-working spaces in Melbourne! Loved my time here. Great vibe, great people and great location. The happiness team go above and beyond to ensure the experience of rocking up to work is an enjoyable one! 5/5 from me!
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00:26 17 Jul 18
Love this co working space.It offers both independent offices and or communal co-working space which is designed to collaborate with other members. It is decorated perfectly and the internet is fast! The Happiness Team also go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and will meet all your required needs.
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