Which leads us to. . .exercise. Yes, the "e" word. Recently both the Surgeon General and Health and Human Services Director recommended that adults should engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
The good news: Researchers have discovered that those 30 minutes of exercise can be broken up into 10-minute intervals. So even if you're short on time, you don't have to short-change yourself when it comes to getting fit. For example, suppose you need to mail a letter. Check your watch. Now walk briskly to the nearest mailbox and, if you need more exercise to accumulate those 10 minutes, walk all the way around the block to return.
Enjoy watching the evening news? Go ahead-but jump rope during every commercial break. Or invest in a stationary bike and exercise your heart and mind at the same time.
Annaliese Furnas succeeds in meeting her goal of taking daily exercise breaks by planning them into her day. Her tip: "I usually set a kitchen timer and place it in the room right outside my home office so I have to get up to turn it off. That's a trigger for me to go for a walk or pop an exercise tape in the VCR."
Another homebased entrepreneur, Becky Bace, runs her own network security consulting company, Infidel Inc., from the Scotts Valley, California, home she shares with her business partner, Terri Gilbert. Her tip for incorporating exercise into a busy day? Get a dog or live in an area where you have easy access to attractive walking areas-Bace takes walks in a nearby redwood forest or drives to Santa Cruz's seaside walking paths.
"Our dog [a 13-year old Border Collie] is insistent about taking periodic walks. Of course, the fact that we live in [an area with] stunning surroundings and good weather helps a lot, too," says Bace, 45, who moved to California two years ago and uses her family home in Baltimore as an East Coast base. "It was much harder to get myself to exercise in Baltimore, where the weather was often too hot or cold for comfort. There are days when I skip exercising-for instance, when I have client meetings or conference appearances-and I invariably feel worse."