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Sunday newsagency management tip: take a walk

Mark Fletcher
December 15th, 2013 · 7 Comments

It’s tough work running a newsagency, working 70, 80 and more hours a week covering many tasks from business manager to cleaner to customer service to creating retail displays. There is always something to do. Some days it can feel like no matter what you do you have more to do at the end of the day than when you started.

No matter how busy you are in your newsagency I urge you to take time out every day for a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk outside, in the sun, alone. Leave your phone behind – the shop worn’t burn down. Time yourself and try and get at least 3k, preferably 4k, of walking in. ¬†Getting your heart rate up will be good for your physical and mental health.

If walking every day during the day is too much of a challenge, try it early in the morning or once you close at night.

Being away from the business, other people an the phone will give your body and mind time to process. I walk between 8k and 10k every day. It’s the lunchtime walk that’s the best as it refreshes me for the afternoon. I find the business benefits of walking outside in the sun are considerable.

See the Vic. Government website for health benefits of walking for a brisk 30 minute walk each day. See the SA Government website where they talk about walking making us happy.


Category: Management tip · Newsagency management

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 CraigL // Dec 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Good advice. Shall once again try,


  • 2 Jenny // Dec 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    My dogs just read this, they think it’s great advice!
    Lunchtime would be pushing it, it’s always a rush to get to the bank and eat after the staff have had their breaks.
    I always walk on my days off and sometimes before work, I benefit from the exercise, the dogs enjoy the outing and we all enjoy a coffee and pigs ear at the local cafe.
    After work in summer is also a good time, and a much healthier alternative to slumping on the lounge after dinner with a glass of wine.


  • 3 carol // Dec 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Twelve years ago I walked the dogs morning and night but like us the dogs got slower and can barely walk. One died of old age but thank goodness we are both still here. Great advice but at our age we are both moving slower so every things takes longer. I do walk to the bank everyday. I do play golf one day a week but its not often I manage the walk and Ian’s feet and legs are killing him. Best medicine for us is to sell the business.


  • 4 Mark Fletcher // Dec 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    What I’ve found with walking is that the more you do it the easier it gets no matter how old you are.


  • 5 carol // Dec 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Can anyone tell me how to get rid of all these cr..p messages that keep popping up like now I have adds across the bottom to the screen advertising cameras , a box in the corner that is with Heading “message alert” . When I was logging onto here I got message “congratulations you have won” now have some other thing popped up. All seems to have happened since yesterday.


  • 6 Bruce // Dec 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Carol, sorry you have something crap going on. I have no such messages at all.


  • 7 Mark Fletcher // Dec 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Probably a virus on the PC carol.


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