This week has been pretty cool, I just started a full-time job (hence the lower rate of blogging) It has made me realize a few things and I have come across a few pretty cool articles across the web which I will go over (so please check some of the links they are not affiliates just stuff I read this week and found interesting)….
Working makes Working out Hard
Having a full time job makes fitting in exercise pretty hard especially when your used to doing it first thing in the morning and you have to be at work for 8AM. Hence this week I was forced to improvise with my workouts.
The first thing I attempted to do was keep up walking as much as I could trying to fit in at least 30 minutes throughout the day. This definitely kept me feeling energetic and lively, I achieved the walking through simple things:
- Getting off the bus on the earlier stop.
- Taking a short walk at Lunch (After eating to aid digestion)
- Taking the stairs
Its the little things that count and they really add up throughout the day, plus they help keep you feeling good.
On days I knew I couldn’t workout I also squeezed in 100 pushups before leaving the house, usually upon waking within 20-30 minutes. I just threw these in while waiting for the kettle to boil or brushing my teeth. Fit it in, it helps loads and allows you to awaken your body and give it a good hormonal signal.
Two of the evenings I managed to get in a workout, this was perfect as I arrived home late evening and hadn’t eaten since lunch so I felt fresh and light (ready to roll with the workout) one evening I did some Kettlebell stuff (swings and cleans) plus a short run. Yesterday evening I went to the local park and did 5 sets of sprints coupled with a short playful run (throwing in side steps and jumps) The workouts were short and intense….. These workouts both took me under 35 minutes from start to finish, some people spend that long traveling to and from a gym!!
Working reminded me the importance of eating a light breakfast; Its no coincidence the mornings I felt best came after having a piece of fruit and a black coffee for breakfast. Some days I would grab a pear or another apple around 11AM with a green tea. The mornings I did this my energy was sky high and my mental mindset was positive, most importantly I felt good.
The days I had a more substantial breakfast I felt heavy, more tired and less outgoing. This re-affirms my position on having a light breakfast unless you have been working out fasted….. Obviously I experienced some hunger pangs but they passed very quickly and I was left feeling great. Something to note is its far far easier to stay light in the morning when your busy at work as oppose to sitting around at home.
Lunches were always High Protein and relatively low carb; Things like Bacon, Egg and Avocado Salads or Salad Nicoise, some days a Chicken Tortilla wrap. Occasionally with another piece of fruit and a green tea. These lunches kept me going no problem until dinner and kept me feeling sharp and light throughout the afternoon (essential when starting a job). Just try and minimize grains at lunch they will have you feeling sapped of energy!
The biggest thing in a new job is the social aspect of eating; In a nutshell don’t be embarrassed to eat healthy good food in the presence of your co-workers, regardless what they eat just don’t judge them for their diets and expect the same in return.
Make sure you soak up the sunlight/daylight when working, one thing that made me feel noticeably dozy/spaced out was working in a small underground classroom surrounded by projectors and noisy machinery without a trace of sunlight. A cool article about Vitamin D which you get from sunlight or cod liver oil cropped up this week check it out…..
Also If you ever have trouble waking up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep (as I do) check out this article could solve your problem…..
Green Tea really is a potent metabolism booster in my opinion, every time I drink a cup of quality green tea I notice I will get noticeably hotter; I am sure the stuff does a world of good for other things too; I have heard its a potent anti-estrogenic which is pretty cool.
Any comments from people who have experience with fitting in there training/fitness with work please comment I would love to hear some experiences!