Looking great and juggling your life!

Most of us work long hours and hardly have the time to add “working out” to our list of to do’s. Right?   Wrong!   Make simple changes in your life  right now and you can get it all done and look great doing it for years to come.

Fitness and work synergy

Here are some simple tips that can help.  

Watch what you eat!

Your diet is about 75% of your fitness success. Lunch is where many people on the go end up eating restaurant foods like hamburgers, burritos and sandwiches filled with fatty dressings and sauces. Avoid leaving the office and pack a cooler with healthy lunches and snacks -Try to make things like sandwiches( no mayo), chicken breasts, almonds, fruits, vegetables, a whey protein shakes, hard boiled eggs, tuna fish, salad etc etc. 

Keep Moving!

If you work a 9-5 office job, don’t think you are exempt from staying active.  If your fellow employees get to take smoking breaks, then you should sure as hell be able to take walking breaks.  Taking breaks and getting your heart rate up will get you over that mid-day energy slump and keep your mind and body fit.  Here are a few tips for you outside sales reps who live in your cars.

1. Pack a snack cooler so that you don’t stop for fast food or gas station snacks while you are visiting your accounts.

2. Park your car in the back of your account’s parking lot so you are forced to walk more.

3. Take the stairs in any parking garages and office buildings.  Your thighs and waist will thank you later.

4. Drink water and water only.  Powerade, Gatorade, and soft drinks contain huge amounts of sugars and add up throughout the day.  If you are going to ingest calories, you might as well eat a small meal that has protien and nutrients.

Skip the Happy Hour!

Unless your boss has asked you to join him/her at happy hour to discuss business, say no to happy hour.  Most happy hours consist of an overindulgence in alcohol and fatty bar foods such as nachos, chicken wings, french fries, etc.  Skip the happy hour and stop off at the gym on your way home from work instead.  You will feel better, look better, sleep better and have more general stamina.  Plus, you can still surround yourself with a social network of like minded individuals getting fit with you at the gym.  If you are single- wouldn’t you rather meet that special someone sober at the gym than drunk at a bar?  Think about it!

Bring your Kids to the gym with you.

Growing up, my Dad always dragged me along to his Saturday morning personal training sessions.  I never understood why I had to go to the gym with him until later in life when I realized it was the only way for him fit exercise into his hectic schedule.  Instead of staying home with me and using it as an excuse to skip his workouts, he simply took me with him.  Outside of being a wonderful bonding experience, exposing me to the gym early on shaped my life as a fitness fanatic. I believe that exposing children to an exercise atmosphere early on may keep them from being part of the childhood obesity statistic. Live by example and your kids may follow in your footsteps.

Kill your television!

Or just learn how to limit your time in front of it.  I treat TV like a reward for a long successful day.  I try not to turn it on until I have worked out and finished my to do’s. Have you ever sat in front of the TV and seen commercials for fast food, Pizza, and greasy restaurant food?  Did it make you hungry?  Did you find yourself stuffing your face while glued to your television?  See my point?  In my case, I will get home from a long day feeling tired and weak.  In the back of my mind I know that I still need to change and go to the gym but I also just want to sit on the couch and relax.  Ever turned your TV on after a long day at work?   Did you notice that suddenly 6p.m. quickly became 9 p.m. and you just didn’t feel like the gym anymore?  What about the weekends? Whats your excuse then? If you don’t have to work, then why aren’t you out side walking, jogging, hiking, biking, sledding, or skiing.  Maybe its because you are distracted by too much television!

 Make some small lifestyle changes now and you will see a stronger, fitter, happier you!