Sedentary Jobs Require Active Lifestyles
Okay, writers, and anyone who works a sedentary job, I’m speaking directly to you on this topic: How to stay fit while writing.
It’s no lie if we work sedentary jobs the pounds can pack on fast, so you guys are all lucky today because I happen to have a degree in Exercise Science and I can put it to good use for more than just being a personal trainer/group fitness instructor.
These days, I’ve cut back some on the training and fitness to focus more on my writing; therefore it’s that much more important for me (and you) to find ways to keep the bodyweight manageable all year round.
1. Like your writing times, prioritize exercise times: Like writing, prioritize your exercise times and stick to them. Sure, it may be another chore, but to be honest, it’s going to do wonders for your well-being (and for us sitting to write, read, and research), hips, low-back, and core. So, pick a time and stick to it, preferably for an hour a day.
2. I’m not a fan of bouts: I honestly can’t stand it when health professionals use those thirty-minute, three-day-a-week minimum baselines. It’s annoying, and if you want to succeed in staying fit it’s not realistic. So, don’t even try it. Even more annoying? The ten-minute bouts every few hours of walking. Look, unless you’re very overweight or just starting, you shouldn’t be doing this. It’s going to be counter-productive.
3. Lift weights: Yes, you need to lift weights to maximize results. No, you won’t look like a bodybuilder. I lift seven days per week and have yet to grow into a mass boulder. I’m twenty-seven and in my fitness prime. Guess what? I could lift day after day and still never achieve what a pro bodybuilder looks like. And neither will you unless you have a 1 in 100,000 genetics plus eat every two hours a day and be a slave to your food. What’s great is you don’t have to lift like I do. You can do three lifting days and four cardio days, or whatever.
4. Don’t eat junk: These days, this one should be quite easy. Don’t eat junk, because we live in an age where healthy food can taste as good as (if not better than) junk. And you’ll have more energy, both physically and mentally. What kind of nutrient-dense foods do you like? Make a list and only buy them. And don’t go to the store on an empty stomach.
5. Don’t Overwork Yourself: Yep, I’ve been there, done that. Don’t overwork yourself and go to your sub-max capacity. This means don’t go crazy with cardio or with the weights to the point to where you’re so sore the next day you can’t get up. Do what your body can handle.
6. Do things you like: Not a fan of treadmills? Don’t do the treadmill? Don’t like to train legs? Do one or two leg exercises a week and call it quits on the body part. Personally, and this is going to sound strange to most guys, I hate training chest; I haven’t bench pressed since 2014. I only train muscle groups I enjoy (back, legs, shoulders) most of the time and train those I’m not a fan of (chest, arms, core) when necessary. As for cardio, I hate cardio machines, but I love running in the summer. In winter, I’ll do high intensity interval circuits with kettlebells, bodyweight movements, battle ropes, etc.
7. Like sports? Workout when your favorite teams are playing: During my Browns games, I love to do this, because I’m still getting my entertainment without being completely useless. So, if you have a favorite sport you like to watch or a favorite TV show, the perfect time to workout is when it’s on. Except if your gym’s TV plays endless marathons of Impractical Jokers, then it’s hard to concentrate.