Metabolism myths have led us to believe that we are in no control over our body and it is ‘not one’s fault’ to be fat, but in reality, it is our lack of discipline and poor eating habits that are to condemn. So, if you are in the same boat as the millions of adults who’ve committed themselves to an 8-hour desk job, then you should consider putting that pizza down and read through this short guide.
The drastic increase in obese adults has been very alarming. Statistics have shown that 35.7 percent of men and women are already considered overweight, that’s more than one third of the adult population. This weight issue isn’t a new problem either; it actually started in late 1980’s and people are now losing the battle against this waistline-expanding epidemic. With jobs in the real estate industry that require employees to wine and dine with clients or sit down in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, 7 days a week (sometimes even more), gaining weight is almost inevitable but not impossible to control, too. However, those who wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the midst of deadlines and paperwork should brace themselves for an all-out fight.
Now, aside from hard work, commitment, and dedication, we should remember to implement these techniques:
1. Make time for a workout routine
Obviously, fats aren’t going to burn and disappear by themselves; therefore one is obliged to religiously commit to a workout plan in order to achieve his goal. Most people tend to perceive their career as detrimental to their progress when they really shouldn’t. It’s time to stop making excuses and start moving. There’s no need to neither go to the gym nor spend a ridiculous amount of money on fitness classes as people can use their own space at home or the provisionary gym in their condominium. Not to mention that there are also numerous workout routines intended for those who don’t have much time to spare. Take this routine as an example:
15 minutes cardio
· 30 reps jumping jacks (2x)
· 30 reps knee raises (2x)
· Jump ropes for the remaining time
· 15 minutes jog
20 minutes body weight training
· 25 reps crunches (3x)
· 30 reps leg raise (3x)
· 30 reps glute kickbacks (3x)
· Planking & side planking (1 minute each)
20 minutes weight training
· 25 reps dumbbell squats (2x)
· 30 reps overhead press (3x)
· 30 reps bicep curl (3x)
· 30 reps bench press (3x)
This routine will only take about an hour and is ideal in the morning before breakfast and upon arriving home from work. Now, this is only a sample regimen, readers can customize and modify it depending on their needs and goals.
2. Correct your posture and keep moving while you are in the office
Posture creates a huge impact on one’s overall fitness. When a person slouches, people will get the impression that he is heavier than he actually is. When standing or sitting upright, on the other note, will make him look more fit and in shape. Also, don’t be a computer chair potato. Walk around, take the stairs, and get moving. Optimize the effect of this technique by engaging certain muscle groups without anyone noticing. Think of engaging abdomens while writing an email or exerting pressure on the thighs while striding the halls in killer stilettos, they’ll find themselves filled with a new kind of confidence.
3. Opt for healthier alternatives
Eating is practically obligatory in the workplace, especially in very demanding careers such as real estate where wine and dine appointments with clients are mandatory, celebrations are a regular occurrence, and stress eating is a necessity. But the good news is, one doesn’t have to entirely give up this way of life (not everything, that is) to maintain his/her health, they just have to choose wisely. Ditch the soda for water, opt for fruits for dessert, and sip on green tea instead of coffee when feeling sluggish. Once a person learns to love these healthy alternatives, he’ll be turning his back on junk in no time.
4. Make it a lifestyle instead of a temporary solution
Most people interpret the phrase ‘diet and exercise’ as a short-term solution. It’s something they would temporarily commit to when there is a wedding they need to attend to or an outing that will require them to show up in bikinis. When in truth, it should really be the beginning of a lifelong journey and a life-changing transformation. After all, who would want to be fit for a weekend and turn back to eating junk after the show? I know I don’t.
Commitment, discipline, and the eagerness to sweat like a pig; once you acquire these ingredients, you’ll be embracing the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. So, bring out those sweatpants and be on your way to becoming a better version of yourself.