ARE YOU SITTING TOO MUCH?!?
For most of my working life thus far, I have managed to work in fields and positions of employment that allowed me to constantly be active. That was until about 3 years ago when I started working from home- then that all changed :/ Since I started back to school, working a full-time schedule as an adult has posed its challenges for sure- one of the main ones being that many companies are not always easy to work with when it comes to coordinating with your school schedule!
Not all of my courses are available online and I that means I must trek to on-campus classes at times :0 I didn't let this get me down though and found a unique way around this issue by starting to work from home. There are many benefits to remote or virtual positions as they often are called, however there's a downside that I started to see over time as well... I didn't even realize this was happening, but I went from being a very active individual- to NOT being that much active at all!
As I was "tethered" to my dual monitored-computer for 8 or more hours a day, in addition to utilizing the same system to complete more hours of work online for my blog ;) Although I had been dreading the answer, I finally tallied together the total amount of hours that I spent each day sitting down at the computer and I was shocked at what I found: on average I was sitting down about 9-11+ hours a day!
This revelation did allow me to see the big picture and brought about the motivation needed for me to make a real change! Starting with my diet and exercise, I've been able to greatly improve my daily energy and the way that I feel when I'm not at work too :) Today it's still a work in progress, but I'm really glad that I decided to improve my overall health by making these lifestyle improvements. If you find yourself in a similar situation or just don't have much energy to get yourself throughout the day, then check out my tips below:
5 SIMPLE TIPS TO COMBAT
"COUCH POTATO" SYNDROME:
Start with your diet!!! Definitely consult a professional such as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist before making these changes. I increased my lean protein and added in a couple of healthier snacks like a small serving of nuts or a couple of granola bars :)
Adding a daily vitamin for can make all the difference; B-12, B-6, niacin, & folic acid for example, can provide an excellent boost of natural energy!
Try a 15-25 minute session of yoga or light exercise before and/or after work at least a 2-3 times weekly. I like taking out my nearby yoga mat and putting in a quick session for about 15 minutes before I go into my shift and I do admit that my stress seems to be MUCH less throughout the day as a result :0
Skip the coffee, sodas, and sweetened tea as they all contain caffeine, sodium, and sugar that will cause you to "crash" later in the day= you will feel tired and have no energy :/ These ingredients will also cause dehydration which doesn't exactly leave you feeling motivated either.
It's okay to get a little creative ;) I started to realize this while I was at work...even though I may be "tethered" to my desk area, there were moments I could seize and utilize to do a couple of small exercises while still at my desk or try taking a quick walk to the mailbox on my lunch!