Keeping Healthy on Your Own

Who would have thought your basic living habits would change this  dramatically so quickly?   You used to walk everywhere on campus, and take advantage of the track or shoot hoops on weekends.  Now, you find yourself sitting behind a desk for the majority of the week and are really beginning to miss your ready access to fitness facilities. 

The new job doesn’t pay enough quite yet for you to buy a gym membership.  Besides, you’re just getting settled into your new digs.  You could easily use the cash just for  furniture .  Still, you don’t want to get out of shape right off the bat, so what do you do?

Take charge of your health.  This is the best time in your life to form healthy eating and fitness habits. Start with food.   It’s ok if you’re not a great cook right now, but there is absolutely no excuse for your not being at least a good one, this time next year. It isn’t rocket science.  Just  sign onto the Internet and do some basic research on nutrition.  Find out what you need in terms of nutrition for your particular age and body type, or check with your doctor.  Then,  take it upon yourself to learn to cook four healthy dishes over the next six months. Again, turn to the Internet, where you will find a plethora of cooking sites and nutrition tips.  After you have mastered four simple, but nutritious dishes, add another four in the following six months.  By the end of the year, you will know how to cook one health meal every day of the week with an alternative left so you can switch things around when you feel like it.

Fitness doesn’t have to be such an obstacle to face either. Mind you, our bodies weren’t made out to sit at a desk all day.  They were designed to move, and moving is the only way you will stay healthy and fit.  There are certain things you can do right at your desk to help.

When you find yourself alone, roll your fists into a ball and pump those arms up over  your head. Do this  every chance you can find in from 30 seconds to 1-minute intervals.  While you’re at it, try tapping those toes on the ground rapidly for the same period of time.  Lift your knees as high as you can, given office attire and décor.  Each time you go into the restroom,  shadow box, whether in a toilet stall or, if you’re alone, in front of the mirror.  Swing hard.  Use your whole body to throw punches.  Thirty seconds here and thirty seconds there will add up faster than you realize. 

Always opt for stairs instead of elevators.  Ride your bike or walk to work if you can, and if that isn’t practical, make a point of walking whenever it is possible.

The bottom line is to develop healthy habits now. Common sense. Keep moving. It works!