On The Go
Have you ever asked yourself: “I’m on the go all the time. It seems I never stop to even rest. How can I be overweight”? Most of us are on the go a lot, but having a hectic life and leading an active lifestyle are different worlds.
There never seems to be enough time in the day. You get up in the morning, reluctantly, even though you stayed in bed till the last possible moment. You make breakfast, clean up, get dressed, and head out the door to work. On the way, you pull in the drive through and drop off your laundry at the cleaners. You stop at the drive up ATM, so you can get lunch money. Then one last quick stop at the Minute Mart for another coffee and a pastry for a morning snack. You hunt for a parking place close to the door and finally sit down at your work station. After your morning snack all you can concentrate on is lunch time, but you do your work, and finally lunch time arrives. You eat a little more than you really should have, so you are not really in the mood for the afternoons work either. A couple of soft drinks get you through it. Time to leave, so you get back in the car, drive over to the cleaners, pick up your laundry at the window, and drive home.
As soon as you get home, you rush around preparing supper. Finally, you sit down on the couch to relax. Your evening consists of sitting on the couch, having a couple of soft drinks, or if it’s been one of those days at work, something harder. Maybe a good snack to make you feel better and then fall into bed so exhausted that it takes forever to fall asleep. You are worn out, but all you really did all day was make short trips from one place to sit down to another place to sit down. You had a lot of stress during the day which drained your energy, even though you were doing nothing physical. And you wonder why you always feel so tired. Does any of this sound like you?
I’m going to present a different day’s routine for your evaluation. You get up an hour earlier than normal. Go to the bathroom, rinse your mouth out good and drink a couple of hands full of water. Doing this will accomplish two important things. First it will get rid of morning mouth taste, and second, you will get a start on that all important hydration. Your organs need that initial intake of water to get moving smoothly, because you were probably dangerously dehydrated to begin with the day before, and the nights sleep took even more of your precious water reserves. Now start the coffee, tea, or whatever you like in the morning. A soft drink for the caffeine is not a good option. Start getting in the habit of avoiding chemical mixes like that and stick to natural substances like real juice, coffee or tea. You have some time to wake up now before breakfast with some reading or maybe watching the news. Then once you are awake, you can think about something to eat.
You are more relaxed now for your drive to work. You make your stops at the cleaners and the bank, but not the Minute Mart, since you brought a coffee with you from home along with a couple of bottles of water. Park at the far end of the parking lot instead of looking for the closest place to the door. By parking further away you get a chance to walk a bit and get your blood pumping. Once you get to your work station, think about what causes you stress while you are at work. You can probably think of ways to reduce that stress, if you put some effort into it. At least once an hour you need to get up and walk a few minutes. Go to the water fountain instead of the soft drink machine. You also have the water you brought from home as well. That few minutes of walking every hour is important. It keeps you more alert and allows your body to move. At lunch, make healthier choices and don’t eat till you are over full. You need your energy to work not to just digest food all afternoon. The more of your blood supply that is going to digest your huge lunch, the less you have to power your thoughts. Take a short walk after lunch, if you can. During the afternoon, continue to take a short walk every hour and drink another bottle or two of water.
When you leave work, you have the walk to your car to get your muscles moving before the drive home. When you get home, I’m going to bet that you are feeling better than you usually do at this time. You drank a lot more water than you normally drink. You haven’t ingested all the sugar and chemicals from those soft drinks either. You’re also not still lethargic from over eating at lunch. When you get home, change into comfortable clothes and take a walk. A 45 minute walk will relax you. If you can take that walk with your spouse or child, then you can catch up on each other’s day when you can pay attention, instead of trying to listen to them over the television. Dinner should be a transition time for you in the evening. It should be nutritious, eaten slowly and relaxing. That’s much better at reducing the days stress than hurrying to finish, so you can get on the couch and watch TV. Again, avoid the soft drinks in the evening. You don’t need that chemical mix in your system before you go to bed. Stick to natural drinks like cold water, juice or tea. Think about doing something else in the evening instead of just watching television. Reading, doing a craft or a hobby is a better way to spend the evening, and it will give you a feeling of having done something, besides just existing, during the part of the day that you can call your “own” time.
Once you have made some changes like these, it’s easier to start making other changes that maybe you have thought about, like starting a regular exercise program, getting some more education, or just finding more “ME” time in your life.
Thanks for reading.