My job involves extremely long hours, and I spend them sitting at a desk and typing on a computer.
- I’ve found that this sedentary lifestyle results in health concerns.
I started gaining weight and experiencing pain. Back problems, soreness in my neck and joints and headaches began to be a regular part of my life. Because of these issues, I had difficulty sleeping at night. Since I wasn’t getting proper rest, I struggled to get up in the morning and had less energy at work. A decrease in my productivity meant longer hours and made the situation worse. Plus, the negative impact on my appearance and being in pain all the time led to depression. I researched my situation and learned that I needed to start exercising and eating better. It wasn’t all that difficult to change my diet. I stopped eating fast food for lunch and packed myself a healthy meal. Instead of grabbing drive-thru for dinner, I stocked my refrigerator and cupboards with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. I have found that I enjoy preparing a better tasting and nutritious meal in the evening. I had trouble setting aside time to exercise. I already get up super early in the mornings and work a very long day. At the end of it, I don’t want to head to the gym or go for a run. I’m exhausted and need to relax. I also still need to find time to do my laundry, grocery shop, pay bills and clean my house. I try to have a bit of a social life. The solution was a fit bike that is designed for low resistance activity while I’m working. The bike features a desk that accommodates my laptop and a cup holder. I can handle my workload while pedaling. It’s not a high intensity aerobic workout, but when I ride the fit bike for anywhere between four to six hours, I burn a ton of calories.