I’m running out of scheduled posts and thought it was a good time for a health update. One of the most challenging things for any working parent is finding time to work out. If you are lucky enough to have an employer that has a gym I hope your taking advantage of it!
I started at a new job a month ago, and they have an awesome gym in the building. Having the gym in the actual building you work in helps a lot in the motivation to workout, you don’t need to walk outside in cold/rainy/snowy weather. I’ve read that it takes at least 21 days to stick to a new habit, more depending on the type of habit including new activities like working out. I can defantly see where that is true. Being a month in on working out almost every day, I’ve really noticed a difference this past week.
When I went to workout it was always just something I knew I needed to do, but this past week it’s turned more into something I’m actually looking forward to. It does help that I put my workout clothing on in the morning, gives me one less excuse if I’m just not feeling it.
A concern many have (and I had at first), was that it would be weird working out with co-workers and executives. I have to admit this was a pretty big concern, but after thinking about it and after the first time it just doesn’t bother me. In fact, I think it’s a huge positive! The other co-workers and executives see you working hard to improve yourself, they see the dedication you make to get stronger. You also learn a lot from the others working out, and in some cases build new relationships.
I’m going to switch gears and dive into a related topic, Standing Desks. You may be wondering how standing desks are related to a workout room, it’s all health related!
Standing desks have been around for a while, about ten years ago a co-worker had gotten a standing desk. I thought he was crazy! How on earth can someone just stand in front of a computer all day? Treadmill desks I totally understood because your moving, but standing desks where you just stand there? At my last company more and more people started to use them, I couldn’t help but wonder why. Then when I started at my current place one of the benefits they mentioned was that everyone had a standing desk!
Since having my gallbladder out I’ve adapted the motto to try everything I’m given the opportunity to. I’ve felt like I’ve been given a second chance, not that I was close to death but when you have a drastic change in health overnight it really does feel like you were given another chance. After two weeks I finally decided it was time to give the standing desk a chance.
The first time or two it was weird and different, but not bad. After a while I really started to like it a lot. I think working out has helped make it so I feel comfortable standing longer. I also really like listening to music and moving along to the rhythm. I’m at the point where I use the standing desk for 6-7 hours a day, but that does depend on the shoes I wear. The one thing using a standing desk has made me re-think a little is my shoe choice. I LOVE heals, and I do have a few pair that are pretty comfortable. I’ll defantly be on the hunt for heals with the best support.
Working out and using a Standing Desk has helped a lot with my overall health. My lower body in general has gotten pretty fit, I have a lot of energy after work, and it’s nice to be productive while taking care of your health.
If your company has a gym or standing desk, I really hope your taking advantage of it!