The Transylvania Times -

Work Hard To Play Harder


September 25, 2017

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Cowie during the USA Cyling National Championships this summer at Snowshoe Mountain, W. Va.

Gone are the days of few responsibilities, low stress, and enjoying the outdoors after returning home from school. The reality now is that we have to work before we have time to play. And that playtime comes after picking the kids up from school, finishing that work project, and cramming in travel and errands before the stores close up. Working at a desk or a physically demanding job will put pressure on you. Pressure to feel refreshed after work and feel well enough to exercise outside later in the day.

As a coach with Carmichael Training Systems I work with endurance athletes of all types. From weekend warriors to full time professional athletes, maximizing the time outside of work is one of the keys to success. However, preparing during the workday will help you feel energized and excited later in the day. Remember the better you take care of yourself, the more energy you'll have to spend quality time with your family, your job, and balance the rest of your life. All types of exercising increase blood flow. Exercising just a few minutes during the day will improve mental alertness, temperature control, and increase your focus. The bottom line here is moving. Adults 1should get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week

Give your eyes and back a break from sitting and walk around the office. Take the stairs over the elevator. Park further away if possible and take those extra minutes to prepare a plan for what you need to work on first when you arrive. After sitting at a desk and staying stationary for a major part of the day, instead of falling asleep at the desk you will be more awake and work much more efficiently.

Water is like the oil in your car. Without it the parts would seize and come to a grinding halt. Without water, our bodies are essentially doing the same thing. The USDA recommends at least two liters of water per day for women and three and a half liters for men.

This is very dependent on age, activity level and gender.

Early and often is the rule of thumb here. Place a clear water bottle by your desk or work place, with it in your sight. Also, writing times on the bottle or setting a reminder for every 15 or 30 minutes helps keep things on track.

A big part of getting into a routine is the preparation. Early mornings are great for exercising. It's tough to get up early, get the kids on their way to school and then still have time for yourself before work. Starting the night before and outlining a plan of what you're going to do, where you're going to go and even organizing your workout clothing by the door will make it that much easier. The easier it is to plan and get into a routine the more likely you will stick with it.

Increasing the activity level of your life and your job will pay off in the short and long term. You will have a brighter attitude, be fresher mentally and with more energy you will increase your productivity. The days will feel shorter and you'll work more efficiently. Long term, you'll be healthier and feel more refreshed when you arrive home.

However, the more fit and more time balanced you become, the more challenging the process becomes. Remember the basics and you will enjoy plenty of benefits of being mindful of your body at work.

Cowie is a Brevard College graduate and now works as an athletic coach in Pisgah Forest.


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