I transitioned from a partially working at home, more flexible hours job to a one, place all day job last year. What I did was block out my work and commute hours and then basically put everything else on the side as optional. I started picking from the list of all the things that I used to do as I had time and built up my new routine. So my runs stayed blocked in, but switched to night from morning because I don't have time (slash don't want to get up early enough to) get in a run, get showered and make it to work on time. Before I could go before work, after work, or during a longer break in the middle of the day if my schedule happened to allow it. Now I have three nights a week where I can head out. During this time I relied more on convenience foods, but I had my list of what what near and quick and stuck to that. It put less pressure on me to have all my cooking and shopping sorted out right away, even though that was about the second thing I locked in with my new schedule. I knew it wasn't going to be perfect right away, but I had a good fallback that I was comfortable with. I think really easing up my expectations help me prioritize, which in turn made scheduling easier because I was only trying to work one thing in at a time instead of jamming in everything I used to. I don't craft as much as I used to, but I clean more. I also have more social time available because I have more set times for certain things instead of half doing them whenever like I did with a more fluid schedule.
Arch, thankfully I am in the habit of exercising and have worked call centers before, so I know the drill. I am probably one of the thinnest and fittest people on my team and I am about 30 pounds from my goal, and I plan to hit my goal.
My office has sit to stand workstations so I can raise my desk and stand as needed. Unfortunately, I cannot walk for 5 minutes every hour; my stats would be toast as I would be out of adherence for my schedule. I am only allowed to take my scheduled breaks.
My office does offer fitness classes but the ones I would like to attend start before I get off work. So, I generally think my morning workouts at home are good. So far, it's working.
Hawk, thank you for sharing.
Edited by: MLAN613 at: 3/31/2018 (06:34)
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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3/30/18 12:05 P
I don't envy you working a call center. I did that for a few years. Make sure you have a good hobby that you can enjoy when you get home. You're going to need a way to vent your stress. Because a day on the phones can make a person nuts really fast. I found the only way I could get through the day was to make sure I was going to the gym for a good workout.
Yeah, hitting the gym during rush hour 4-630pm is a drag. How far is the gym from work ? You may want to consider getting in for a morning workout. There will be less competition for the equipment. When I was working a different job, I'd hit the gym as early as they'd open.
And I still get in an early workout. My dilemma (like other members) is that if I work a full day, I may be too tired to go to the gym. I may prefer to stay home and relax. If I do my workout first thing in the morning, it's done and dusted. If I wait til the evening, I might make an excuse to not exercise.
Since I have always enjoyed being active, I have found ways to make my exercise routine fit my work routine.
Also, does the place you work offer fitness classes ? Where I work, the company brings in instructors. They offer a lunch time and after work boot camp class. You pay a small fee and can attend as many classes as you'd like during the week.
Some companies are very health conscious, mine is. They offer health incentives for the employees. Does your company off any incentives ? If so, see what they offer. How far is your gym ? Is your gym close to work ? Some people will hit the gym at lunch to get in a quick 30 minute workout. That's something you could consider too. You might try a 30 minute workout at lunch and a 30 minute workout in the evening as a way to get in your activity.
And if you are working a call center, it means you're stuck sitting at a desk for a very long time. that is really hard on a person's joints. If possible, you must get up and walk around for 5 minutes or so each hour. If you don't, you're going to end up with joint issues. It happened to me and many other people I know who are stuck at a desk all day. Make an effort to get up and move around. It's not about burning calories. it's about keeping your joints from seizing up.
anyway, my point, there are ways to make exercise fit. it's just a matter of find the right routine that works with your schedule. You may have to experiment. But in today's work environment, the job is what is most important. It means we need to make our exercise routine fit our work routine, not the other way around.
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4,666 3/30/18 10:44 A
I've changed when (and where) I exercise a lot of times over the years. When kids were little, it was getting up 30 mins early to do it by DVD. As they aged, I could add luxury items like a genuine pilates reformer class. As I got over 50, I could no longer find a team of women to shoot hoops with, so I took up cycling.
---- There is no such thing as the final success in life. What is really meaningful is the courage to face the next minute, the next hour, the next day.
I am curious to find out how others have handled their healthy lifestyle when their schedule changes for whatever reason (job change, family change, moves, etc).
I ask because I recently started a new position. I have been with my current company for several years and find myself back in a call center (ugh) position. We have a daily set schedule and have to take our breaks at specified times and my shift is from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, which is more traditional but I loved working the 6 AM to 2:30 PM shift in my previous, non-call center position.
Some of the changes I have made to my routine are working out in the morning even though I prefer working out in the afternoon; 4:30 feels so late and the gyms are disgustingly busy at that time. I also set a goal to walk at least 2 miles on my breaks, which keeps me more active and leaves a bit of time for snacks and lunch.
So what adjustments have you made when life throws you a change?