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Here’s Your Weekly Health Fix . . . A coaching idea and tip from me, and a health related headline you might have missed . . .
Take your smoking breaks 🚶🏻😱
I want to share with you a conversation I recently had with a client.
My guess is that many of you will resonate with this.
My hope is that you’ll be inspired to act . . .
My client has 2 issues when he’s at the office.
His job isn’t especially inspiring for him, so the temptation for poor food choices and more regular snacking are high, in the search for fleeting stimulation.
Secondly, due to the long days, including the commute to and from the office, he struggles to find time to get any meaningful movement in during those days. By the time he gets home his family duties take precedent and before long the day is gone.
If you work a 9 – 5 and you’re mainly seated all day, you can probably relate.
Let’s leave aside the conversation about pursuing a different line of work that you might find more fulfilling or that suits your routine better – this is the obvious ideal for everyone but naturally isn’t always possible to implement, or at least right away.
So I asked my client about his colleagues who smoke.
I asked, on average, how many times a day do these people leave the building to light up? And each time they step outside, how long is it for?
5 cigarette breaks, at 5-15 minutes each (including the distraction of the phone, the passing conversation in the entrance, the stop in the bathroom and the coffee machine on the way back).
I then asked my client how the difference in his productive hours would equate to his colleagues, and the perceived presence of my client in the office by his superiors, if he were to step outside a few times a day.
He concluded ‘probably not much difference’.
So following this revelation we set up a plan that 3 times per day he would step out and walk for 10-15 minutes around the block.
These would be his ‘smoking breaks’, just without the smoking of course.
With this plan we solved the issue of him not moving at all on the days where he’s required to be in the office.
At the same time, the change of scenery and environment provides the stimulation, distraction, and recharge from the monotony of his desk job, without needing to raid the snack draw every time his focus waned and boredom set in.
And, these short moments of respite would not be any different to the liberty that the smokers take when breaking off from work to catch their nicotine fix.
This solution allows the movement and the sunlight to work their magic on his mental and physical health.
I bet you can implement a few non smoking ‘smoking breaks’ into your day too, can’t you?
Go do it! 🚶🏻
Your spouse might be ruining your workouts!
An amusing new study finds that older adults who exercise together with their spouse might be doing themselves a disservice.
Could it be that one partner is holding the other back? Or is it that engrained routines don’t incentivise extra exertion? Or would you simply not exercise at all if your better half wasn’t dragging you along?!
. . . That’s it for this dose,
Until the next time – Stay Motivated!💪🏼
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