As the final burst of New Year enthusiasm wears off and going to the gym just isn’t that fun anymore, many accountants are looking for new and effective ways of getting and staying healthy.
With increasingly frantic work schedules and growing national levels of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, finding time to fit in regular exercise is more important than ever before.
It doesn’t help that many accountants are office-bound and tempted by a lethal combination of cake, coffee and alcohol that often plague working life.
Originally prompted by an Any Answer posting (“Fat Accountant”), here we compile a dozen AccountingWEB member responses to help busy accountants maintain an active and balanced lifestyle.
Top general tips:
- Little things can make the difference – One member’s husband managed to lose 1.5 stone simply by cutting out a daily Mars Bar. Many accountants like to be in control of a situation and weighing yourself regularly can help you keep on top of it. Another member added that if you can identify things that you should cut out, then you can cut them out totally. It doesn't need to be forever, but until you get down to your target weight.
- Take the slow approach - If you must lose weight, do it slowly. Forget crash diets as you will always bounce back and end up even heavier. One member asks “does it matter if it takes three years to lose the weight?”
- Keep hydrated - Drink six to eight large glasses of water every day. It seems like a lot, but as one AccountingWEB member notes, it is often hard to distinguish between hunger and thirst.
Top fitness activities:
- Walking – Many accountants will have a relatively stationary working life, so getting out and about to take in some fresh air will do wonders. One member advises not to buy doughnuts from Tesco on Sunday, but instead get out into the countryside and walk to appreciate the world outside the office. A step-counter helped one AccountingWEB user lead a more active lifestyle. Getting a dog could also be a solution to your inactivity.
- Take 3-4 classes a week – Make full use of exercise classes available, particularly if they form part of your gym membership. One AccountingWEB member notes that short intense exercise gives more benefits, particularly in a group motivational environment.
- Keep the body moving – By keeping your body working all day and staying active you will keep your metabolism topped-up. One reader suggested getting up from your desk at least every hour to go to put the kettle on, do some filing, or whatever you can think of.
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