Starting a new job can be stressful. Often there is much more to think about than just the work you will be doing day-to-day. “What’s the best way to get to work? Where can I eat lunch? etc. All these questions run around your head as you try to concentrate your effort into your new working life.
Working in IT (Information Technology) I spend a lot of time in a chair staring into a computer screen. I love the work I do and having recently joined the team at Goodlife Fitness I am facing all the stresses of starting a new job.
Exercise in my daily working lifestyle has generally been limited due to access to facilities and the constraints of a normal working day. Starting a new job however is a great time to re-assess how I plan my working day and a great opportunity for me to use the gym access I get with the job to improve my overall health.
I perhaps speak for the ‘average Joe’ in that finding time to go to the gym everyday would be seen as an impossible task. But here’s my idea – initially I plan to attend the gym once during my working week. Ok – that should be achievable. Maybe I’ll have to keep a space in my diary and maybe I’ll come in early to save up some extra time – I can do that too.
What I hope to achieve, along with an improvement in my general fitness, is to have some time to myself. Time to think though all those questions swimming around in my head, time to hopefully gain some clarity, “I think I’ll take the bus to work – the number 12 bus should work.”, “That café on the way to the gym looked good – I’ll eat there.”
This is my plan. If you’re starting a new job or changing your role at your existing job, see if you can find the time to allow exercise to make a positive difference in your working week.