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Pink Slip Exercise? When Losing Your Job Is A Good Thing

pinkslip-1Sometimes it takes a major work shift to get us to change our habits. A little time off—say, that time between jobs—can help us regain perspective and finally jump-start a weight loss plan.

It’s easy to get swept up in the daily grind at a stressful full-time job. You lose track of the hours spent at your desk, forgetting to move around every so often, drink a glass of water or eat a nutritious lunch.

“According to one study,” says Amy Teeple, “over a quarter of the workers surveyed stated they had gained at least 10 pounds while working in their current jobs. Thirteen percent had gained more than 20 pounds.”

Clearly, this common workday pattern is taking a serious toll on our health.

It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

A 53-year-old father and husband lost his high-profile engineering job in March. It came as a shock and with much apprehension about the lack of opportunity in his field. For the first time in over a decade, he started to exercise.

While many who find themselves suddenly jobless give in to unemployment depression, stress eating and weight gain, others shift gears. Each day, before starting his job search, our friend warms up his muscles and runs on the treadmill. He intends to stick with it when he finds his new job.

“It’s never too late to start your weight loss program,” says IdealShape co-founder Skyler Meine. He teaches his clients that while the road ahead may seem daunting, taking that first step puts you well on your way to fitness.

Discovering a Wellness Community

For another one of our friends, the commitment to health came when she found a new job. After a grueling seven-month search, her big break came: she got a job with a successful international firm. It was here that she discovered a wellness community and began her dream of body shaping.

As part of her new employer’s company wellness program, a weight loss consultant comes to the office every week. Between weekly group meetings, she and her coworkers keep each other on track.

Since January, she has reversed years’ worth of weight gain and improved her personal fitness. More importantly, she has built muscle and made huge strides toward her ideal shape. She’s excited about how healthy she feels, and says her new program has helped her cope with the stress of a new job and 10-hour work days.

Finding a support group is a wonderful way to start a new fitness routine. Friends, family, coworkers and coaching professionals can be invaluable when it’s time to overcome the obstacles holding you back.

Achieving Work-Life Balance

Starting a body shaping program can be counted as one good thing to come out of career shifts! Of course, you don’t have to lose your job to tackle your fitness goals. After all, health isn’t a between-jobs fix—it’s a lifetime commitment.

Regardless of how hectic your life seems today, the time to start investing in your body is now.



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