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From College Student to Full-Time Employee: How to Stay Healthy

June 17, 2010

(image via Toon Pool)

About a month ago, I graduated from college and began working at Oldways full time. Entering the “real world” is really not as scary as adults want you to think. Transitioning from a long-term intern to official employee has been both fun and educational. Besides, as long as I don’t have to write any more 15-page term papers, I have no complaints.

My only real struggle as an official adult so far is finding time to exercise. I went from essentially being able to arrange my class and work schedule in any way I pleased, to being busy literally all day Monday through Thursday (thankfully I have Fridays off until September. A big shout out to our office summer hours!)  Sure, I could just give up on exercising during the week but I worked hard to get in shape over the last few years, and I don’t want to lose that.  So, without any further ado, here are the three best pieces of advice I’ve been given to help me transition to a busy and fit working girl.  (Thanks, Mom).

  1. Create an exercise routine you can stick with. Motivating yourself to actually work out is hard enough, so make it as painless as possible. My morning commute takes several hours via public transportation, so my alarm goes off at 5:45 a.m. That’s about four and a half hours earlier than I want to be up. So let’s be realistic here – there is just no way I am getting up any earlier to run. I might be able to force myself to go for a few days, but soon enough, I’m going to start skipping workouts. So instead, I run after work. That’s not exactly what I want to do after a long day in the office, but for me, it’s more bearable than lacing up my sneakers at the crack of dawn.
  2. You have to make time to exercise. Sure, we’re all busy. Between working 40 hours a week and the additional time spent commuting, I could easily make excuses (and okay, sometimes I do). But there are always at least 30 minutes each day that I can designate for exercise. When that time arrives, I do it no matter how hungry or tired or lazy I am feeling, and I’m always glad I did.
  3. Find little ways to turn your daily routines into physical activity. I try to stretch at my desk or take walks on my lunch breaks whenever I can. This also includes things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, housecleaning, and dancing around the room to your favorite song. Every little bit helps!

Remember that the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid features daily exercise, and that’s just as important as eating a healthy diet. So no matter how busy you are, find a way to get some sort of physical activity.

And please, feel free to share some of your own tips with us! Trust me, I need all the help I can get.

– Chrisanne

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 7:05 pm

    This is great, thanks Chrisanne! I’m trying to get myself into working out, so I’ve been riding my bike more often when I get home from work. It’s a road bike, so I can go farther with less work, and it’s more enjoyable. I challenge myself to stay in my highest gear the whole time to get more of a workout.

    I’m considering trying pilates- half an hour a day of youtube instructional videos, or something. We’ll see how that goes.

    Loved your first post 🙂

  2. Molli permalink
    June 17, 2010 8:05 pm

    Yay Chrisanne!! I’m so proud of your first blog post, way to go! 🙂 Hope all is well at Oldways!!

  3. Billy permalink
    June 18, 2010 12:54 am

    Great first post! Good tips, now if only I could do that myself! My lack of physical exercise for the past… long time… is pretty bad so hopefully this post will help me figure out a way to be better about that. By the way, that food pyramid you linked to is way better than that other one where it has vertical stripes rather than a pyramid style breakdown. Plus, including exercise is definitely a great addition to the pyramid. Way to go Oldways, you all rock!

  4. Ashley permalink
    June 18, 2010 4:55 am

    This really helps! I’m working a bunch of odd end jobs now, so having an organized way to exercise is great. Thanks for the tips! (And the hope for the soon-to-graduate!)

  5. Maddux permalink
    June 22, 2010 4:47 pm

    You have inspired me to stay active even though it is now deerfly season! I shall talk to Steve about the need for me to keep consistant and I promise not to be such a wimp with the bugs!

  6. Ann permalink
    June 22, 2010 4:53 pm

    My first time blogging! (Actually my second if you count the assistance I just gave to Maddux sending his response!) I’m quite excited to see how blogging works and read your post. Excellent advice to all and I’m proud of you for continuing to make exercise a priority. If there is one thing I’ve learned after 30 years as a fitness professional, no one ever “finds” time, … we all just have to make it! Good job Chrisanne!

  7. Maddux permalink
    June 22, 2010 4:55 pm

    Thank you for your inspirational blog! I’ve been a wimp lately about the deerflys, but thanks to you I’m going to get back out there for my walks and runs!

  8. Spice permalink
    June 23, 2010 12:41 am

    This blog is particularly meaningful to me because I have always struggled with my weight. When I was younger, I was too skinny, but as I grew older I became very obese. Recently I’ve been trying to get back to a healthy weight, but it’s difficult! I especially like your idea about turning your daily routine into exercise. For instance, I sprint to my food dish every time someone passes it. Not only does it get people to feed me, it also helps me burn off the calories!

    • June 23, 2010 3:18 pm

      Oldways looks forward to receiving MANY more Grise family comments in the future! (especially from the pets)

  9. June 25, 2010 4:59 pm

    What a terrific post… Healthy is good:)

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