How Your Career Can Be a Negative Factor with Your Health

David O'Driscoll

More often than not we look at weight-loss, fitness & health in various different ways. Some people find it easy; some people have good genetics, and some people just don’t have either.

There are a few things to take into consideration when it comes to weight-loss, health, and fitness.

Work / Career

In my 14-year work life I have had many challenges to overcome when it comes to my health and fitness. In my early twenties I trained too much which led to burnout and fatigue.

In my min and late twenties again, I trained 6 times a week and commuted across to UK whilst running a fitness business and installing for an engineering company. This would soon lead to burnout again and incredible weight-gain.

So, what is the secret to me being in shape now? Well, a lot has changed, in-fact I train 50% less than I use to, and I am in better shape now than what I when I trained 6 times a week.


Well, I over trained, I overworked, and I lived life based on getting in the gym even on 5 hours sleep. This had quite the opposite effect on me when it came to living healthy. If anything, I went the opposite. So let me break down some ways I actually ended up fitter, healthier and happier below. I can relate because I have been there.

Your career will have an impact on how you manage your day-to-day life, things like commuting, access to food, hours work per day & demands that the job may require. If this is the case and these factors play a big part in, you keeping some sort of routine then try to plan a few days a week to train. Of course, the higher the workload, the more stress, more tired you are, less tolerance you’ll have to other things and so on. So, if your career plays a big part in getting in the way of your fitness & health here is a few tips.

Focus more on your diet, pre prep for the week regarding food, at least this way you’re not eating on the go or neglecting your nutrition. Also make sure you’re doing some sort of movement; walking is great & you should try and aim to do at least 10,000 steps per day. In terms of resistance training if you can grab a kettle bell or any weights twice a week for 30 minutes then your good to go!

If you have limited time after work, screw the gym, workout at home, use YouTube or create your own routine, some may say the gym is the only place you can train, but if it’s going to stretch you for time and cause more stress make do at home. Moving for 30 minutes and burning a sweat is better than doing nothing at all I actually don’t even have a gym membership, I run 3 times a week outside and do resistance training from the comfort of my home now. If a gym or a local fitness community is within a sensible distance I would 100% advise going, but don’t stress yourself if you can do something that’s not going to takeaway quality time from your day.

Finally, when it comes to recovery, focus on 8 hours if you’re up early, bed by 10 up at 6. Just aim for 7-8 hours. I honestly would say if your life were full-on or you have limited time find yourself a minute (if you have one) and try and see what you can improve on in terms of time management & also what unnecessary stress you can remove from your life.

Remember the aim of the game is to try and simplify things.

Don’t believe me, check how my body and life changed when I started changing things. I took a job closer to home, moved within 10 minutes of my business & ditched the gym, bought some running trainers and weights, and trained from the comfort of my home & used the outdoors for running. Not only did it improve my health, but also me as a father, person and most importantly my mental health. There are always ways to make life simpler.

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