Health in 2009

LCT Magazine
Posted on December 10, 2008
By Jim A. Luff

As I logged on to write my weekly blog entry, I had a completely different train of thought than New Year’s resolutions.  Then, I see a pop-up ad probably selling a magazine or book and the headline is “Oprah is fat again at 200 pounds”!  She is embarrassed about it and in this magazine or book, she will tell you how she got to that weight.  Shocker!

Hey listen, I am not going to write a book about it because there really isn’t that much to say about it.  I eat unhealthy food, I don’t get enough exercise, I sit in a chair all day watching my ass get larger and larger each year, and did I mention my love for beer?  Especially Bud Light, which they cleverly call that to assure me that I am drinking “light” so there must be less calories.

So, each year, I vow that I am going to lose weight this year, improve my diet, eliminate stress, and make time for exercise.  Oh my gosh, last year, I actually went four months of going to the gym every morning at five o’clock.  Now, that really sucks.  However, in always trying to find the best in everything, I did find a great deal of hot women exercise in Spandex at that time of the morning.  Now, before anybody gets angry about my sexist comment, this is my private exercise time, and a man must make do with his surroundings and so I did.  It was good motivation and all looking was done with appreciation instead of ogling.

I digress, back to the resolution issue, the question is, am I going to make that same resolution again?  I think it is certainly important given the fact that we are in a high stress industry and most of us are “on” 24/7, and live and breathe our business as opposed to a regular job where you actually get off work and forget about it until the next day.

Our sleep is interrupted by late night and early morning crisis situations and we are tied to the phone whether in the office or at the gym.  We spend so much time taking care of our clients, taking care of the family, taking care of our employees and taking care of our friends that we sometimes neglect taking care of ourselves.  And, that reminds me, if I don’t take care of myself, who is going to take care of all those people if I am not around?  It is time to make a change and I am going to give it another try.  In January of course, not today.

Comments ( 1 )
  • Skyline

     | about 9 years ago

    As operators of vehicles on a regular basis, we are susceptible to some health-related issues such as stress, back pain, and even osteoarthritis. Improving symptoms related to such issues are as easy as exercising while on the job.Here are some ways to improve flexibility and circulation behind the wheel without sweating and wrinkling our suits:*Boxing: Stretch arms out to the windshield and back like in boxing. This helps promote circulation.*Walking: Walk the parking structure/around the block/the cell phone lot.*Stair Step: Place a towel on the bumper and raise one leg at a time. While inside the vehicle, raise knees to the steering wheel one at a time. This also helps with circulation. *Shoulder shrugs: A good way to alleviate pressure building up in your shoulder and upper back areas. Simply shrug your shoulders up and down and back and forth and hold each time for 5 seconds. Relax and repeat about 10 to 15 times.*Steering wheel isometrics: Place your hands at 9 and 3 position on the steering wheel (just like driver's ed class) and press inward with your arms. Hold for five counts, but keep the tension out of your neck. Repeat four times, then move your hands to 10 and 2 and repeat. To work different muscle groups, change position of your hands. *Belly vacuums: On an exhale, simply pull your abs toward your spine without letting your back round. Keep the abs engaged and focus on breathing into the back of your ribs for three to five breaths.*Glute winks: Your bottom can get sore and numb from sitting for long periods of time. This exercise not only works the glutes, but also gets the circulation moving. It can also relieve low back pain too. Simply squeeze your right glute for three to five seconds, release it and switch sides. Repeat for a total of 10 times.*Remember Drink plenty of waterSkyline limousine services & fleet management provides articles as informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for the personal care you c

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