My working days consist of my sitting behind my computer all day. I’m not sure what the percentages are of people having similar work scenarios, but I’m guessing they’re pretty high. This sedentary work life is something I struggle with. I like being active during the day, but it’s hard to be active when you’re just sitting in your chair all day.
Apart from the obvious health risks of just doing anything actively all day, I started experiencing mental effects as well. I felt locked up in my own mind. I was having trouble unwind at the end of the day and not think about work anymore after work hours.
So, something had to change. I’m a firm believer in symbioses between a healthy body and healthy mind. To compensate for my stationary work life, I started to work out in the gym. This is years ago now.
In the beginning, all I did was just a little bit of fitness, but I quickly started feeling better mentally. And as I progressed in the weights, I physically started feeling better as well. And while I started feeling physically better, I started feeling better mentally as well. It was almost as if one influenced the other 😏.
Why Am I Sharing This?
A few weeks ago I shared an Instagram story of me walking with a Yoke for the first time, as well as doing a Farmers Walk. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go ahead and go to my Instagram profile and look for the #fitdad stories.
A couple of people commented on that story and started asking questions. Instead of keeping those answers in my Instagram DMs, I thought it’d be good to answer them here. Because there was a common theme in those questions. I’m also including some other questions I get about working out and what it does for me.
My workout frequently asked questions about working out
You know what? When I started working out properly, I did my bench press, squats, overhead press and deadlifts with an empty bar. So, that’s just 20kg and all I did was incrementally add kilos. As little as 0,5kg per time. I focused on the form only.
Not only do you create more muscles and thus burn more calories in rest state, doing heavy lifting actually increases your vascular and nerves system. And, if done correctly, it can be the best cardio exercise you ever did!
I basically have two workout sessions which I alternate. The first starts with Overhead Press and Squats plus some complimentary lifts. The other workout is focused on the Romanian Deadlift and Bench Press and also some complimentary lifts.
Additionally, I do some LISS exercises like outdoor walks or on my indoor bike.
So, looking at the end goal for me, which is to live as healthy and strong for as long as possible, lifting weights really is the only option. But, if hauling with weights isn’t your thing, body weight exercises will get you there as well.
My favoriete is lifting weights, but I also like going for an hour long walk, meditate, listen to music loudly. Basically, anything that stops me from thinking 😅.
There’s really only one absolute favoriete one and that has to be the deadlift. I’m currently doing the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) and loving it. It the one excercise that absolutely destroys me, depletes and leaves me with no room to think. I mean, there’s really no room to think once you’re going for sets with 10 reps of 200kg.