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Work should not prevent you from eating

SUNDAY MAGAZINE
By Faith Kariuki | January 24th 2016

I get worried when I hear people give excuses why it is difficult or impossible for them to eat healthy and/ or do physical exercises.

Our jobs have become the biggest priority in our lives and all things revolve around them.

It is the constant determinant of what can be done or what cannot be done.

Our daily diets are determined by our availability which is in turn determined by our jobs.

We wake up early to beat traffic and make it to work on time.

We do everything in a rush just to spend one or two hours in traffic where we try to catch up on sleep and dreams.

We seldom think of walking or cycling to work, yet we always complain of not having time for exercise.

Eventually, we get to work angry from a combination of all these.

Do you know hunger makes people cranky? So, have breakfast or you will end up having one dull day. You cannot be productive if your last meal was more than 12 hours earlier.

Come lunch time, most people will stay hungry; others will visit the nearby kiosks or dial an office delivery food service.

At 5pm, most of us are out of our work station to beat the traffic jam back home. Instead of walking home, we spend another two to three hours on the road, in a vehicle.

By the time we get home, we are too tired to do anything. Those who live by themselves will buy junk food on their way home, toast bread or make the simplest meal possible.

Those with house helps will find the meals ready; get served eat and relax on the couch before retiring to bed, waiting for the cycle to start all over again the following day.

So here is the thing, we have enough time to exercise and eat healthy.

Try to wake up early. Yes, you are already stretching it but this is the only way. Wake up 20 minutes earlier and exercise. You can jog within the estate and if it is not safe you can jog on the spot or you can skip.

Alternatively, you can walk for at least 15 minutes before you board passenger transport or just walk to work.

In the evening, walk home and take the opportunity to pass by the market to buy fresh food.

As you begin the New Year, be more committed to your health. Do not give everything to your job. Do not spend your health gaining wealth because you will soon spend all this wealth to regain your health.

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