You get a lot of physical activity when you're working. If your social life is good, you get to play sports, dance, and swim with your co-workers. You might not even notice you're physically active when you have a job.
When you're unemployed, however, you get a lot less activity and have much less motivation. You don't have the drive to do what is needed to be healthy. Most people put on weight and lose the vigor they once had. They tire easily and lack interest.
However, this should not be the case. Being in-between jobs can be the best thing that ever happened to your health because you get the freedom to do what you want, where you want, how you want it. Exercise releases a natural feel-good hormone and helps you release your anger and frustrations, making you feel more confident during the interviews.
Since you might be a bit tight on the budget, here are a few affordable ideas to secure good health.
One of the biggest problems of staying home for a long period of time is your accessibility to food all day long. For the unemployed, it is very easy to snag a bag of potato chips and shove them into his mouth while facing the television. But by all means, don’t.
When you’re at home, it’s still best to schedule your meals like when you’re working. Avoid snacking all day, especially when your refrigerator doesn't contain healthy food. One tip is to include fruits and vegetables when you go grocery shopping. Another great idea is to cook or prepare your own food rather than ordering takeout.
Drink plenty of water
Drink as much water as you can. Water doesn't only help the body function properly, it also keeps your immune system alert and ready to block any possible infection.
Make sure you have access to clean and safe drinking water. Whole house water filtration systems can provide worry-free drinking water for the whole family.
Maintain a sleeping schedule
Even if you don’t have work to attend to, always maintain a consistent sleeping schedule with enough number of hours. Irregular sleeping patterns will only make you feel tired the entire day, weaken your immune defenses, and eventually make you sick.
If you don’t have weights or gym equipment at home, you can turn to the cheapest form of exercise: hiking, jogging, or running. These exercises only need to put one foot in front of the other. Since you have plenty of time to spare, why not make it a daily habit?
Consider going out early in the morning or late in the afternoon. This way, you won’t get too exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Use running apps to track your progress.
Try the gym
On the other hand, getting a gym membership or a local fitness class may cost you a few bucks, but it can also be an opportunity to network, aside from getting the proper workout you need.
Try working out when the bosses are in the gym: this may be at dawn. Be approachable and friendly and you might just get an interview from the guy sweating next to you on the elliptical. You should make friends with the fitness staff as well, they could tip you off if they have a client looking to hire.
I hope these tips have helped! Remember, feeling good and looking good will give you a clear mind and help you during your job search.
About the author
Melissa Page is a professional writer and a health buff. She believes that having drinking water systemsat home can result in greater fitness, health and peace of mind. When she’s not writing about health, she’s at the gym or preparing a healthy meal at home. Follow her musings on Twitter @Melissapage90
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