I. Am. Exhausted. - From doing NOTHING!

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    I. Am. Exhausted. - From doing NOTHING!

    Okay, so between online work and writing my next novel, I have basically been sitting ALL DAY in front of the computer from 7-8 am in the morning to 5pm in the afternoon. It's been, what, four days, I think? I am mentally, and physically EXHAUSTED. I get so carried away with work - you know that feeling when the computer sucks you in and you feel like you can't unplug - that I just forget to actually, you know, move. Long after I've shut down my laptop, I still feel 'plugged in'. I know, it sounds like the Matrix.

    But I have to work - and it's not changing anytime soon. So I need some advice on good health-keeping with long hours in front of the computer. I've started setting my timer on my phone for breaks every 25 minutes. In that short break, I will do some exercise just so that I get my body moving. TOTALS seem to be a great fit for this.

    Is there anything else my fellow Bees can suggest? It's kind of amazing to me that a working brain - well, it is the hungriest organ in the body - can tire one out as quickly as a day of physical labor can!

    #2
    Can you put your computer on something and work standing for 30 minutes?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Kaleo View Post
      Can you put your computer on something and work standing for 30 minutes?
      Unfortunately, no. We currently live in a hotel room. My husband is a supervisor for the hotel so we are here 24/7. I don't really have the facility or space to do that.

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        #4
        An idea could be to apply the "grease the groove" approach (henceforth GTG).

        GTG is focused to improve the prestation concerning a specific exercise (i.e. one is has a weak point and decide to work to get stronger focusing on it).

        GTG is based on perseverance, the basic idea is do many repetition of such an exercise during the day.

        First, one should select an exercise which is able do (around) 5 repetitions as max.

        Then, during the day one must to do a set of 3 reps every our of two. In this way, the mini-workout does not stress your body (i.e. the buffer is high, since one is working with the 60%) and it's possible to do a "big" amount of reps using short time windows. i.e. at least 6 set during the day, that means at least 18 reps during the day (more 3 times the max number of reps in a row)

        GTT could be scaled for every kind of exercise and level of difficulty. Notably, the max number of reps should not be very high, otherwise the gains will not be important.
        Moreover, be aware that such an exercise have not be include in the one's daily routine.

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          #5
          I agree with thepresident that the original GTG method would probably be a good option for you Nevetharine.

          I am currently doing a variation of GTG by Maximum Potential Calisthenics but the original would suite you well, here is an example:
          say you want to get your push up reps increased then you would start with finding your max reps (say 10 reps) and then you set up a routine protocol like every 45 minutes I am going to do 2 - 3 reps of the push up and do that all day until, say 8pm.
          You would then repeat this protocol every day testing your max every... say month and then doing a percentage of that number = 30% of 10 = 3 then say you get to 15 max reps then find 30% of that and do that number of reps = 30% of 15 is 4.5 so up to 5 reps every 45 minutes.

          I hope that makes sense.

          This can be done with almost any exercise, bodyweight or barbell.

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            #6
            Thanks for the suggestions on exercise. I know about the GTG method and have done it before. I believe TOTALS kind of follow the same principle.

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              #7
              What are your thoughts on doing this with sets? So basically doing one set of a couple of exercises (from any routine) every 30 minutes or so?

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                #8
                In my personal experience (do a lot of computer work myself and iam also into gaming ) these are two diffrent types of beeing exhausted. If you work till 5pm, isn't there enough time to work out?

                Even if iam tired from work, just start with some small exercises like jumping jacks, you will feel so much better after this! I just have to start, even if i dont want to.....so this sound like a typical fight with your inner couch potato?

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                  #9
                  There is enough time to workout, yes. It's just that all the sitting makes me so tired (this is a problem particularly during work). I'm doing TOTALS now and trying to take breaks every 25 minutes (when I remember to set the alarm) to do those exercises. I have noticed that it helps my concentration out a bit. It's still tiring though. I think it's more than just being lazy (I know what that feels like...this is worse).

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