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Working It Out

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

We all know that college is, for many, one of the most memorable times of your life. The three- or four-year roller-coaster affair includes lectures, presentations, late-night study sessions, final exams, and when you have the time, you may take back the night with a few parties. During this time period, you either snack on just about anything to get by in the cram of things, or you choose to the live the easy life, filled with fast foods and loaded boxes from restaurants and cook shops.

But when you step into the real world, everything changes. In order to make an indelible mark in corporate affairs, creative spaces or as a budding entrepreneur, we put in all the hard work, effort and energy to get the tasks at hand done. As a result, the metabolic rate slows drastically due to the consistent stoic placement around a desk during nine to five, and certain lifestyle habits, too, which were once deemed standard, will now do more harm than good to the body.

So, for the college issue of the Flair, here are a few pointers on how to successfully transition from lecture rooms to board rooms:

1 Eating right: They say you are what you eat, and when you delve into the work world, it is exactly that. So, first things first, say goodbye to the KFCs, the Burger Kings, other fast foods and say hello to wraps and salads. OK, easier said than done right?

This won't be a smooth transition, so take your time in finding a right balance. If you went for fast food every day, lower it to twice per week and fulfil your hunger on those other days with healthier lunch alternatives, opting for a mix with more greens. And those large lunch boxes packed with spoons of rice aren't a bed of roses either, so cut those servings in half, and balance it with a side of vegetables, raw or steamed, depending on your palate.

To spice things up, have an authentic Jamaican meal for lunch, replacing those bad carbohydrates with good, like sweet potato, yellow yam, and boiled bananas.

Say you comfort-eat due to stress, snacking on chips and chocolate. It is best that you feed on other options, say fruits, veggies, nuts, or yogurt. That way, you can satisfy the sweet tooth within you without packing on added calories.

Drinks are not to be exempted from this list as well: rid your diet of sodas and upgrade to juices, or do it the all-natural way, with water, and treat yourself, when you can to coconut water, to rehydrate and regain energy.

Let's get physical: The days of walking from class to class are now over. And putting in longer work hours will eventually strain any physical activities you were once associated with, if you were into athletics or arts, that is. Before things get out of hand, activate team keep in shape from now.

Get active with your organisation. Join a basketball team, football team or other clubs readily available to you. That way you will kill two birds with one stone: get in some well-needed cardio, and get in your company's good graces as well.

Enroll in a gym and work on your cardio. Or when all else fails, visit DVDs at home, or Youtube videos. Morning may work for some, but night may work for others, so pick a time and make a date. Also, you can make amends in the workplace, trading in the elevator rides for running the stairs

You know what they say: prevention is better cure, so what are you waiting for? Add structure to that chaotic life and the best time to do it is today.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com