The Importance of Staying Fit during your Job Search
One note if you decide to change or start any fitness or nutrition plan, consult with your physician first.
Staying fit is something we should all strive for and during a job search it plays an even more important role. We are not a nutrition and/or fitness website or experts, but we felt it was important to discuss this topic on our site since many people going through a job search or career change forget about their physical well-being during the process.
Staying Fit while Unemployed
People who have had a full schedule while being employed and now when unemployed face a challenge of adjusting to a new routine; we discuss this topic on our page Routine to Stay Focus. When you don’t have a structured work day or routine you can find yourself moving less and eating more, which can be a combination that can put on extra pounds making you feel sluggish and unmotivated. Then you add the frustration of a job search and it can leave you feeling gloomy and depression can set it. All of this can work against you during this challenging time. We all have heard the better you feel on the inside the better you will shine on the outside, which can only help during the interview process. Feeling good, looking good, having energy and keeping a clear mind will benefit you during your job search.
Many people who have a hectic work schedule always had the excuse they were too busy to stay on a fitness and/or nutrition program or to take it to the level they truly desired. Well if you’re unemployed you have the time to make this a big focus while you’re searching for a job and when you find a job you should still keep it going. We recommend doing a workout program in the morning so you are sure you get to it, but if you already have a set time that can still work then keep it.
While Employed but Looking for a New Job
It is just as important to keep fit when you are still employed but looking to switch to a new job or career, you will be adding a new list of tasks to perform and squeezing them into your already busy schedule. This can add extra stress and run you down; staying fit will help keep your energy levels up and stay focused.
Benefits of an Exercise Program
There are many ways of maintaining an exercise program. If you belong to a gym and can still afford a membership we suggest keeping it and go every day, it will give you a place to escape that will benefit you. If you can’t afford a gym there are many exercise programs you can do at home or even better get out for a walk, run, hike or a bike ride every day, you can even try yoga, tai chi or Pilates. There are websites like www.MapMyRun.com, www.DailyMile.com that are free and help you track your progress; Daily Mile even has a great community network where you can meet other people and share work outs
- Exercise can help to keep your energy levels up so you can tackle more during the day
- Being unemployed is stressful, exercise can help reduce stress levels
- Networking and connecting with people especially at the gym can result in job leads (try keeping your headphones off to listen and engage in conversations)
- Exercise can keep you looking and feeling good which will help out on interviews by building self confidence
- Exercise can help keep you motivated in other areas of your life
- Searching for a job can be a long process, setting and meeting exercise/fitness goals will give you a sense of achievement during your search
- Exercise can also help to keep a clear mind which will increase your concentration levels