Neeraj Sharma
Neeraj Sharma
Computer Science
05 Jun 2017

The Fitness thread - needed for desk jobs

I am starting this thread here about fitness on a technical forum in its rightful Misc topic because everything else covers various facets of our jobs and technical expertise. This thread is going to be different and will focus upon choosing a healthy lifestyle over what most of us are used to. Its not unknown that "Health Is Wealth" and as most of us have a job that requires us sitting on the desk for hours together, we are becoming unhealthy as time passes. We binge upon unhealthy food habits and eventually start deteriorating our health and get what is called the "IT Belly" .
I would not want to go much into what being fat or having an unhealthy lifestyle can do to you down the road because we are aware of it, and yet we binge upon those burgers and pizzas over and over again.

The Start:
Before we even think about changing, we need to be in a correct mindset. Ask yourself if you want to do it for your health and for your family and loved ones. Be committed to make the change and start by taking small breaks and stretching every one hour while you are at office.

When you start feeling at ease, start by doing bodyweight exercises in the morning at home. Start by doing normal squats, push ups, crunches etc. or go for a walk/jog outside for an hour. Cut all the coke and soda that you have developed a habit of and instead drink healthy drinks. By healthy drinks I dont mean the overhyped gatorade which only has sugar. Drink something natural like coconut water, etc.

Do this for a week and you would start noticing the difference . You would see that your body is thanking yourself. Continue for a month.

Taking it up a notch:
Once you are comfortable doing these, get a gym membership and commit to spend one hour no matter what, there.Do 30 min cardio and 30 min of mild weight training. Make better nutritional choices and substitutions. The indian food habits are such which make us fat very easily if we dont perform physical activities. Let me do a simple breakdown:
- We eat 3 big meals a day mostly loaded with rice and chapatis, which is essentially carbohydrates which get stored in the body and if they are not burned using physical activity they got stored as fat. Look at it this way, Fat is the Loan on your body which you have to remove by working hard and doing intense phsyical activity.
- Eat log of vegetables. vegetables give you a lot of essential vtamins essential for your body.
- Omega3 - I cant stress enough on the importance of this healthy fat for your heart and brain. Have almonds daily or any nuts for omega 3.
- Choose complex carbs over simple carbs- Simple carbs like white rice , sugar etc get digested quickly and raise the insulin level in body thereby aiding fat storage. Instead have sources of complex carbs like brown rice, oats etc, which contain fiber and slow the digestion so that you dont feel hungry often to binge eat and you have steady and constant supply of energy.
The right mix of exercise and nutrition will keep you healthy and rejuvenated and you will notice the results of the same in your job and day to day activities. You will see your energy levels and confidence grow.

Note: Dieting is a short term fix, a healthy lifestyle is forever. Dont diet, change your lifestlye and be healthy and keep your parents and family healthy with you.

I embarked upon this journey after failing numerous times 3 months back. I have lost 4 inches around my waist and have lost 10 kgs in the last 3 months. I still binge eat once a while but that's fine if you choose to have healthy meals the rest of the time.

This thread is out of the field of this forum but seeing the number of unfit people in IT industry, this is the need of the hour. Do pose if you have any questions about what I posted above or any topics related to nutrition and I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge..

Be fit.. Be strong.. Be confident.. All the Best 😀
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
05 Jun 2017
This is amazing. First of all, congratulations on bringing about that positive change in your lifestyle. I know how hard it is to change habits. You have to make a conscious choice every moment of the day and you need a lot of self-motivation for that. It'd be great if everyone comes forward and share their stories, health tips and any suggestions or questions here. We can grow as a community together.

PS: IT Belly sucks.
Neeraj Sharma

Neeraj Sharma

Computer Science
06 Jun 2017
Here's a picture of my 3 month progress.. Gonna lose more pounds for sure with the regimen that I am on..
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06 Jun 2017
Very interesting stuff here and it's definitely share worthy. Thank you for starting this and I hope it will inspire all our fellow engineers who're glued to the computers as a part of their jobs.

Neeraj Sharma
a healthy lifestyle is forever
Yep. That summarises everything.

As a part of my job; I've to spend several hours in front of the computer doing lot of mentally challenging stuff; and I tend to avoid breaks. I kept ignoring back aches and headaches but did know that my body's just giving me signals that I need to do something.

Back in August, after sitting in front of computer all day; I got super frustrated with myself and decided to do something. I got off the chair, went straight to the badminton club very near to my residence and got enrolled. I used to be a badminton player in my school days; but had not played in the last ~15 years.

...and I think that's the best thing I did in 2016. I've been playing badminton daily for one hour and I can already feel the changes in my own body. I no longer feel drowsy in the afternoons and my motivation levels are always up. For me, badminton did the wonders that gym couldn't.

Neeraj Sharma
I embarked upon this journey after failing numerous times 3 months back. I have lost 4 inches around my waist and have lost 10 kgs in the last 3 months. I still binge eat once a while but that's fine if you choose to have healthy meals the rest of the time.
I've not been following a diet plan as such; but I think I can definitely start paying more attention to what I eat. I think eating almonds daily is definitely something I can do.

Thank you once again for starting this. Much needed by everyone. Would love to hear from other CEans.

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