Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Working a manual labor job

So I am back in the field as an archaeologist, digging.

I am wondering how to re-adjust my life now that my job involves heavy/hard activity.

Since September, my job has involved sitting or maybe standing to teach, very low activity. So I was putting in a lot of cardio and strength training time on my own time.

But today, wow. Digging holes through rocks and roots, carrying equipment, etc etc. On my feet all day, usually digging or shaking the screen (through which we screen the dirt). My shoulders are BURNING, my heart rate went up several times throughout the day. I sure as hell don't feel like working out after that.

Does anyone out there have any experience with this?

I don't want to NOT work out, but I am not sure how it fits into my life now. I swam for a while after work, to get a little softer activity in. But lifting weights doesn't seem in the cards.

This sudden life change is one of those times I need to be vigilant, to make sure I don't back-track. I don't want to over-eat while traveling, or over-estimate how much I burn at work.

I need to keep an eye on things. But thought I would see if anyone has any advice!


  1. Why is lifting weight out?

  2. My completely amateur opinion is to continue to work out as much as you reasonably can, concentrating on full body/compound moves and functional training (exercise that mimics real life moves like lifting boxes overhead, digging, squatting, etc) to strengthen the stabilizer muscles that support the major muscles you'll be using to do your archaeological work. Maybe throw in core exercises, yoga type stuff and some LISS or HIIT cardio as time allows. And of course keep eating awesome foods and stay hydrated! :)

  3. I'd listen to your body. Maybe do some lower impact stuff until you adjust to your new lifestyle and then add back in the weights. Have you thought about those fitbits or whatever they're called? They can keep track of how many calories you're burning throughout the day so you know how much you need to work out at night.

  4. Eventually you will adjust to your new activity level. Then, I agree with Norma, throw in some HIIT stuff, full body weight exercises (squats, push ups, etc.). The higher the intensity, the less time is needed. Pretty soon, you'll be ready to run marathons after your workday. :) if you need a good place to start, check out ZWOW on YouTube. Zuzana light is amazing!