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    Health and Fitness

    Gentleman of KKF BOH,

    I've met a few folks who seem to have given a lasting impression on me in regards to this topic. Despite the fact that they work long hours in very hard jobs--ranging from the bottom of the line to the top toque in the kitchen--yet still find the motivation and energy to stay in excellent physical condition outside of work. I have a sneaking suspicion that a few folks like that may be hanging out around here. Plus, I'm also thinking that those who don't exercise are at some point examining their eating/drinking/etc habits and have some contributions to make to this discussion.

    So I would like to pose the following question: what do you do to stay in shape despite a demanding career? Jogging, weightlifting, or even yoga? Or do you feel that the job can be demanding enough--one should just limit the booze, fatty food, and whatever other guilty pleasures they may enjoy that may have a negative effect on the body. How hard is it to really maintain a workout routine outside of the kitchen?

    I'm curious to see everyone's ideas on this subject. I am willing to bet there is a wide range of opinions out there.

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    I go to bed super early (8-9), get up at 3 am, stretch + bicycle crunches to exhaustion, elliptical inside or run outside weather permitting for 20 min, heavy dumbbell curls until exhaustion. All done before work so I can relax after service....seems to work for me. Good topic.

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    To be honest I wouldn't exactly say many of my co-workers are in great shape, but I like to think I am in pretty good condition despite working long hours. My diet is not great but it sorta comes with the territory, never knowing when you're gonna have time to eat, most days I only eat once whether I'm working or not.

    For exercise I do a lot of bodyweight stuff when I come home from work just before I go to bed. Pressups, Situps, Squats, Leg Lifts, Burpees that sort of thing. It isn't exactly scientific stuff but it works for me. I do Brazilian Ju-Jitsu as well so basically I need to be pretty fit so it's a good motivation. I used to go running down the coast where I live in the mornings which was great and I used to enjoy it but I have basically lost the ability to get up that early in the morning now Everyone is different, I exercise at night, other people prefer the mornings, it all depends on you

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    I am pretty big into fitness and good dieting, most of the time. It just depends on what kind of fitness level you want to achieve, but basically you should do a few weights to build muscle mass and some cardio to reduce fat. If time is short check out some complexes (circuits) and if you can use weight during them for a 15 minute calorie burning fest. Also there is this program called crossfit, if you're the type that needs motivation it is excellent, but it can range in price and some places it is just expensive while others not so much.

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    How are your knees doing after some years in the kitchen?

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    I swim 3 days a week, take a 3km run every morning before work, tennis on my off day and do 3 marathons a year. Crunches and push-ups are sorta a daily routine after my run. I also try to limit what I consume although I do let go once in a while. Basically that keeps me pretty much in shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanusInTheGarden View Post
    How are your knees doing after some years in the kitchen?
    Knees are sorta shaky but the main problem is my lower back... Gotta see a specialist soon lol.

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    The worst injury/pain I have is in my shoulders and elbows from BJJ. I started washing dishes before I worked in the kitchen so my back and knees and all that are totally fine

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    Back problems + pilates...equals good!

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    My back got bad enough where I could not longer run without pain. I took a year off and then started running on my forefoot. No more back pain.

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