According to research, FIFO workers are significantly more likely to be overweight than other workers. But food is not the only contributing factor. Irregular hours, shifting locations and variable sleep patterns play havoc with their health. Add to this mix the boredom factor and the stats aren’t too surprising. So, what to do?
Try to be mindful of onsite habits.
- Don’t routinely use the mess for meals. When you do eat in the mess, be mindful of that enticing, but lethal, fatty smell as you enter. Use it as a reminder to choose the healthier option – high fibre foods, salads, veggies.
- Be conscious of how you feel. If you’re full, don’t head for the dessert bar.
- Leave with something healthy for breakfast or lunch – sandwiches, wraps, fruit – so you can avoid the mess altogether for some meals.
- Be aware of snacking habits and have some healthy options at hand to avoid eating junk
- Be conscious that ‘home time’ doesn’t mean relapsing. Instead continue your healthy routine but in familiar surroundings. Enjoy meals out and socialising but don’t over-indulge – particularly with alcohol!
There’s a difference between working hard and exercising.
- Create a routine to burn off excess energy at the end of each day. A run or gym session will not only benefit your health but improve your sleep and mental health too.
- Not a gym fan? Try finding one piece of equipment that you do like. Use your phone to listen to a podcast to overcome your boredom – it’s a surprisingly addictive combination and will stop you mindlessly scrolling.
- Rope in some mates and make exercise your group challenge.
Make a commitment to your health and well-being and stick to it.
Remember, if you fall off the horse, get right back on and learn to love the ride. Your body, your mind and your loved ones will thank you for it.