We understand that the day-to-day life of a teacher can be more difficult than many imagine. Hopefully, this humorous take on health and fitness for teachers will brighten your day!
It’s not easy to be a dedicated teacher and keep off those unwanted pounds. Here are 5 (satirical) tips on health and fitness for the busy educator!
1. Consume fewer calories than you burn:
Skip breakfast – this one should be pretty easy right? You have to get up at 5 a.m. and out the door at 5:30, so breakfast is usually just a longing glance at the fridge as you rush out. You can’t be late for the student’s arrival – plus, there are still papers to grade because you didn’t have them all finished at 11pm last night!
Since you have anywhere from 2-5 minutes for a leisurely lunch, you should try to stick with things that don’t need refrigeration and can be consumed through a straw.
Increased student/teacher ratios have undiscovered calorie-burning benefits! As you walk around to 30 or 40 desks to check progress and answer questions, think of the extra mileage you’re putting in!
2. Incorporate resistance training:
Resistance is part of the job! You regularly push back against those who aren’t focused on your students’ learning. You butt heads and lift up your students. You pretty much have resistance training down. Amplify the effect by trying to flex your abs during parent teacher conferences.
3. Try high intensity cardio:
You’re 50 yards from a bathroom, and you have 45 seconds before class starts. The full out sprint there and back should get your heart rate into the fat-burning zone! Try to repeat more than once a day.
4. Cut the carbs:
Refined carbohydrates and sugar cause your blood sugar to spike, leaving you groggy, unfocused, and grumpy. Why should you get to act like your students!?!? Instead, eat lots of veggies and be the only person in the room who isn’t napping.
5. Get plenty of rest.
Sleeping in isn’t an option, so the best you can do is get to bed early. As early as you can after staying late at school, caring for your family, grading papers, and fielding “emergency” parent emails……you know what? Forget it – just book a hotel room for the two weeks out of the summer you’re not working and try to sleep that entire time. Many hotel chains offer teacher discounts, and don’t forget to hang out the do-not-disturb sign!
Hydration is important. You get extra credit for this, as it really ramps up your high intensity sprints to the bathroom!
We hope these tips made you chuckle. At California Casualty, we appreciate how difficult it can be for teachers, which is why we created our Academic Award. You can win $2,500 for your classroom, just click here to enter.