Soooooo I’m going to be addressing a bit of an Elephant in the Room here, but have you measured your waistline lately?
Now before you scramble for the DELETE or unsubscribe button, the reason why I’m raising awareness around this topic is that my entire Healthy Shift Worker philosophy has always been about sharing stuff that people don’t necessarily want to hear, but need to.
Quite simply, I care about your health, and want you to be the healthiest version of yourself possible.
That being said, I’d be pretty safe to say that most people would have answered with a “no’ to a waistline check, so don’t take it personally if you can resonate!
But let’s get back to your waistline, and why its circumference is important.
Without a shadow of a doubt, our lifestyles are the chief determinant in how long we live.
The daily, weekly, monthly and yearly accumulation of behaviours including what we eat, watch, read, whom we hang out with all the way to how much we move … all play an instrumental role in how healthy we are right now.
These things are pretty much common sense – yet astonishingly, have been completely missing from all public health care policies worldwide at a time when its been needed the most.
But let’s face it. There have been a truckload of inconsistencies over the last 11-months.
This week we’re heading all the way to Germany to chat with Michael Wieden, the founder of Aliamos, a company that works with organisations to improve the health and well-being of employees by taking into consideration the unique biological rhythms of individuals.
Things we discuss:
1. What is chronobiology, and why is it important for shift workers to understand its significance? 2. What are chronotypes and how do they influence our ability to work specific shifts? 3. How incorporating plant-based food options into workplace canteens is improving the health of employees. 4. Why the mindset of the employer is key in rolling out successful health and wellbeing programs.
In today’s episode, we discuss this exact topic with Roger Sutherland who has been a police officer for over 35 years, and is part of an emergency services family with a son, daughter and partner who also work 24/7.
Some of the things that we discuss include:
Roger’s heart-warming story of how he wanted to become a police officer since he was 2-years old.
Some of the health struggles he faced later in his career including being crippled in pain from Sacroiliitis, and what he did to overcome it.
How years of poor dietary choices, sedentary behaviour and undervaluing his sleep would have been a contributing factor in the development of his poor health and chronic pain.
What made the most significant change in his health when he began to prioritise it?
What is LISS training, and how it has helped him to incorporate exercise and movement into his lifestyle, without adding additional stress to his body – especially when on the night shift.
How a shift in mindset played a pivotal role in helping him to transition from being an unhealthy shift worker, to one that is now healthy.