The average lawyer has a bad diet to go along with their demanding and highly stressful lifestyle.
It starts with late night document reviews with free Chinese food or pizza. It continues with free donuts to get you there early and even free snacks so you don’t leave the office until you have no other choice.
Combine this with hours spent sitting at your desk, and it is why many law firms are making their attorneys fat. Smart lawyers force themselves to stick to a healthy diet and workout regime.
The best attorneys choose a diet that fuels them through their workout and through the day. Let’s learn how a smart lawyer eats before and after a workout.
Eat Healthy Snacks Around the Time of Your Workout
Don’t grab a candy bar to reward yourself for spending an hour at the gym. Have a protein bar instead. Look for low sugar, moderate carb and ideally high protein foods to eat a few hours before an evening workout.
Think cheese, almonds, and bananas instead of bagels, donuts, and gummy bears.
A malpractice lawyer has added reason to eat healthy and present healthy snacks to the team. You’re well aware of the responsibility you have to foster healthy choices in others.
Attorneys are expected to work sixty-hour work weeks, and some clock more than seventy hours a week regularly. They may try to power through the day by drinking coffee and energy drinks throughout the day. This dehydrates you.
It can cause all kinds of problems if you try to go for a long walk on your lunch break or hit the gym after work. The solution is to stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you drink dehydrating beverages.
For example, grab an orange juice to go with a cup of coffee. Drink water instead of energy drinks in the afternoon, and drink plenty of water before and after your workout. This has the side benefit of helping you to quickly get to sleep at night.
Attorneys are at risk of bad choices due to their stressful lifestyle, often excused as something to relieve the stress.
The ABA did a study that found just over a third of lawyers engage in hazardous drinking.
They’re at increased risk of alcohol dependence. If you want to stay healthy, don’t drink a beer at the end of your workout or relax with two glasses of wine at the end of the day. And go to the gym instead of going out for a drink with friends to burn off stress.
Eat Healthy Meals Regularly
It doesn’t matter if you work out before heading to the office, on your lunch break, or at the end of the day. Eat healthy meals regularly. Don’t skip breakfast, eat a heavy lunch, and expect to do well at the gym.
Don’t snack throughout the day and expect to have the energy for an hour at the gym, either. Having regularly scheduled meals has other benefits, as well. You won’t suffer a blood sugar crash that leaves you craving unhealthy snacks.
Clearly, the impact of health and well being on a professional lawyer is critical. The best attorneys choose a diet that fuels them through their workout and through the day. Take these key points into your daily life and see your professional career thrive!
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