In a previous blog, we gave you 3 Tips That Make Trade School Easier, which included some information about exercising and eating healthy.
Physical fitness is an important part of your future job as an electrician. As a result, it’s best to start and maintain a workout regimen before and during trade school. We’ve provided 7 tips for you to incorporate into your new training schedule.
1. Increase Your Core and Back Strength
As an electrician, you’re going to spend a lot of time on your feet. It can do a number on your back over time. To prevent pulling a back muscle, do lunges, planks, hip bridges, and leg lifts daily. These weight-bearing exercises will increase your core strength and make your hips and lower back more flexible.
2. Work on Your Arms and Legs to Improve Lifting
Electrical work requires a lot of heavy lifting. You might literally use your arms to lift something, but you’re actually using your leg strength to hoist. Keep your arms and legs strong by scheduling time to squat and benchpress two or three times a week.
3. Stretch for Five Minutes Before and After Work
Yoga might not be your thing. If you’d rather hit the gym than do a downward-facing dog, set up five minutes before you go to work and five minutes after you come home to stretch.
As an electrician, you’ll need to fit into tight spaces. That means you need to stay limber. Start stretching, and you’ll notice a difference in your flexibility almost immediately.
4. Avoid Drinking Stimulants on the Job
Job sites have a seemingly endless supply of coffee available to you. Some co-workers pack cans of Red Bull, Monster, and other energy drinks to keep them going during a long day.
Limit your coffee intake to the morning, and avoid consuming energy drinks altogether. These stimulants will mess with your sleeping and cause you major highs and lows throughout the day. To maintain your energy, eat small amounts of protein during your work day.
5. Allocate Time After Work for Recovery
Recovery is a crucial part of sustaining your physical health. So many blue collar workers go straight from work to their couch at home without giving recovery a second thought.
Schedule 45 minutes to 1 hour to rest every day after work, and use it to stretch and relax. Eat a small recovery meal, packed with protein, as soon as you finish working. It may be best to leave it in your car, and eat it before you drive home. Drink some water to rehydrate your body.
6. Stop (or Moderate) Your Bad Habits
It’s tempting take a smoke break or grab drinks after work with your co-workers. It’s also, unfortunately, pretty detrimental to your health. Smoking negatively impacts your cardiovascular health, which you need to be in tip-top shape for long days on the job.
Drinking in moderation isn’t tremendously impactful to your health. However, if you spend most of your evening throwing back beers with your friends, then you’re adding unnecessary calories, disrupting your sleep, and misusing time you could be recovering from work.
7. Get Enough Sleep, No Matter What
Sleep is one of the most commonly overlooked elements of physical fitness. It’s also one of the most important. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep, and go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekend. Without enough sleep, you can be too groggy to perform you job efficiently.
If you follow these tips and work on your fitness, you will be better prepared for your upcoming career as an electrician. This job requires good physical condition all day, every day. Long hours and long stretches of work aren’t uncommon. In order to optimize your performance on the job, start improving your physical fitness during trade school and maintain as you transition to becoming a full-time electrician.
For more information about becoming an electrician, contact HVAC Technical Institute.