Scott Colby (@ScottColby) is fitness & nutrition expert and coach based in Colorado. In recent years he’s moved from being a traditional personal trainer to being an online entrepreneur, creating the Fit For Photos workout and nutrition course.

This conversation focuses on issues relating to health and wellness specifically aimed at creative professionals. We discuss the effects of deadlines, studio culture, and stress on creativity and energy. Scott shares some tips for dieting and how to structure a morning routine that aide productivity, energy, and ideas.

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  • Scott created the Fit For Photos coaching program, and also runs fitness adventure holidays
  • His earlier niche was “abs”, where he was blogging as “The Abs Expert”
  • Typical ailments that affect office workers: extended sitting, stress, late eating, greasy/convenience food, lack of sunlight, obsession

“Your health has to come first before your other big dreams.”

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“Nutrition will affect how you feel during the day.”

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Tools

Techniques

  • Schedule times during the day to get outside, away from your desk
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique (50/10 as Scott prefers) to take mandatory breaks
  • Remove processed sugar; replace with a green smoothie
  • Schedule time to eat! Especially useful if you’re an obsessive person who loses track
  • Experiment with a “Digital Detox” during your day
  • Avoid deli meat which contains a lot of nitrates
  • Keep raw nuts or fruit in the office, especially when plans change suddenly
  • Change your setting to stimulate creativity; go outside, listen to a podcast, try silence

Habits

  • Reduce the amount of sugar you eat during the day
  • Confessing your struggles (eg, chocolate) is the first step to addressing them
  • Plan ahead to eliminate simply reacting
  • Opt for single-ingredient foods, where the only ingredient is the thing itself
  • Build a relaxation or meditation practice (even two minutes)
  • Practice S.A.V.E.R.S. (Scribing, Affirmation, Visualisation, Exercise, Reading, Silence) in the morning

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Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 17+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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