Isn’t it easier to grab food or order delivery when you work 9-5? And where do you find time to go to the gym? Fitting in a healthy lifestyle can seem seriously hard, but actually, if you compromise, it’s easier than ever! I’m trying extra hard to be healthy since the holidays are coming up and I usually eat everything that’s offered to me, but it sometimes seems impossible when you work all week – here are a few things I’m trying to do every day to fit being healthy around my job.
Upgrade your meal prep technique
Diet is apparently responsible for 80-90% of your success or failure when trying to be healthy. And meal prep isn’t always fun, either. You can subscribe to a service like Hello Fresh that will send fresh ingredients to you, or you can prepare meals that can be made in bulk.
We also swear by a Veggetti – which is a genius way to store your vegetables. If you do it on a Sunday evening and make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time, your lunch/dinner double up is a breeze. If you have Tupperware with separate compartments, you can prepare your meals for weeks.
I created a spreadsheet of my meals and stuck it to the fridge, which, while being a little OTT, really helped to know what ingredients I had and what I needed to make.
Go green in the office
Alongside your lunch, make sure you’ve got some dissolvable supplements to fizz away in a cup of water during the day. We pass around our green supplements in the office, they’re perfect for banishing stress and giving you a boost from the inside out. They’re a lot cheaper than juices but contain all the nutrition you need, and create a delicious juice in under one minute!
If an office workout isn’t for you, make time for your workout and stick to it. Some people get up at 6am to go to the gym, no excuses. If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is. The horrible truth is sitting on your butt from 9 to 5 every day isn’t good for your body, and besides having an unexpected jog around the office, you really need some scheduled exercise time.
Aim to hit 10,000 steps a day. 10,000 steps a day is the fastest way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss. You can get off the bus a few stops earlier to hit this on the way home or try for 5,000 steps in the morning and 5,000 steps in the evening.
Obviously, there are a ton of pedometer apps that will help you count that, but you’ll see a huge change with minimal effort. Not only will you be more energized in the morning, but you’ll start to get in shape and feel like you haven’t even done anything!
Change your attitude
In the office, when we talk about balancing being healthy with work, I’m always tempted to say there’s not enough time. It’s easier to grab a fizzy drink than to make an energy boosting smoothie on a Sunday night and freeze it.
But here’s the kicker – the best Monday you’ll ever have takes some preparation on Sunday. Studies have shown that regular exercise can increase brain activity and performance – so there’s really no excuse! Look forward to your gym visits instead of dreading them.
Be enthusiastic about it – you’re working on yourself!
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