Finding balance is hard. You’re busy, you’re tired and you’re stressed, but does trying to function on 5 hours of broken sleep, fueling your day with caffeine and sugar then spending what little down time you have flaked out on the couch mindlessly watching TV sound like balance to you? Nailing perfect nutrition, training, rest and recovery may not be realistic but taking small steps to implement the following may just get you closer to health and happiness than you think!
- Drink more water
Easy, right? Not for some. It’s one of the issues I see time and time again during consultations; clients drinking too little water and too much coffee/tea/juice/Lucozade…
Proper hydration is fundamental to helping your body function at an optimal level.
Aim for 2 litres a day to start. Buy yourself a bottle and keep it with you at work, in the car, in the gym. Start your day with hot water and lemon and aim to have a glass of water every time you have a meal.
- Exercise 30 mins every day
This doesn’t mean you have to be busting a gut lifting in the gym or performing max interval sprints every day. Again, start small – cycle to work, get outside at lunch and walk, take the stairs…it all counts, just aim to do better.
In the gym or at home; learn the fundamental movements, practise good form, stretch, breathe, set goals and write them down, improve and progress.
- Eat your vegetables
Eat vegetables with every meal. Eat vegetables of varying colours, textures, origins…try something new and fancy (cauliflower rice? Courgetti?) or go back to childhood favourites (Brussels sprouts anyone?). Fill your plate with nutrient dense food and notice yourself cutting down on the crap, processed food.
Often overlooked but undoubtedly essential.
Repair happens when we sleep. Aim for 8 hours a night. Sound unrealistic? Get organised…could you put aside time in the evening to make your breakfast/lunch, pack your bag for the morning or sort out tomorrow’s outfit? Could you forsake that last hour of TV and go to bed earlier? Your body will thank you.
Try to “unplug” yourself and hour before bed, put the phone/iPad/laptop away, turn off the TV and unwind naturally.
Make the time to do something that makes you happy and spend quality time with those you love. De-stress, be active, laugh, move, explore. Take time to smell the roses and to remember what life is really all about.