7 tips for the Health Conscious Young Professional
By Jack Curtis
Although its cold and it might not feel like it, the first day of summer is only 13 weeks away. Here are my 7 health tips for the busy young professional. Use to get ahead of the game when it comes to getting in shape for the summer season:
1 Write the answers down to these three questions: What do you want by summer? Why do you want that? Why is that important to you? This is going to be your go to reminder of why you started being more conscious of your health at the start of the year. It’s going to provide you that little push when you may need it and ultimately it will help give you direction in the build up to summer.
2 Set a short term goal each week. This will give you’re efforts a focus right now and help you to develop the habits you need to really take charge of your health. Its all the small steps that add up in achieving your long term goal.
3 Buy yourself a decent size bottle, 500ml-1litre. Buy a nice one if you like, the whole office may well follow suit (see what I did there..). Keep this in your bag/at your desk and as soon as it runs out, fill it up again. Aim to drink 3 litres a day and keep a tally at your desk if you find visual aids work well.
4 Plan ahead. On whichever day suits you best, Sunday perhaps, have a look at your schedule for the week. Draw up a rough plan for what meals you will eat throughout each day and when you will exercise. The following week, review your previous week and do the same thing. This can be a powerful tool in realising what works for you and what perhaps doesn’t work so well.This can also help you avoid falling into some of the traps that we all too often fall in to.
(4.5.) If this happens, don’t worry. Its human to do these things, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Review your days/week, and plan for the next.
5 Buy in bulk. Buying food in bulk will take the hassle out of all those mid week trips to the take away. Preparation is strong when willpower begins to falter. Ordering in food also takes away the temptations of supermarkets, especially if you go shopping after work when cravings are usually highest.
6 Invest in a slow cooker, if you don’t already have one. These are marvellous inventions and can make your life a hell of a lot easier. Before work chuck in a load of veg, a joint of meat (or a few tins of beans if you’re going for the veggie option), stock, herbs and spices and leave to slowly cook away while your hard at work. This way you’ll have a great nutritious option for a meal as soon as you get in the door.
7 You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. Many young professionals often feel as if they don’t have time to go to the gym, so commit to something small to start with. If you are genuinely short on time, circuits, intervals and HIIT can allow you to get a great workout in 30 minutes or less.
Whilst I have only been working at Storm a few weeks I am close to fully booked, I have space for one more client. If you’re intent on getting in shape and would like a hand please drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org