Londoners can have a pretty tough time staying on top of their health. When you’re rushing around all day, it’s easier to grab a carb-heavy takeaway than cook a healthy meal, when you’re working long hours, the thought of hitting the gym probably fills you with dread, and when you’re dealing with the morning commute, grabbing a tall coffee is just so much easier than having a proper breakfast. But a few easy steps can help you take control of your health and fitness – by just making some minor changes to your daily routine, you can come out on top.
1. Get some organisation
Not all of us have the time to constantly hit the shops and stock up on fresh fruit and veg, or have the energy to cook a time-consuming meal at the end of the day. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a takeaway – simply plan ahead and keep your fridge/freezer well stocked. Take out one day a month to cook a few healthy dinners in advance, and freeze them in portion-sized packs. Bingo – instant healthy ready meal!
2. Short on time? Blend!
While the caffeine boost on your morning commute might perk you up, ultimately it doesn’t do your health much good. A quick and easy alternative for breakfast is a healthy blended smoothie. Pack extra punch into with a variety of ingredients – nuts, spirulina, kale, spinach, apple, peanut butter… the list is endless. Just zap it in a blender and it’ll keep you going all day.
3. Don’t neglect your body’s needs
When we don’t eat right, our bodies are at risk of becoming deficient in nutrients. A good supplement can help you stay healthy – the Maxitone shop has a great range of options to choose from. You don’t need a whole cocktail of pills – just pick a good all in one combo of vitamins and minerals to give your body the support it needs.
4. Swap the bus for a bike
Small changes can make a big difference. While you might not have the time to go to a gym, making minor modifications to your routine can help you to work in some more activity. Why not swap the bus to work for a Boris bike? The exercise will boost endorphins, making you feel better as well as healthier – and will make Monday mornings a lot more bearable!
5. Try an early start
If you feel like you’re always running out of time, make more of it. Try getting up a little earlier and take a relaxed approach to getting ready for the day. Start each morning with a glass of hot water with a slice of lemon – it’s refreshing and will help detoxify you too. Do some gentle stretches, or just read. The slow morning pace will help you feel less stressed, and better prepared to take on the day ahead.