Modern life calls on us to be in demand, in contact and on the go at all times. While many people thrive in this hectic environment, others strive to keep up, and some simply struggle to keep alive. Maybe the last one is a bit drastic, but the point remains pertinent; remaining healthy and fit while trying to stay afloat in your career and active in your social life can be tough. So, we’re here to help. Here are 4 IDEAL staying fit strategies for those with busy lifestyles.

DO MORE ON FOOT

When you take stock of how you move from A to B, especially in the city, you’ll realise how often you drive or take public transport somewhere which is easily walkable. Consider walking to a client meeting that’s down the street, taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the tube a stop early and walking at lunchtime instead of sitting at your desk. It’s really beneficial, healthwise, to take in an adequate amount of steps each day to burn enough calories to keep the weight off, and such an approach saves money on an expensive gym membership, too. It’s as simple as being aware of your current habits and slipping in more steps whenever – and wherever – possible.

MEET A GOAL BEFORE WORK

One way to keep you on top of getting your daily exercise is to come up with a routine. Make working out the first task you tackle in the morning, and you’ll feel great about yourself for the rest of the day. You can try different things like early morning gardening. It will help you relax and you can do some exercising while using the leaf blower or cutting the grass. So many things that can be done around the house.  It won’t be hanging over your head as a to-do, and you’ll find you have more natural energy throughout your working week. Exercise won’t get in the way of meetings or plans you schedule after business hours, and it’ll give you a reason not to stay out too late each night. Perfect, then.

CLEANSE AND DE CLUTTER

Cleansing of the body and soul, reducing both toxins and toxic distractions, will get you to your fighting weight and fighting mentality. A health cleanse using shakes, supplements and proper guidance may seem a commitment, but the results are impressive. Use a program like www.nutritionalcleanse.co.uk to guide you through the process properly, safely and helping you receive the full benefits. Cleanse your cupboards of junk food too, and your work space of clutter, to improve focus and concentration.

WEEKEND MEAL PREP

Though you may want to dedicate your weekend to brunches, lunches and generally wringing every last drop of fun out of things, take advantage of the free time by going to local markets, shopping locally and healthily, and prepping your lunches and dinners for the following week. This will make it easy for you to grab a nutritious lunch and snacks on your way out the door and you won’t have much work to do when you get home each night either. You could also purchase some snacks to go with your workouts from Muscle RageAll it takes is a little pre-planning, and you’ll be on your way to eating healthier and consuming fewer unhealthy calories.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.