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Fit Tips for Busy Professionals

By Peter Besnard (UniActive Fitness Instructor)

Our very own Peter from UniActive runs through some key tips to keep fit and healthy as a busy professional!

  • Plan and prep meals: Dedicate some time each week to plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks. Batch cooking on weekends or evenings can save time during busy weekdays and help you avoid relying on unhealthy convenience foods or takeout.
  • Stay hydrated: Keep a water bottle at your desk and aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and decreased cognitive function, so staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining focus and productivity.
  • Schedule breaks: Incorporate short breaks into your work day to rest and recharge. Use these breaks to stretch, take a brisk walk, or practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress and improve mental clarity.
  • Prioritize sleep: Make sleep a priority and aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and create a sleep-friendly environment free from distractions to promote restful sleep and optimise productivity during waking hours.
  • Move more throughout the day: Find opportunities to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, even if you have a sedentary job. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, stand or walk during phone calls and schedule short exercise breaks to keep your body moving and combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
  • Practice mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or brief moments of reflection into your day to manage stress and improve mental well-being. Even just a few minutes of mindfulness can help you stay centered and focused amidst a hectic schedule.
  • Set boundaries: Learn to say no to non-essential tasks or commitments that can overwhelm your schedule and detract from your well-being. Setting boundaries and prioritizing tasks based on importance can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance and prevent burnout.
  • Stay connected: Maintain social connections with friends, family, and colleagues to foster a sense of belonging and support. Regular social interactions can boost mood, reduce stress, and contribute to overall happiness and well-being.
  • Seek professional help when needed: Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you’re struggling with your physical or mental health. Whether it’s consulting with a nutritionist, seeking guidance from a therapist, or scheduling a check-up with your healthcare provider, investing in your health is always worth it.

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