Three Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

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Personal trainer Matt Richardson gives some useful tips on how to keep fit while balancing a busy life…

It’s easy to claim that we are too busy to stay in shape. To visit a gym. To eat healthily.

These things seem arduous when we are working full time; when the working day has ended we just want to go home and relax with family. There’s nothing wrong with that.

That being said. We shouldn’t sacrifice our health in the name of work. We can take small steps to improve our lifestyle.

Sure, we may not become professional athletes, but we can make little changes that will help us shape up for summer, feel more active and live a healthier life.

Goal Setting is the first step. Have a defined goal. Lose 2lbs a week, get to the gym twice a week, walk or cycle to work twice a week. The goal is subjective. It should be specific and something that you want to achieve. At this time of year, you may be looking to get in shape for summer. Set yourself a short, achievable goal that is a stepping stone to your ultimate goal. Health and fitness, like business, requires goals to maximise efficiency. Your goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Set yourself some goals and beat them!

Preparation is the second step and takes many different forms. Again, this is specific to you. Your goal is to attend the gym twice a week. Good preparation for this goal would be to keep a gym bag in your car. You get a flyer one day? Hit the gym on the way home. Returning home after work then heading out again takes an incredible amount of self-motivation. If you make it part of your day, it will feel like a lot of effort at first but it will become easier as it becomes part of your routine. Preparation is also key to healthy eating. If you want to clean up your diet, take some pre-prepared food to work with you. You could even cook up your dinner for the entire week on a Sunday night. You’ll then know you always have some healthy food ready to go. It will help avoid the temptation of eating unhealthily because it’s often easier. Planning and preparing your meals is the most effective way to keep track of a healthy diet.

Last, but by no means least, is Motivation. We all have different goals, but they are OUR goals. We also all have our barriers. If you have the motivation you can overcome all the barriers that stand in your way. To keep yourself motivated you need to consider your goals and how much you really want them. They are within reach if you can motivate yourself to do it. If you’re not motivated, re-evaluate your goals.

A busy life can be detrimental to our health. There are 168 hours in a week you only need to set aside three or four hours towards reaching your health and fitness goals.

You’ll achieve them much faster than you’d imagine!

Matt Richardson


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