‘What’s her secret?’
That question is often asked of the fit and healthy. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, and I’m more than certain you’ve asked it once or twice too (I know I have). But is there really a secret?
If you’re reading this I’m sure you’ve already figured out that there’s not some secret magic pill that gives Kayla Itsines her rock hard abs, or Sam Briggs her engine. No, it’s simply down to a good work ethic and a thirst to succeed.
Read on for my Top 10 not-so-secrets:
I’m one of those annoying people who have a hard time relaxing and can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes. I have a free evening and think to myself, right – this is my chance to unwind, I’ll get home, walk the dog and do a quick clean and cook before plonking myself on the sofa with a magazine, some treats and my favourite film BUT before I know it, it’s 10pm and I’ve managed to sit for all of 5minutes, instead I’ve blogged, baked, emailed, worked and generally stressed myself out even further. Yes even the things that should be relaxing and enjoyable become stressful. I often put too much pressure on myself to be achieving and even when I’m physically relaxing, my mind is in knots, thinking about how I can progress at work, at Crossfit, in rehearsals and generally, how I can be a better person. Sounds exhausting right?!
Stress is our bodies way of protecting itself, when we feel threatened we get stressed, encouraging adrenaline and increasing our cortisol levels. This triggers the bodies ‘fight or flight’ mode which makes us more alert – your heart rate and breathing increases, muscles tighten and your blood pressure rises. Yes, stress isn’t all bad – it helps to keep us on our toes and avoid danger should we need to… the problem is, we often don’t!
So with a busy month ahead, I’ve taken it upon myself to take time out every day to de-stress (or at least to try!). Here’s how:
We all know that the standard office is not the healthiest of environments, and a full 8 hours with little to no movement can lead you to form some unhealthy habits. What with the snacking peer pressure, the lack of movement, the constant need for a caffeine fix and not to mention Friday night team drinks. And I’m not letting the self-employed off here; working from the sofa (or god forbid the bed), sat on a stool in Starbucks or up working late to meet deadlines.
Don’t worry though – there are things you can do to make the day job a healthier and happier place to be. Here’s my Top Tips to staying healthy in the office…