Besides a recent drastic change in my location, there has also been a significant change in my activity levels (i.e. they have decreased significantly).
It has been a shock to the system going from being on my feet for 8 to 10 hours a day, to now being on my backside for 8 hours a day. Nearly 2 months in and I’ve made little changes that have really helped me.
- LUNCHTIME WALK
A trap I fell into during the first few weeks was spending my whole lunch hour sitting at my desk idly browsing on my computer. 3 o’clock would roll around and I’d find myself fidgeting in my chair and struggling to concentrate.
Move when you can. For me that means for at least 45 minutes of walking at lunchtime: headphones in, trainers on and no looking at screens.
I’m lucky as the office I work in is right next to the river so you can feel immersed in nature even though you’re in a city. I always smile to myself when I see the same men and women in suits (wearing their Nikes) doing exactly the same thing. Must work then?
River or no river go and pound the pavements for at least 30 minutes, your body and brain will thank you for it.
2. Drink, drink, drink
Obviously by this I mean water, unless it’s been a particularly taxing day!
I have a large bottle of water that I’m constantly filling up and this way I know roughly how much I have (or haven’t drunk). Conversely, to get more steps in, drink out of a small glass and then you’ll have to keep getting up to fill it up, but make sure you do!
3. Hourly breaks
This tip is more for your brain and helping productivity. Remember all the way through school and university being told that the best way to revise was to work solidly for an hour and then have a ten minute break? Well why not carry on doing this at work?
Nobody can concentrate for hours on end and maintain the same level of productivity.
4. Healthy lunch
Eat whole foods that are going to stabilise your blood sugar and keep you satisfied for hours after. Everyone is different but my lunch almost exclusively always consists of the following:
Leafy greens (kale, rocket, spinach, mixed salad leaves)
Vegetables (salad, broccoli, green beans, courgette, carrot etc.)
Carbohydrate (brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, white potato)
Protein source (beans, lentils, chickpeas)
Something I’ve found saves a lot of time is making double of whatever I have for dinner and putting half in a container and having it for lunch the next day. Who says you have to eat salad or sandwiches for lunch?
I made this salad for lunch today and doubled it up and have the other half ready for work tomorrow.
These are all meals that I’ve made recently and taken the other half with me to work.
If you need more inspiration then I’ve recently created a foodie Instagram account @newlyplantbasedgirl – go check it out!
5. Make the most of the weekend
I’m not going to be Miss-All-High-and-Mighty and pretend that every weekend without fail I’m out and about doing things. Some weekends the weather is less than inspiring and all I want to do is hibernate at home.
As a general rule I try and go for a nice long walk, do some yoga or go shopping (a more expensive form of cardio) every weekend.