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Being too busy and staying healthy …. It is possible

With the days getting shorter and the nights longer, it may already feel that there's not enough time in the day to stay healthy! If we're working long hours and spending a lot of time commuting as well, it can seem even harder! So what can we do?

Staying healthy at work We spend a lot of our lives at work, so making sure we eat healthily while we're there is important! It’s easy to step-out and buy a sandwich and some crisps or skip lunch altogether... so how about you bring your own lunch? Most workplaces have a microwave and you can reheat a soup or anything you have batched-prepared.

The most important thing is that you don’t skip lunch, as the next thing you might end up doing is heading for the cookie jar in the afternoon.

Keep moving… If you have the option to use a standing desk, you'll burn around 50 more calories than sitting down. And be sure to take the stairs not the lift the next time you need to go up to the accounts department! The benefits of fresh air can't be underestimated either. Getting away from your desk is not only a much-needed screen break, but you'll get some physical exercise and some vitamin D as well.

Keep some time to keep fit both physically and mentally Consistency is key when it comes to exercise. If you have a super-busy schedule, it's important to realise that you don't need to exercise every day. It's about finding a routine that works for you. Quick exercises at home where you don't need lots of equipment – resistance bands, kettle bell, or lunges – mean you don't have to spend time and money travelling to the gym. Just getting up 20 minutes earlier means you'll make time for a quick routine.

Take time to do some deep breathing exercises throughout the day and make sure you relax your neck and shoulders. How often do you find yourself with shoulders raised and tight? Consciously pull your shoulders back and you will soon realise you open your ribcage for better breathing and you will have less tension in the neck and also improve your posture.

At the weekend or whenever you can, being out in nature is great, even if that's just a trip to your local park. After all, walking is good exercise, but if you can set aside time to run, that's great too. If you own a bike, cycling is a great form of exercise that you can combine with your daily commute if you don't live miles from work.

Take regular breaks Though it's tempting to keep going when you're on a roll, regular breaks are crucial. If you work with computers you'll need screen breaks to stay healthy, but no matter what you do, breaks will keep you concentration levels up and you'll get the job done far more quickly than if you struggled through it without a break!

Plan your week There's an old saying 'If you want something done, ask a busy person'. But where does that come from? Busy people plan their time well, so they can get as much done as possible. It's probably true that their life isn't as chaotic as it may seem – they're just good at organising their time! Planning your week is important too, because you won't feel as rushed and importantly, you'll know exactly when to say no! Book personal time in your diary and stick to it!

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