THE HEALTH HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Too busy to think about your health? Think again!
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Leading a healthy lifestyle can be easier said than done. From a distance, people can look like they really have it together, always tucking into healthy treats, giving off good vibes and showing off an enviable glow.

The truth is, a little organisation can go a long way when it comes to looking after yourself, and even the busiest people can form little healthy habits that lead to big results.

1 Combine your workouts

In an ideal world, each workout in your week would complement the others, you’d have perfectly-timed rest days and you’d tick all the boxes for cardio, conditioning and strength - there’d even be time for yoga!

In reality though, many of us are lucky if we can squeeze in a session between work deadlines, family commitments and our social life. That’s why when it comes to working out, we need to get more bang for our buck in as little time as possible.

High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a popular way to get a super quick workout in without sacrificing results. The catch? You have to work really hard to make it worthwhile. Performing compound resistance exercises - think press-ups, squats and lunges - at a fast pace and high intensity allows you to get stronger, boost muscular endurance and test your cardio fitness all in one session. If you haven’t got the time to dedicate whole sessions to strength, conditioning and cardio individually, then this is the perfect solution.

2 Do meal prep

When you’re strapped for time, healthy eating is one of the first things to fall by the wayside. It’s understandable - grabbing something quick and convenient on the way to work saves you time and energy when you don’t have any to spare.

But dedicating half a day or so on the weekend to cook a batch of meals to see you through the week can be a life saver. Not only will you have healthy meals at your disposal but you won’t have to think about what to eat come mealtimes. Time to stock up on some Tupperware.

3 Try healthy delivery meals

If you don’t fancy yourself a chef, luckily there are a decent range of services now that do the hard work for you. Companies like Fresh Fitness Food, Soulmate Food and Pure Package prepare and deliver delicious meals fresh to your door, so you can reap the results of a healthy lifestyle.

Whether your goal is fat loss, muscle building or simply healthy eating, you’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted and a couple of snacks to hand too. Dietary requirements are all taken into account - so all you have to do is tuck in!

4 Make friends with a reusable water bottle

Hydration affects your health in so many ways. It keeps your brain functioning optimally, skin looking and feeling healthy and energy levels high - just to name a few!

Most of us don’t drink enough water, especially once times gets busy. Add to that sweating hard when we work out and it’s not hard to quickly find yourself dehydrated. Treating yourself to a reusable bottle - try Swell, Chillys or Corkcicle for slick ones that keep your drinks at the perfect temperature - that you keep on you at all times will encourage you to keep sipping away throughout the day. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to look after our body.

5 Turn off notifications

Constantly being glued to your phone can negatively affect your life in so many ways. You’ll find your attention wandering when it should be focused (for example at work or during Game of Thrones - both equally as important!) which can affect productivity as well as a connection with others around us. Keeping both in tact are essential to wellbeing.

Turning off notifications means that you’ll be less likely to pick up your phone at times when you could be immersed in the moment. Those text messages, Instagram likes and Facebook comments will still be there later on in the day. Give your mind some clarity, live in the moment and you’ll find yourself much happier for it.

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