Finding the time and energy to focus on your health and keep fit can be very difficult, especially when you work in the NHS.
Long, draining hours and working on your feet all day can really take its toll – never mind if there are some gruelling night shifts thrown into the mix.
For many of you, the last thing that you want to do at the end of a busy day is even think about doing some exercise. A nice glass of wine, sat with your feet up watching Corrie may sound like a far more enjoyable idea.
There’s no better time to start becoming a healthier you than right now, all you need is some will-power, determination and a few good tips. Our Health and Fitness Guide for NHS staff has some great advice that you can easily fit around work and get started with a bang.
Ditch the unhealthy food
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be overly complicated. There are plenty of inspiring recipes out there that are quick and easy to make for your lunches and dinners. If you get into the habit of planning your meals in advance it can make it a lot easier.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank either; you can make great savings if you buy meat in bulk. Take a look at our brand new discount on Musclefood’s 71 piece Extra Lean Selection Box.
If you tend to cook the same meals every week for your family, why not mix things up and try using a Simply Cook inspiration and ingredients box for just £1? We also have a great offer for NHS staff from Gousto who provide a complete dinner kit with a 3 meal trial for two people at only £9.99.
Get into running
Running has a lot of great health benefits. All you need is a decent pair of running trainers to get started. It’s the perfect activity for those with a busy work/life schedule because it doesn’t require any planning; just pop your gear on and get out there.
You might find it difficult to get yourself motivated at first and finding the time to run can prove tricky – but if you find a routine that works for you then you won’t look back. Everyone’s different; you may find your better suited to early morning run, or you may prefer going straight after work – just make sure that you don’t sit down for a rest first otherwise you might not get up.
You could even join a running group for beginners which would ease you into it and you could make some friends.
Weight loss programmes
If you’re aim is to lose weight, joining a reputable weight-loss programme can help you reach your goals and keep you on track. Dieting can be really tough and there are so many fad diets out there to choose from. Weight Watchers currently offer a great deal for NHS staff on their -month plan – no sign up fee plus 25% off.
Taking health supplements can help to boost your immune system, topping up your worn-out body with the vitamins and minerals that it needs. If you’re diet isn’t right because you’re on-the-go all the time, health supplements are a quick and easy way to help you out. You can get everything from vitamins, minerals and supplements, to herbal remedies, homeopathic and flower remedies.
Holland and Barrett’s currently has a fantastic deal on health supplements: ‘Buy One, Get One for a Penny – plus an exclusive £10 NHS Discount’.
Join an exercise class
Joining a class is a fun way of exercising and has become increasingly popular in recent years. There’s so many to choose from including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, boxercise and spinning. Why not ask a friend or work colleague to join you? That way, you can keep each other motivated and you’ll be more likely to keep it up. If no one will go with you, be brave and go by yourself – you’ll be fine once you get there. It’s a great way to meet new people and you could make some good friends.
Keep it fun
Going on a health kick certainly isn’t easy. How many times do people join a gym with every intention of carving out the ‘perfect’ body, only to give up a few weeks later and run your membership into the ground? The trick to sticking with your healthier choices is to keep it fun. If spending endless hours running on a treadmill isn’t your thing, don’t do it. Find something that you do like and have fun with it. Change it up regularly so you don’t get bored; one week you could go for a run, the next do a Zumba class. You’ll soon find something that works for you.
Do you have any more health and fitness tips to share to help NHS staff get started? Please let us know in the comments.
Andy is our Social Media & Community Coordinator, bringing you helpful tips, useful information and NHS news.
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