Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay in shape. There are lots of cheap getaways before Christmas and if you’re on top of your training and eating – guess what – it’s a whole lot easier to get that beach body you want, and will want to show off! We know it can be hard to eat well and find the time to train but unfortunately in life there are no shortcuts and you need to put in the effort if you really want to achieve your goals. Here are our top tips to maintain a good body while dealing with a hectic lifestyle.

Plan

Take 10-15 minutes each weekend to plan your week ahead and it will really help set you up for success. Find where you have spare time in your diary and when you can fit in your training sessions or favourite classes. This will ensure you have no excuses and stay on track and reach your goals. Take some time to shop too. By stocking up your fridge and cupboards and planning your meals you won’t be tempted to reach for unhealthy options on your way home. Our customers use us because they know we deliver healthy meals packed full of high quality produce that will get them in the best shape possible and it’s super convenient for them to have the box delivered to their home while they aren’t in.

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Make the most of your spare time

Guys in the best shape and athletes at the top of their game train a lot. Do you really think they only train once or twice a week? No, they are training five or six times a week. Before you say this isn’t possible working 60 hours a week, let’s break it down. There are 168 hours in the week. Say you sleep 8 hours a night, 56 hours a week, that leaves 112 hours. Take away 60 hours of work and you still have 52 hours left. If you dedicated 10 hours a week to train (which is much more than your average person) you still have 42 hours a week to do whatever you want. If you want to get in the best shape of your life you have to dedicate time to it, this includes training and making sure you are eating the right sort of food. If you start planning your week I guarantee you will be able to find at least 5-10 hours a week you can put aside to helping yourself get in shape.

Diet

I don’t really like the word diet because it implies a quick fix to most people. There are no shortcuts in life and your diet is no different. You should always be on top of your eating and at Mindful Chef we think healthy eating should be really easy. Our healthy eating plan is simple to follow and there aren’t lots of crazy restrictions. We simply advocate eating real food. Food that you either hunt, grow or can pick from trees and the ground. By cutting out lots of processed foods and refined sugars you will soon be on the way to getting yourself in fantastic shape and you’ll feel more energised meaning you can make the most of your workouts. If your body is functioning better on the inside you’re going to look a whole lot better on the outside as well. Just like your training, take time to plan your eating for the week ahead. Yes there will be times you have to eat out for meetings or you want to go for a drink with friends – that’s life. Just make sure for the most part you are eating real, healthy, good-for-you food and drinking lots of water. If you do this you’ll be on the right track.

In short it doesn’t have to be difficult to get in great shape. The biggest mistake you could make is trying to completely change your life all at once. A lot of people trip up doing this because a complete overhaul can be difficult to sustain. Start by making a few changes and turning them into habits. Once they become the norm add a few more. Soon all of these changes will turn into a way of life and you’ll never have to worry about a quick fix again.

Struggling to for ideas of healthy meals to cook? Here is one of our favourite recipes and if you don’t fancy traipsing around the supermarket for ingredients, why not get them delivered straight to your door. Click the link below for one of mindful chef’s great healthy recipes.

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Author Bio:

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Myles has been a personal trainer for the past 7 years and has a keen interest in health, fitness and nutrition originally from Devon. In 2015 Myles set up Mindful Chef along with two friends Giles and Rob, on a mission to make healthy eating easy. Since then the business has rapidly grown as is now the UK’s favourite recipe box in the UK as voted for by Trust Pilot. For more information, on their awesome recipe boxes head to their website.

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