A Fresh Start

While not everyone of us is great at making (or keeping!) resolutions, the new year offers up the perfect chance to get working on things to make life more enjoyable and fulfilling. For many workers in the city who clock up a lot of hours behind the desk, this can simply mean doing a little bit of exercise and eating more healthily. And recent research shows that you don’t need to run a marathon to see significant benefits.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of yourself.

Short but intense. A recent ABC Catalystepisode revealed just how easy it is to achieve significant results in a relatively short period of time. The trick is interval training with bursts of intense exercise. For example, cycling at a high rate for 8 seconds and slower for 12 seconds for just 20 minutes three times a week has a dramatic effect on fat and fasting insulin levels – ideal for a lunchtime workout.
Stretch it out. You might look a little strange but stretching at your desk should be a daily habit. It helps increase blood flow and flexibility, relieving tension in your back, legs, shoulders and spine.
Seek out goodness. When lunch rolls around, it’s all too easy to order a serve of that high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie option. Thankfully, the MLC Centre Food Court has a number of healthy choices for lunch, including IKU Wholefoods, SumoSalad Green Label and Thr1ve.
Snack well. When the mid-afternoon munchies hit, don’t reach for the chocolate. Instead, keep a jar of your favourite nuts or fruit to hand. When you run out, just head downstairs to the friendly IGA Romeo’s Food Hall.
Practice meditation: The relative calm of the new year is one of the best times to begin the habit of meditation. Set aside time each week, either at home or at work, for meditation. It doesn’t need to be for hours with some of the results coming from regular sessions of mindfulness. Beginners could try daily, five-minute mini-mediation sessions coupled with breathing exercises, gradually increasing the session lengths as a regular pattern of meditation is formed.