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Florist Talk | How to Be a Fitter and Healthier Floral Designer: Kate’s Top 5 Tips

Regardless of who you are and what your job is, everyone needs to stay healthy.

I am in no way suggesting any of the tips below are new or rocket-science, but it’s easy to get caught up in life and forget that being your best self physically can transfer to your professional life and pay dividends. Here are my top 5 tips to ensure that you stay on top of your game and feel your very best.

Eat Well

We’re all guilty of loving food that doesn’t necessarily love our bodies. Skip the junk and instead fuel your body with fresh, healthy, and organic food. Try this recipe for daily juice and see how much more energy you have. It’s packed with nutrients and is the perfect start to your morning!


  • A handful of Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Beetroot
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 2 Pieces of Watermelon
  • Hint of Ginger


Wash and chop the fruit into cubes. Pop the ingredients into a NutriBullet or blender and fill with filtered or coconut water. Blend. Refrigerate the NutriBullet cup if you’re on the go or pour the juice into a cup and add some ‘fresh’ to your morning!


Most people have the false impression that more activity will result in less energy. Even though you are running around on your feet all day, you need to increase your fitness level to sustain your daily work. You’ll actually find that you feel better and have more energy than you used to when you up your daily exercise. If you find that you have trouble getting started, start out small. Institute a morning or evening walk with your family where you get your heart rate up and slowly build up to more. The benefits of resistance training, particularly for women, are often overlooked but also have the added benefit of helping you avoid injury at work. Corporate vases, anyone?


Go to bed early! It can be so hard to do, but it makes such a big difference. Aim to sleep for at least 7-8 hours a night and sneak in a 15 minute ‘power-nap’ during your lunch break if you get up early to go to flower markets. Prioritising your rest can be one of the best things you can to ensure that you’re a healthier version of yourself. I’d like to say keep the phone out of the bedroom but that would make me just a little bit of a hypocrite!


Drink more wine! Er, I mean water… Drinking enough water is one of the best ways to enhance your health and is really easy to do. Although recommendations are relative to your weight, it’s safe to say you should be drinking at least 1.5 - 2 litres of water per day to keep yourself hydrated. If you’re not a natural water drinker then you might think this number sounds like a lot, but you can build up to it slowly. Grab yourself a water bottle so you can keep track of what you are drinking and bring it with you everywhere. Slow and steady wins the race! Being hydrated is one of the best ways to bring about a natural, healthier glow to your being. A side benefit is that drinking more water has been tied to increased metabolism and weight loss. It’s also a great idea with wine.


If you have a naturally busy schedule with work and family, you probably read the word “relax” with a certain amount of skepticism. Yet, this mindset is important. The ability to relax and take breaks is important. You need this both as a person and professionally. It’s hard to think sometimes that doing absolutely nothing is a healthy thing. But take time out of your schedule for you – to breathe and bring calmness and serenity into your life. Time to just chill. Literally plan ahead and brand that time in your diary. There’s an often knocked about and rarely considered word that sums all this up – ‘recreation’. Now say it slowly, re-creation. That’s what it’s all about.

Well, I hope you got something out of my top 5, if only a reminder. Time to sign off for the day as your resident floral fitness coach and get back to my real job!

Kate x


Image Credit: Brodie Vissers



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