For those with busy schedules, a hectic life can get in the way of your healthy priorities. But, there are ways you can incorporate healthy decisions into your already busy life.
1. Meal Prep
When you’re busy, nothing is as precious as time. And meal prepping for the week will save you tons of it. Take about two hours aside on Sunday and make your lunches and dinners for the following four to five days.
2. Incorporate Exercise into your Routine
There are a few things you can do that really take no extra time at all. Opt for the stairs instead of elevator. Walk over to a colleagues desk instead of instant messaging them. Walk to the store if its close (parking is what takes forever). There are many other things you can do to make your day to day activities a little healthier.
3. Don’t let stress take over
Many people turn to food when stressed. After a long hard day at the office, you may think you deserve that ice cream or donut for all your efforts. You may turn to a few glasses of wine to ‘wine’ down at the end of a hard day. Even at lunch, in a stressed rush, you may turn to the unhealthy, easy to eat quickly, candy bar. Don’t let stress control your diet. Instead, turn to salads, or sandwiches and remember to stay healthy!
4. Try 20 minute workout sessions
You really don’t need much time to work out. There are many HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts that are no longer than 20 minutes, and boy, do they work. Learn a few different variations, some for arms, abs, legs, and butt. All you need is 20 minutes each morning, c’mon, you can spare that!
5. Try incorporating exercise as group activities like family time
Every afternoon, after dinner, take your family on a 30 minute walk. Maybe its to a park, or frozen yogurt, or just around the neighborhood with the dogs. Sunday mornings are a great day to go hiking with the girls. Whatever you do, include others, because then it’s something to look forward to and valuable time spent with loved ones.