Don’t you wish that days had more than 24 hours so that you could finally have some time to execute that workout plan which you have been postponing for months now? Time flies when we are busy and we get so tired that we don’t feel like eating a healthy meal or exercising. We rush so much during the day that we neglect our health and fitness.
I cannot remember how many times I have made excuses to not hit the gym or cook my own food. Even my sleep cycle is becoming shorter due to overtime. On the one hand, my professional life was getting better and I was making more money but on the other hand, I was so focused on increasing my knowledge and skills that I completely forgot to take care of my personal life and health.
Here are 10 tips that I have personally tried which will not cost you a lot of time :
1. Sort out your priorities!
If your body does not feel healthy, it affects your mental health as well as your personal and social life. No matter how accomplished you are, you will not be able to enjoy those moments. Once you improve your diet and start working out, you will notice that you will enjoy an improved energy, focused attention, self-confidence, and happy mood.
2. Try some meal prep alternative
If you have a habit of planning meals at the last minute or always don’t know what to eat, you will always end up eating unhealthy snacks or fast food. It’s always advisable to plan your meals to make sure that you are eating healthy. Look for fast cooking recipes and don’t forget to stock your fridge. Whenever you go , make a list of all the healthy options. By doing so, you will be less prone to buy unhealthy snacks.
3. Say goodbye to bad habits!
Do you smoke excessively, can’t resist sweets or go a little too far with your alcohol? It’s high time to do something about it! I understand that it is difficult to change something in one go, but you can slowly let go these bad habit. For the past 15 years, I have always loved a red wine with my dinner, I am addicted to chocolates and been working with heavy smokers. I know it is difficult to give them up, but you can go for alternatives. Limit your alcohol intake and reduce your smoking. You can also enjoy some dark chocolates with strawberries.
4. Find ways to exercise even when you are at work
It is okay if you don’t feel confident enough to work out alone. The good news is that you can exercise while doing some other tasks. Incorporate work out techniques while doing your daily routine. Try considering standing at your desk for a while instead of constantly sitting, ditch the elevator and take the stairs.
5. Relieve stress
Stress affects your focus, health and overall performances. With constant stress, hypertension and anxiety are only a step away, which can lead to overeating or not eating resulting in weight gain or weight loss. Taking up exercise or practicing your hobby can help enormously to reduce stress. You can also try laughing therapies, meditation, yoga or listening to relaxing music.
6. Pick a healthy hotel
If you love dining out, there are a lot of healthy restaurants which are available. Make it a habit to go through a restaurant’s menu before eating out. If you find that the options are healthy enough for you, go for it! Even when you are traveling for business, try to book hotels which have gyms and healthy menu options.
7. Work out with your kids
There is no better personal trainer than your kids! A great way to work out is to play with your kids. Release the child within you by running with your kids, jumping on the trampoline or playing football. Don’t ever feel guilty to spend much time with your kids.
As much as your body needs to work out, it also needs to relax. Take longer baths or share a great laughing session with your friends. It helps to keep you mentally healthy.
9. Surround yourself with people who live healthy lifestyles
When everyone around you is living healthily, that will inspire you to do the same. Keep your distance from people who encourage you to have a cheat day. By finding friends with similar habits, living healthier will be an easy way of life.
10. Spend time with people you love
Hard time affect your health and fitness badly. It is important to get through them with the right mindset, and in order to do so, it is advisable to keep your loved ones close.