Staying healthy may be difficult if you have a demanding work schedule, but here are simple tips to help keep you in shape despite your busy lifestyle:
Find Ways to Eat Healthy
Never Skip Breakfast. Yes, you’re busy, and you may have woken up late and need to rush to work, but that’s no excuse to skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast doesn’t only make you eat more throughout the day, but it’s been known to increase the risk of diabetes and obesity, as well as making you moodier in the morning. So try to grab a quick bite, or prepare or buy some ready-to-grab-and-bite meals stocked up in your fridge just in case you’re on a rush.
Prepare Healthy Lunch or Order Healthy food. You can try to wake up early and prepare a healthy set of meals for your lunch and work breaks; it helps for you to plan your entire meal for the week and have your ingredients ready by Sunday, that way you have to prep and assemble and be good to go. However, if you lack the time or find it a hassle to prepare your meals, many food businesses offer healthy and/or organic meals ready to be delivered to your office. Some lunch box caterers even prepare meals for the entire week. Make sure that you buy healthy snacks and stock them in your desk so you can grab something nutritious to eat when you feel hungry.
Keep Hydrated. Even when you’re busy, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Not only is water essential for your bodily functions and in keeping you healthy, but it’s important to keep you productive as dehydration is known to reduce one’s cognitive processes and reaction time significantly and would adversely affect your productivity.
Find Time to Work Out
Do Quick Workouts. Try to squeeze in workouts whenever you can. There are 7 to 15-minute workouts available for you to do in the morning, during your work breaks, or before your lunch, and you can even use quick workout apps to help guide you and keep track of your swift workout routines. When at home, you can even do some workout while catching up with your favorite show, not only would that help you stay fit, but also tire you and help you get to sleep early. And speaking of sleep, it’s important that you get enough sleep (at least 7-9 hours a night) to stay healthy and active.
Hit the gym on weekends. A few hours of exercise a week can go a long way towards your well-being. You can also allocate your weekend going to the gym for a high-intensity workout, or enjoy a few hours of your favorite sport. Getting a monthly gym membership could be the incentive you need to push yourself to work out (given that you’re paying to work out and wouldn’t want to put your money to waste).
Sports and Other Activities. If the prospect of going to the gym on your day off and sticking to a strict workout regimen doesn’t appeal to you and you’d prefer to do something fun or competitive and still sweat, you can opt to do sports and other activities. You could spend your weekend off going to sports and activity centers such as the sports hub near Eastwood City which features fields and courts for multiple sports such as basketball, badminton, and volleyball as well as an indoor pump track if you wish to sweat through skating. You can also check out mountain climbing courses and parks.
Conclusion: Keep Going
And remember, don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss your schedule or you end up eating more than you should. You’re a busy person after all, and the last thing you’d want is to stress out for not being able to stick you’re your intended diet and routine. Never let a day messing up your workout or sleeping schedule or diet spoil your goal towards being healthy, but try and make sure to make up for the next day. Getting healthy should be enjoyable, so keep going. Before you know it, your diet and exercise routine can easily be managed and balanced with your busy work schedule.