Try these healthy lifestyle tips for busy people
How would you rate your health? Are you a diet and fitness guru who never misses a day at the gym? Or are you a couch potato who is happier watching YouTube and noshing on chips? Odds are, you fall somewhere in between. Leading a healthy lifestyle is a challenge—especially in the face of being busy at work, school, or with family.
There are three main pillars to a healthy lifestyle: diet, exercise, and sleep. To all the busy people out there, we are offering tips on how you can make the most of your time and still manage to address all three of these important pillars. Try these ideas to step up your game:
No time to exercise? Try this:
Everyone knows that exercise is important to your health, but when your days get busy, your exercise can be one of the first things to suffer. If you want to exercise, but never feel like you have the time, here are some tips for you.
- Put exercise into your calendar, just like you do a dentist or doctor appointment
- Instead of meeting a friend for coffee or a drink, meet them for a hike or a run
- Do jumping jacks or pushups during commercials
- Wake up 45 minutes earlier and get your exercise done first thing in the morning
- Take the stairs, not the escalator
- Get a fitness app that tracks your steps and challenge yourself to do better
- Stand up while working at your computer
- Play with your kids (if you’ve got kids)
- Take a mile-long walk (20 minutes) after dinner every night, no excuses
No time to eat right? Try this:
Eating a healthy, balanced diet takes a lot more effort and time than just getting a pizza delivered. But to do your body right, you want to feed it the most nourishing foods you can. Try these time-saving tips for eating more healthfully:
- Try instant oatmeal packets to make a quick and healthy breakfast that beats the doughnut shop
- Tuna fish is a healthy lunch and all you have to do is open the can
- Buy “hand fruits” like apples, pears, and bananas that you don’t have to cut
- Keep baby carrots, celery sticks, and low-fat string cheese in the fridge for a healthy snack
- Buy pre-cut vegetables to make cooking preparation faster
- Cook healthy meals in large batches so you have enough to last for two or three meals
- Get frozen vegetables that can be microwaved right in the bag
- Consider “breakfast for dinner”...eggs can be a quick, easy, healthy dinner
- Choose fast and healthy options for dessert, like dried fruit or a banana with peanut butter
No time to sleep? Try this.
The third pillar of a healthy lifestyle is sleep. Today’s busy and stressful lifestyles can sometimes interfere with getting enough sleep and getting good quality sleep. For better sleep practices, try these tips:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (including days off)
- Get more organized during the day, so that you can make time for sleeping
- Work on stress management so that stress doesn’t interfere with your sleep
- Avoid napping if it interferes with your nighttime sleep
- Get natural light during the day
- Turn off your electronic devices and TV at least an hour before bedtime
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, with reading, yoga, or meditating
- Don’t do heavy exercise right before bed
- Avoid spicy meals at night, and avoid eating before bedtime
- Set up your room for sleep, with darkened blinds and a quiet atmosphere
With making time for exercise, diet, and sleep, you should be treating your body the way it deserves to be treated. You are worth it!
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