The busier we are, the shorter our days seem and we feel like they are going very fast. In our daily race through our to-do lists, we neglect important aspects, such as our health and fitness. We tend to neglect our diet, skip exercise routines or sacrifice precious hours of sleep to complete a professional project. A professional life in which one flourishes is the dream of all. Earn more money, improve your knowledge and skills. Thereafter, personal life and health can suffer the consequences.
Make your health and fitness a priority!
If you are not fit and healthy, your professional, social and personal life will suffer, and you will not be able to enjoy any of your accomplishments, however impressive they may be. Instead of focusing on your work or other concerns and leaving your diet and exercise program last, plan while keeping both of these in mind.
There are ways to eat healthy and exercise, no matter how busy you are. All you need is willpower. If you improve your diet, you will enjoy several benefits, such as:
- The improvement of energy,
- Productivity at work,
- Mood and happy relationships.
Plan your meals in advance
If you do not care about what you eat and base your meals on last minute decisions, it’s obvious that you’ll end up having fast food and unhealthy snacks all the time. It’s best to plan your menu for the coming week, with a focus on quick and easy-to-prepare recipes and / or readily available foods, and to have several options available in your fridge and kitchen cabinets.
You can eat yogurt, an omelette, fruit juice or whole grain breakfast, soup or broth at noon, and fish and vegetables for dinner. There are many healthy fast food options if you know what to look for and you agree to exchange the bread, sauces and fries for lettuce, fresh tomatoes and cucumber salads, mushrooms, etc.
When you make your list and go shopping, focus on healthy foods, items you can warm up or cook in minutes, take with you to work or enjoy watching TV. When cooking, prepare several portions and freeze them to save time and have healthy meal options when you are too busy or too tired.
Give up your bad habits!
Do you smoke, do you indulge in sweets or exaggerate while drinking? If so, you should fix it! Do you know how harmful smoking can be and how excessive consumption of sweets can lead to diabetes and obesity?
Choose dark chocolate, dried fruits and natural sweeteners (honey, stevia, erythritol, etc.). You can limit your alcohol intake, and you can at least gradually reduce your smoking until you are able to stop.
Exercise your posture
You may not have the time to exercise alone, but you can exercise and improve your posture while performing other tasks. For example, consider standing up instead of sitting at your desk, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking or cycling to work instead of taking the submarine or the car. If you listen to music in your household chores, you might end up dancing. If you use a vertical vacuum cleaner instead of an automatic vacuum cleaner, you will walk around the house and exercise without realizing it.
Choose leisure activities that allow you to exercise your muscles!
Choose to dance or play football instead of eating ice cream or watching a game at a bar. Go to the spa or get a massage, instead of eating pizza or sunbathing in the living room. Go hiking instead of going to the movies, swim or take a sauna instead of lying in the sun all day. Gardening and bowling are great ways to relax and squat, and there’s no better way to burn calories at the beach than playing volleyball on the sand.
The stress you experience every day, at work, at school, on the road and at home affects your health and your performance. To reduce stress, exercise, even as suggested above, meditate, laugh, give in to your hobbies, listen to music and let yourself go in writing!
Regularly check your health and improve it with super nutritious foods!
When you have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to incorporate doctor visits. However, it is better to be proactive than to neglect oneself and spend days or weeks in the hospital or at home, to treat a condition that has been allowed to worsen. Plus, the more you feel good, the easier it will be to deal with your difficult daily routine.
A great way to improve and maintain your health is to include spices in your diet. Think of turmeric, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, seafood, beets, parsley, coconut oil, berries, citrus fruits and apples. It goes without saying that you should look for organic varieties, unprocessed, if you want to reap the most benefits!
Keep your room and workplace comfortable, well-lit and ventilated!
Without fresh air and adequate light, you will never reach your full potential and feel at your best. Do not hesitate to leave the windows open and the curtains well spread all day long. Keep the temperature at a comfortable level and use furniture adapted to the activities you practice. You may not realize the benefits right away, but they are considerable.
Surround yourself with like-minded optimists who have a healthy lifestyle!
It’s easier to live healthy when everyone around you shares your ideals, believe me. My old friends tried to persuade me to cheat on my diet and give up my exercise habits all the time, and they turned my back on me when I refused. I found new friends, with similar habits, and living a healthy life feels much easier with their support.
Make the most of the time you spend with the people you love!
A recent study shows that when lovers touch each other, the pain decreases. If you have gone through difficult times, you know how useful it can be to have someone hold your hand, listen to you and tell you everything will be fine.
Difficult times, whether financial, emotional or otherwise, pose the greatest threat to your health and fitness. It is therefore important to avoid or overcome them as easily as possible with the help of your loved ones. To do this, you must keep your loved ones close to you!