Staying Healthy When You’re Short on Time

At this point in the year, we may have abandoned our New Years’ resolutions to get healthy. Keeping a well-balanced healthy life isn’t always easy now with our fast-paced lifestyles. With work and life to juggle alongside health and fitness, we tent to start neglecting the one thing that keeps us going – our health. However, it doesn’t need to, so here are some quick tips on taking care of your health when you don’t have the time. 

Plan Ahead

Sunday’s after church are my time to plan out the week ahead. I sit down with the calendar and go to the grocery store. For me I find that it can be really hard to squeeze in a workout or eat better I don’t have a clear plan for the week Creating a workout schedule will enable you to develop a routine, while prepared meal plans can stop you from ordering takeout when you can’t be bothered to cook up a whole meal. 

This planning ahead is essential if you want to get back on the healthy living train. It may be challenging to find the time in your day at first, but with more practice, you’ll find pockets of free time everywhere you look. 

Give Yourself Reminders

It’s easy for you to get dragged down by responsibilities from work and family, and if there’s too much going on, you’ll likely forget your healthy living needs. 

Making reminders to go to the dentist every six months will save you from trying to book in last-minute appointment. I also block time on my phone calendar or make a note of what meals I’ve prepared. This helps me stay on track for the week and keeps me sticking to my weekly plan. 

Bitesize Workouts

You don’t need to undergo a full workout every time. With such a busy schedule, doing little exercises throughout the day will help you see changes no matter how slow they might be. 

Rather than lying in bed playing on your phone every morning before willing yourself out of bed, try doing some quick push-ups or situps. If the weather is nice, an early morning walk can clear your head. You may also experience a lot of downtime at work or when waiting around for your next meeting. So, try to squeeze something in while you’re waiting around for others.  I like taking the stairs rather than the elevator or take a walk around the building for 5 minutes.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Sometimes we are our own worst critics. Falling out of a workout routine feels like a letdown, and it’s natural to beat yourself up after one missed workout session or opportunity. However, these negative thoughts won’t do you any good, so it’s important not to criticize yourself for missing workouts or healthy meals.

People are too quick to abandon their healthy living goals after one road bump or hiccup. However, looking at it as an outlier rather than a broken habit will help push you to keep going. Eventually, you’ll get into a routine where you cannot envision yourself skipping a session whether you want to or not. I look forward to my workouts at Orangetheory Fitness. I’ve made friends and the coaches know my name… this helps me stay accountable. And if I haven’t shown up in a few days they notice!

No More Excuses

Most people think they can only get healthy by engaging in full-blown workout sessions as frequently as possible, but this isn’t always doable. Instead of abandoning your healthy living regimen just because too much else gets in the way, look for different ways to make the most of your free time and transform it from wasted minutes into productive exercise. 

Planning ahead will help keep you on track as well. I hope all of these tips keep you moving forward to living a healthier lifestyle.

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