After a busy day, all you want to do is jump under the sheets of your comfy bed. You don't want get up till morning. You certainly want to lead a healthy lifestyle, but there is never enough time and you might think that being able to stay healthy, while having busy and productive schedule, is a real luxury.
However, you can actually be both busy and healthy, and you cannot make excuses anymore. Follow these steps in order to find out how to squeeze in some healthy habits.
1. Prepare at home and bring lunch to work
This is the only way to save some time and still have a healthy meal at work. Having a busy schedule means rushing to the nearest fast food joint and buying anything that allows you to survive the rest of the day. Fast food is tasty and it keeps you fueled till the end of your working hours.
However, if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, then it would be better to consider preparing a nutritious meal at home before you go to sleep, and bring it to work. This way, you won't waste time on going out to buy something, and you'll get your fair share of essential vitamins and minerals.
There are many quick healthy recipes, and you can easily prepare them before you go to work. Moreover, if you want to keep your teeth strong and clean, then avoid soft drinks as well as their sugar-free versions, because they will destroy the enamel of your teeth. A healthier solution is to make a smoothie at home, and bring it to the workplace.
There are smoothies that can replace your breakfast, so do some research on different smoothies and find a tasty and healthy solution according to your taste.
2. There's always time for a quick exercise
The reason why you don't workout isn't a lack of time; it is because you feel exhausted after a long day at work and the only thing you want to do is rest. If you are not physically active, then start with some light exercises after work, or during weekends.
There is always the option of taking a walk or riding a bike to work, depending on where you live. When you come back home, you can relax for a bit and then go to the park and just walk around some more.
When you become a bit more active, then you can start jogging early in the morning, before you got to work. The most important thing is not to quit. It takes time to get used to working out, but it is a necessary habit, as you probably like to spend your day sitting in front of a computer. Jogging and doing exercises before work will make you more productive, as your body will be prepared to face the stressful situations.
3. Always have snacks and water in your desk drawer
It may happen that you have some extra work to take care of at the end of the day. In order to avoid buying junk food, keep some snacks, e.g. nuts and fruit, in your desk drawer. They will make it possible for you to survive those extra hours, and keep you from starving. Snacks shouldn't replace your dinner, so don't eat too much.
Also, keep your body hydrated, especially during the summer, and keep one bottle of water in your drawer. The most common symptoms of dehydration are headaches, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth and sleepiness. If you are experiencing any of these, you need to drink water in order to stay healthy.
4. Stay productive, organized and stress-free
Being healthier doesn't only mean eating healthy and having a fit body, but also being stress-free. When we're under a lot of stress, our health is compromised in many different ways. It affects every part of our body and makes us anxious and depressed.
Organize yourself well with to do-lists, and plan your schedule. When you plan every single task, you will be able to squeeze in some time to rest and still get everything done. Moreover, this will also avoid the rush and confusion when trying to finish many tasks at once.
Start small, and don't force yourself too much. None of these four tips take up too much of your free time, and are quite easy to implement. It is very hard to balance your family, your work, and your health, but it is possible, so stay persistent.