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By: William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness Staff
We all wish we had more minutes in a day. Whether you’re a professional, an entrepreneur or a busy stay-at-home parent—eating well and working out are critical to living a healthy, productive life. We can’t perform at our very best without fueling our bodies with healthy food and remaining active with exercise. Take these simple steps to find time for your health and fitness:
If you’re the techy type, set reminders in your phone. If you prefer paper, grab the closest notebook and make a list. No matter what method you use, plan your day to increase your productivity. All days may not go exactly as planned, but having a general idea of your goals and fitness plan each day can change your life. Meal plan to make grocery shopping and healthy eating simple and easy. Prep meals to freeze for the week or the night before to make breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner more streamlined. Prep your workout gear and bag in advance so you have what you need for a quick workout at the gym. If you’re a morning person, start your day with a quick 30-minute workout for energy and motivation. If you an evening person, use your quick workout to de-stress and complete your day. Stay committed and reward yourself as you make progress towards your goals.
Water is essential to good health, but during a busy day you may forget to get your daily dose of H2O. To help you stay hydrated try some tricks such as: adding fruit to your water, having a glass of water after each bathroom break, drinking a glass of water before a meal, using an app on your phone to track your progress, eating foods with a high water content or using marked water bottles (Cruel, 2015).
Whether it’s a business lunch or a jammed-packed day, being busy means some days you may have no other choice but to eat out. Your diet doesn’t have to suffer if you eat a meal that’s not made in your kitchen. Many restaurants have healthy options on their menu you can select so you don’t have to settle for greasy, unhealthy foods. During happy hour limit alcohol which adds calories to your diet. Choose grilled options over fried foods and fruits and soups over fries and onion rings (Rampton, 2015).
After a busy day during the work week it may be hard to find the motivation to work out, even if you planned to in advance. Working out with a friend holds you accountable to stay committed to your fitness plan, it is fun and makes the time go by quicker. A personal trainer can provide an expert approach that saves you time and gives you confidence that each minute of your workout is safe and effective. Group exercise classes lead by certified fitness specialist at the Center can provide variety to your workout. These three methods provide motivation, encouragement and accountability.
Finding time for fitness is easier than you think. With careful planning, you can complete your goals in and out of the gym.
Cruel, J. (2015, December 27). 12 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day. Retrieved from self: https://www.self.com/story/how-to-drink-more-water
Rampton, J. (2015, May 5). 12 Ways to Eat Healthy No Matter How Busy You Are . Retrieved from Entrepernuer.com: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245770
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