Top 5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Lifestyle on a Tight Schedule
Ever feel like you’re insanely busy? Like there’s just not enough time in the day? Yeah, thought so.
We all seem to have overbooked schedules these days, never leaving us enough time to do the things we love — and just barely enough time for the things we have to do. And to add to the stress, we all seem to be fixated on eating healthy and staying in shape. But how do we fit that into our jam-packed schedules? It’s not easy.
Of course, we all want to have a balanced lifestyle. We all want to have time to cook a nice meal for our family, to eat healthy through the day and to workout on a regular basis. But sometimes that’s just not the way the day unfolds, especially if you have a whole family to take care of. Most of the time, it’s our personal health that seems to suffer first. It seems to always be the quickest to fall to the wayside.
Grabbing food on the go, which is usually unhealthy, and neglecting our workout routine seem to be the easiest and quickest ways to make extra time for the other things that pop up in daily life. But really, those need to be among your first priorities. If you’re not eating healthy and exercising, you are not feeling as good as you can be. You are not in your optimum health and happiness.
So how do you do it? How do you make sure your personal health is up to par?
Well, here are some quick tips to help make sure your diet and exercise plans stay on track throughout a busy week:
Order Grocery Delivery Online
Grocery shopping can be time-consuming, as well as stressful. So, one of the best ways to make sure you’re getting all the health foods you need for a well-balanced diet is to make use of super convenient grocery delivery services, such as PeaPod. You can easily do your shopping ahead of time and have your groceries delivered right to your doorstep. What could be an easier, better way to save time?
Prep and Plan Meals Ahead of Time
Now that you have all your groceries conveniently brought to you at home, you can set aside time once or twice a week to do some meal planning. Designate an hour or two to prep all (or at least most) of your meals ahead of time. Then, it will be much easier on your busier days to grab something from the fridge or freezer for dinner when you haven’t had time to cook. This way, you can make sure your lunches and dinners are packed with the nutrients your body needs to fuel your days, instead of getting fast food that leaves you feeling sluggish (and probably guilty).
Prepack Your Snacks
Speaking of meal prep, you should, at the same time, put together some smart portion-sized snacks to have with you on the go. It’s almost inevitable that you will be running around when hunger strikes at some point. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, grab a bag of grapes you brought from home. Guaranteed if you have healthier alternatives to reach for (nuts are another great idea) you will likely be less tempted with cookies and cake.
Repurpose Your Leftovers
Similarly, you can make the most of your leftovers. Whether it’s reheating last night’s dinner or repurposing leftover protein and veggies, this is a quick way to get the most out of your healthy meals and eliminate waste. But don’t think of leftovers as old and boring; go beyond your mom’s casseroles. There are plenty of new creative recipes you can find with a quick Google search.
Expand Your Food Portfolio
Even if you’re not into leftovers, you can still begin to feel like you’re eating a lot of the same foods again and again. By expanding your selections, it will be easier for you to create good meals and snacks. Really, there is a plethora of good-for-you foods that you can tap into. Try swapping your usual choices for something out of your ordinary diet to avoid getting stuck in a food rut. And don’t automatically eliminate food because they have a bad rap. Like potatoes. People associate them with only having a lot of carbs, but they actually have a ton of nutrients and leave you feeling very satisfied. The key is moderation. So don’t be scared to heat up a sweet potato for dinner once in a while (of course, don’t forget a side of veggies).
Schedule Your Workouts
Finally, fitness is crucial. Not only does a workout boost your metabolism, but it also keeps your energy high, your stress level low and your overall happiness at its best. Skipping your workout can have a big, negative impact on your day. The best way to avoid this from happening is to schedule your workout time, so it doesn’t get pushed aside. Prioritize your fitness time. But if you really don’t have time to hit the gym, you can at least budget workout time into smaller intervals. Even two quick 15-minute workouts can make a difference. Whether it’s a brisk walk around the block or hitting a few flights of stairs at work, exercise is a must. Not to mention, when you are working out you have more motivation to eat healthy, so this in turn drives your healthy diet.
This was a sponsored post by Peapod.