Everybody has a crazy hectic schedule that prevents them form doing most things hey enjoy doing. However, even with a crazy hectic schedule, we can all make time for our health. But how do we make time to eat healthy and workout when we feel that we may not even have time to sit down and breath for a few minutes? It’s simple, really. You have to find what works best for you and be patient.
Here are our top tips for finding more time to eat healthy and sneak in a workout!
1.) Don’t sugar coat it. Are you really that busy or do you just not know where to start? When you are just starting out on a healthy lifestyle, it can seem very scary and intimidating. Where do you start? What food do you buy? What do you cook? What workouts do you do? Grab a friend, spouse, or family member and work together on starting a healthy lifestyle. Go grocery shopping together, write down workouts you will do, and check in with each other to ensure accountability.
2.) Wake up early. It may seem like a daunting task, but if you have all food and clothes packed the night before, then waking up an hour earlier than you usually do may not be so bad. Sleep is definitely important for overall health but going to bed a bit earlier in order to wake up earlier is possible! Working out in the morning has many benefits including regulating appetite, boosting energy and you are simply getting it out of the way. How many times have you had the best intentions to exercise in the evening, only to have too many excuses stopping you? With morning workouts, the problem is solved!
3.) Pack your food. Packing your meals ensures that you will eat them instead of grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine because it was more convenient. Packing your food also saves you money and teaches you to eat more home cooked meals vs. going out to eat, which, in the long run will save you money, time, and extra weight!
4.) Find a good starting place. Don’t expect to go from someone who eats out each night and hits the drive through each morning and only takes the dog for a walk, to someone who works out everyday and eats only clean and natural foods, overnight. This is a process! Take baby steps to slowly stop going through the drive through and start cooking at home. Begin with walking for 30 minutes 5 times a week, grab some fitness DVD’s, or join a gym and get a personal trainer to ensure you are doing everything correctly form working out to eating right. But remember that this is all a process and you have to take it one step at a time in order for it to work!
5.) Last but not least we leave you with a quote…
“Set your alarm for 6am. Don’t groan when it goes off and pull the covers over your head, get up and start your day. Put on a baggy top and running shorts. Go downstairs and pour yourself a nice big glass of ice water. Cut up some fruit and mix it in with yogurt. Add some granola. Now go outside. Stretch for 10 minutes. Skip for 5 minutes. Jog for 10 minutes. Run for 10 minutes. Walk back. Lay out a towel on the ground and lie down on it. Do 50 crunches. Yes, they hurt, but they are 100% worth it. When you’re done, get in the shower. Use a nice smelling shampoo and matching conditioner. Shave your legs and wash your body. Exfoliate your face. Get out of the shower and let your hair air dry. Look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? If you do, good for you. Do this every day and you will continue to love yourself. If you don’t like what you see, do this every day and pretty soon you will. Being lazy might feel good at the time, but being active feels better in the long run. How badly do you want it?”