Often when life gets busy, the first things we sacrifice are diet, sleep and exercise. All important things for your body, mind and sanity, but we all need the reminder that healthy living is JUST as important as work and school. Not to mention, exercise and healthy eating is a great form of stress relief. Here are my tips for How to Make Time for Health When You’re Busy!
Every week, I look at my calendar & plan my exercise. I schedule it like a doctor appointment on a specific day, at a specific time. Also, be detailed about they type of exercise you want to do. The more precise, the better. For example, don’t write down “workout,” try something like “30 minute power walk,” “1 hour spin class,” “30 minutes weights, 30 minutes elliptical.” You get the idea. Make your workout appointment non-negotiable. If you make it negotiable, you will use it as an excuse for you not to do it. Eventually skipping one day will turn into everyday.
Workout in the Morning
I used be an afternoon exerciser, but was forced to workout in the morning when I switched jobs a few years ago. I actually like that I’ve become a morning fitter because when I’m busy my motivation to workout decreases as the day goes on. Now I love getting my sweat on first thing in the morning. I not only feel great after it’s done, but also have better focus to prioritize my day and I’m more capable of dealing with the stress.
Believe me. I’m not one of those people who when the alarm goes off at 4:30 am thinks “yes! workout time!” Um, no. I’m thinking “do I REALLY have to do this again?” It’s like ground hog day every day. What I do that helps me is visualize how great I will feel after my workout and how cruddy I feel when I skip it.
Combine Work & Working Out
If you feel guilty making fitness a priority over work or school, then combine the two. Bring your smart phone to the gym so you can read and answer emails. Bring books and study material with you to the gym that you can read while peddling away on the elliptical or bike. I’m the queen of multi-tasking. I use my time in between weight lifting sets to read emails and draft responses. It also helps me slow down my workout and not rush through it.
At the end of every week, I plan my meals for the following week. It not only helps me buy the right stuff at the store, but also keeps me on track with my diet & nutrition goals. On the weekend (usually Sundays), I make all my meals and snacks for the week. I also wash, chop & cut all my produce so I have it on hand for whenever I want it.
A few of my healthy meals and snacks.
Take a Time Out
Why is it that when life gets busy we never sacrifice work or school? The answer I’m sure is money, but ask yourself this. How much money will it take to pay for the damage done to your body by sacrificing your health right now? Sometimes we need a day to ourselves to reset, refocus and rehab. I call these life timeouts. Take a day off work or school to get caught up. Take the time to get you and your health back on track.
Ask for Help
Never be too proud to ask for help. We ask for help when there’s a birth, death or illness. Why don’t we ask for help when we’re too busy? If it’s a big project at work, ask a co-worker for support or discuss options with your boss. If it’s life, ask a friend for their advice. Sometimes just having someone to vent to can help you get control. For me, I tend to stress before the busy hits. Talking to a friend always helps me get perspective on how I can and will manage it.
How do you make time for health? What’s one thing you would like to do better?
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