School is starting, your days are long and there are only 24 hours in the day. Sometimes it seems that even if I had more hours in the day, I still wouldn’t be able to get everything done. My life is crazy. I run around all day long, meet with clients, blog til my fingers hurt and try to have a normal life at home but sometimes it’s hard. What’s even more hard is trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle while staying so busy. I try my best to change little things in my life for the better. Everybody’s life and schedule is different but these 5 easy tips to staying healthy can work with everybody’s schedule, no matter how hectic your life might be.
- Plan ahead. This isn’t my strong suit but I do know that planning ahead can change your life. Plan your meals every week, map out your day, and set your plans in stone. A few things that I always try to plan is my weekly dinners, and I keep multiple calendars around the house so I always know what is going on and when I need to be somewhere. It’s not easy but just start planning now!
- Take time to workout. This doesn’t mean that you have to get a gym membership or hire a personal trainer but even a long walk in your neighborhood does wonders for your mind and body. I take my dogs on a walk at least 3 times a week. It’s great to get out, breathe in some fresh air and discover your surroundings. (Not to mention it wears my dogs out too). I’ve recently tried the barre classes and I’m in love.
- Change your eating habits. You don’t have to go on a full fledged diet, but making small changes will help greatly. For example, If you’re eating fast food, skip the fries and just eat the main course. Instead of grabbing your third coke for the day, opt for water. I promise you won’t miss the extra caffeine or those fries. Another great alternative if you HAVE to eat fast food is ordering a kids meal instead of a regular combo meal, it’s half the price and much smaller portions.
- Get plenty of sleep. If you’re anything like me, I will stay up all night working and end up getting a few hours of sleep. The next day is horrible and I’m not my best self because of the lack of sleep. One of my little secrets to help fall asleep is to put away all electronics. When my phone or iPad is within reaching distance, I will grab it and start playing games or checking my email. Not only does that not allow my brain to rest, it usually causes stress because of anxiety thinking about all the work that I have piling up.
- Drink Water. I love water, but I would prefer a nice ice cold Dr. Pepper any day. To be completely honest, I usually chose a Dr. Pepper over water, it’s a horrible habit that I must break. If water just isn’t your thing, try adding fresh fruit to your drink or opt for Mio to add some flavor until you get used to drinking water on a regular basis. Not only does your body need water, it will make you feel food which will help you eat less junk throughout the day. Try buying a tumbler that you can take to work with you everyday and keep it full so you always have water handy.
These tips are so simple but can seriously change your life. Not one of these items will cost you any money and they are are all small changes you can make gradually but will make you become a better person in the long run.
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