Your full agenda keeps you on your toes, but does it keep you healthy? Many people living an on-the-go lifestyle find it’s difficult to maintain their health, which might just be because convenient choices aren’t always healthy ones. In the new year and beyond, though, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice yourself in order to get through a busy day. Below are five ways to easily make your hectic schedule a little healthier.
1. Say Hello to Soup
When you’re on the move, one of the easiest places to cut corners is with your diet. It seems as though there are endless here-and-now options when it comes to food, but that quickness also comes with a price. One way to replace fast food is to prepare your meals in advance so that you’re ready for the week; there’s no need to grab anything if you’re prepared with a premade lunch or dinner of your own. And one of the best ways to prepare is with a big pot of soup.
Soup is convenient because it’s easy to make and yields many more servings than a traditional meal. It’s also just as good when you heat it up, so you won’t have to worry about your meal being less satisfying the next day. To that end, you can freeze and defrost your soup, too, so you can have some on hand in emergency, extra-busy situations in which you’d otherwise head to your nearest take-out or drive-through restaurant.
2. Don’t Just Sit at Your Desk
Work keeps many an adult busy — sometimes, they’re kept too busy to exercise. Luckily, a day at the office doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal fitness. There are plenty of exercises that are easy to do while you’re seated.
Imagine: you can work your abs, shoulders, triceps, arms, and more while seated at your desk. If you want to do something a little more subtle, trade out your regular desk chair for a stability ball. Since you won’t be able to rest your back on your chair, your core will have to engage to keep you seated upright. Hello, summer swimsuit!
3. Hit the Bottle
You know you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water each day, but do you do it? One of the easiest ways to boost your energy, replenish your skin, suppress an overactive appetite, keep colds at bay, fight off hangovers, and improve your focus is by drinking the right amount of H2O each day. Start by placing a water bottle or refillable cup on your desk so you’ll remember to fill it — and drink from it — each day. If you’re extra forgetful, set an alarm on your computer so you’re reminded regularly to take a sip.
4. Don’t Say No to TV
Binge-watching TV series on Netflix is one of the best ways to spend a lazy weekend day. It’s also a great excuse to get a little bit of exercise in. If you’re lucky enough to have a cardio machine at home, set it up so you can watch episodes of your favorite TV show while you work out and kill two birds with one stone. You can also do stretches, ab workouts, or even body-weight resistance exercises while your show is on. That way, you’re making the most of each 30- or 60-minute episode — and you won’t feel guilty sticking around to watch the next one.
5. Center Before Snoozing
Finally, busy people often have a hard time falling asleep. If visions of your lengthy to-do list are keeping you up at night, try meditating before you go to bed. Taking time to clear your mind will help you doze off without as much effort. You’ll sleep more soundly and feel energized in the morning, which is good. You’ve got a lot to do, after all.
Photo: Jackie Popp