The most common excuse for not maintain one’s health is a lack of time and energy to do what it takes to stay in shape both physically and mentally. For many, it seems that they’re working harder and longer for less and less every year. While some have an 8-hour workday of staring at a computer screen only to come home to a full house full of even more responsibilities, others work around the clock juggling two jobs and weird hours just to make ends meets. Finding the time and energy to hit the gym to get that beach bod when you don’t have time to even go to the beach may seem like a very low priority. However, health is wealth, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you handle all your responsibilities with much more ease. Here are some simple activities and tips to help you stay healthy no matter what your workload is.
Water Is Life
It’s arguable the most important AND easiest thing you can do to be healthy on a day-to-day basis yet countless people still struggle to consume the recommended daily intake of water. Dehydration can severely affect your health so try to find ways to remember to drink about six to eight glasses of water a day. Set an alarm or buy a fancy water bottle that you know you have to refill at least two times to meet the days’ quota. You can also eat water-dense fruits like watermelon or grapes if you need something with flavor.
You Are What You Eat
For many people, cooking is a choir that takes too much time, especially cooking for one. It’s easier to order out or opt for a quick fix which is rarely a healthy option. If you find yourself surviving off street food and vending machines maybe it’s time to make time for a better, healthier diet. You’ll soon realize planning your meals and snacks ahead of time really isn’t all that hard. Meal prepping doesn’t have to be boring and you don’t have to do it every day. Start small by bringing fruits or healthy snacks with you to work to help you avoid the chips and chocolate bars. If you have a long workday, try to lunch on something light like salads and fruits instead of greasy food that will make you feel heavy and tired afterward.
Pump the Brakes
A lot of us want to power through a days’ workload and just get it over with without stopping. Or we take on projects that last for weeks or months with no breaks. This can actually be counterproductive and make you mentally lethargic or lead to burnout. Taking a break helps you recharge and can increase your motivation and creativity. Stand up from your desk at least once an hour and move your body around. Go for short walks if your job allows it and definitely don’t eat lunch at your desk or workspace.
Sit Up Straight and Cut the Caffeine
They are simple steps but easily forgotten so a little reminder doesn’t hurt. You should also keep an eye on your posture and remember to roll your shoulders back every once in a while. Keeping a clean workspace is also recommended. You can lower the potential of added stress just by being organized. Lastly, and maybe the hardest thing when you work long and late hours, try to minimize your caffeine consumption. You need to sleep well to work well and overall be well.