Staying Healthy When Your Schedule Is Hectic
14th October 2016
Most people live in a world that consists of work, eat, sleep, repeat. That’s not even taking into consideration other factors such as children, family and exercise. If you feel like most days you’re running around like a headless chicken trying to fit a million and one things into the day, then the last thing you might feel like doing is donning your gym kit and heading for a workout. So here’s some tips on how to stay healthy even when you’re run off your feet.
Buy a Bigger Diary
You schedule your work commitments and personal life, so why not your workouts? Sit down on a Sunday and plan your week and add your workouts to your diary like you would any other obligation. This way you can clearly keep track of when you are due to exercise and unless another commitment runs over excessively, you can’t get away with telling yourself you didn’t have the time. Also, by seeing the diary entry beforehand, you can gear yourself up for it. One extra tip would be to make sure your gym is convenient to you, as you don’t want to be trudging across the city every morning then back again to get to work. Find a gym that is near your work or home to make the process that little bit less stressful.
Seize your Saturday. You’ve dropped the kids off at some sort of extra curricular activity, and now finally you have some free time! Make the most of it by booking into a class at the gym or planning a run. Don’t simply go home and pick up toys, do the ironing or wash the car. Instead, head to the gym and spend an hour doing something that is going to chase away the stress of your work week, and make you feel fantastic and motivated for the rest of the weekend.
Plan Your Lunches
We’re all guilty of grabbing something quick and easy for lunch, whether it be a shop-bought sandwich, fish and chips or simply crisps and chocolate treats to get you through the horror of the afternoon ahead of you. To save yourself these extra calories (and a few extra pennies too), spend five or ten minutes preparing a nutritious lunch that will keep hunger pains at bay. Some great lunch ideas are wraps, salads and those colourful, DIY instant noodle jars. As an extra tip, if adding a workout into your morning routine leaves little time for breakfast, have some healthy breakfast options at work such as porridge sachets, yoghurts, fruit or a jar of organic peanut butter.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
Whether it’s the stress of work swirling around your head or the pitter patter of tiny feet running into your room at 6am, sometimes its hard to sleep right through until your alarm. Instead of lying there awake, why not get up and workout? Head to the gym or lock yourself in the spare room and spend an hour doing yoga and you will feel refreshed, full of energy and ready for whatever the day throws at you.
Dates With Your Mates
Sometimes we all need a little bit of a push in the right direction or a helping hand with motivation. One of the best ways to fit exercise into your schedule is to plan gym dates with your friends. So book onto a class together, plan a run with your buddy or even ask your work colleagues to go for a power walk on your lunch break. The best thing about working out with friends is that it’s much more fun and the time will fly by. Plus, you can hit two birds with one stone- seeing your friends and staying fit at the same time.
Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. Nobody is perfect. Being healthy is about finding balance, not perfection.