13 Jan 11 Ways Busy People Can Stay Healthy
Being too busy has become the trend of today. While not much has changed regarding our average working hours, today’s busyness is caused by lots of factors. You multitask. You do multiple income streams to make both ends meet while taking care of the kids at home. You struggle to become more productive at work. And, well, you just don’t want to miss out on something. All this makes life too busy.
However, this busyness can backfire at you when you’re not careful. Just like a machine, your body and mind need a break for proper maintenance and optimal functions. If you fail to do this, you run the risk of illness, which can hurt your schedule and decrease productivity.
Being too busy is not enough reason not to do the things that can make you healthy. Stop comparing yourself with others who spend hours at the gym doing vigorous workouts. Their life journey is much different from yours. Even if you have only a few minutes, you still can stay healthy if you know how to use your time and resources wisely.
Below are simple tips for you to remain healthy and sane while hopping from one task to another.
A regular exercise routine is ideal. Wake up 15 or 30 minutes earlier in the morning to take a walk, jog or run. If it’s impossible for you to squeeze a few minutes in the morning, exercising at night still provides ample benefits.
Doing some stretches, lunges or pushups can help during TV commercials. If you’re not a TV fan, how about exercising while at work? Park your car a bit farther from your office and take a walk. You can also take the stairs instead of the elevator or pace while answering your phone.
Exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous to become effective. As long as you keep your body moving every once in a while, you’ll manage to stay healthy and fit.
Make smoothies for breakfast
You are what you eat. This might be an old adage but one that has always been true and effective. Begin your day healthy by preparing smoothies for breakfast.
Smoothies allow you to absorb more fiber and nutrients just in one glass. Adding protein and carbs to your smoothies reduces your food cravings because it makes you feel full. Good carbs also serve as fuel to make you more productive. Smoothies are also healthy snack alternatives.
Stock healthy foods in the fridge
One of the best ways to refrain from eating unhealthy food is to take it away from your sight. Instead of filling your fridge with ice cream, cakes, and sugary drinks, fill it with frozen but healthy foods. Add fruits and veggies on your grocery list and put them in clear containers in your fridge for easy retrieval.
While fresh produce is ideal in a perfect world, this isn’t so when you’re juggling with too many things on your plate. Your best option would be to go with frozen foods, which you can heat when the need arises.
Luckily, some food businesses are geared toward supporting your health goals, offering you healthy meals with just a call away.
Plan your meals
If you have time on the weekends, planning your meals for the week is a big help in staying healthy. You can cook your meals for the upcoming week and reheat them when it’s time to eat. This way you avoid rushing to fast food when you’re too busy to cook your own food.
Prepare quick meals
If you have, say 10 minutes, you can prepare your meals with quick-cooking recipes. Learn from the internet the quick but healthy recipes you can knock up in an instant. Most often, they’re vegetable salads and frittatas.
Bring food to work
You’re more likely to eat joyfully and confidently when you know what’s on your plate. This only happens when you prepare your own meals. Besides, adding healthy ingredients to your recipes is fun and exciting. Taking your meals to work not only makes you healthy but also saves you time and money not going out for lunch.
One of the lessons we get from trees is to drink lots of water. Even trees that don’t sweat need water, how much more humans who constantly lose fluid through sweat, urine, and other physiological means.
Hydrating yourself with water is the healthiest option. Sweetened drinks can quench your thirst only in the short run as sugar causes dehydration. Fluid loss can lead to headaches and fatigue.
Take power naps
Experts say afternoon naps provide your body with the much-needed energy and focus to stay productive until the end of the day. Taking power naps at least 20 minutes is enough to make you alert and improve your performance.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Striving for more productivity doesn’t come along well with unhealthy habits such as heavy drinking or smoking. These bad habits are popular for their ill effects on the body.
You might be wondering why it takes longer for that promotion to come up. Check your habits then. Your unhealthy lifestyle might have been hurting your productivity and performance and even your attendance at work due to occasional illnesses caused by drinking and smoking.
Your mental health plays a crucial role in your productivity. When your body is tired, your mental capacity also plummets. But you don’t have to wait to get too stressed to take care of your mental health.
More and more organizations are encouraging their members or employees to go into meditation to stay away from stress, declutter their minds, and remain calm. Meditation not only enables your mind to have that much-needed downtime but your body as well.
Meditation calms your nervous system, making you feel relaxed and rested. Lots of guided meditations are available online so there’s no need for you to freak out when too many things interfere with your meditation attempts. Listening to meditation music also helps.
In a busy world, your body may not be able to get all the nutrients you need. Taking dietary supplements can be one of the best ways to stay healthy. Go for supplements that are more natural instead of synthetic ones.
If you’re a male and in your 40s or above, you may need to take supplements that boost testosterone. Your body’s ability to produce this essential male hormone normally declines in the 30s. Without enough testosterone, you might face issues including low energy, low sex drive, muscle and bone loss, and others.