Healthy habits for busy lifestyles
When you’re busy it can be hard to find the time to exercise or focus on your diet. Whilst it can be very difficult to think about these things if you are under pressure at work, it’s not impossible. Improving your overall health and wellbeing will help you to reach your potential at work.
You don’t have to take hours out of your busy schedule to exercise or go on a crazy diet, you just have to rethink the way you do things. There are some clever ways you can stay fit and healthy, without giving up too much of your valuable time. Here are some healthy habits and tips for people with busy lifestyles.
Cycle/walk/run to work
A fantastic way to get some daily exercise is to walk, cycle or even run to work. You don’t have to do it every day, just a few days a week will make a big difference. Lots of companies offer the cycle to work scheme, which is funded by the government.
You can save 25% on a new bike and spread the cost. If you have access to showers at work and don’t live too far away then you could occasionally run to work. Doing exercise before work can help boost your productivity and get your day off to a great start.
Use your lunch break to exercise
Instead of wasting your lunch break doing nothing, use it to do something productive. Take part in an exercise class or simply go on a refreshing walk. If you have time you could pop to the gym, even a 45 minute or 30 minute workout is worthwhile.
Join a gym near work
If you join a gym near work, you can easily pop to the gym before or after work. You could even go on your lunch break if you find a gym that’s near enough. If your gym is convenient to get to you will be more likely to actually go.
Have regular breaks
Don’t try and go through the day without taking any breaks. You might think you don’t have time for a break, but not taking a break will be detrimental to your work. Taking regular breaks makes you more productive, enables you to make better decisions and helps boost your creativity. You can also use your breaks to do a bit of exercise. For example, you could go for a walk or go up and down a few flights of stairs to get your circulation going after sitting at a desk for hours.
Drink plenty of water
When you are staring at a computer and glued to your work you can easily forget to drink. Always have some fresh water on your desk so that you can keep hydrated. If you struggle to drink water, spice it up with some fresh fruit such as lemon and lime.
Avoid crash diets
Embarking on an epic crash diet isn’t a good idea at the best of times. If you are really busy and work hard then the last thing you want to do is starve yourself. Your body needs enough fuel to keep working efficiently. Instead of going on a fad crash diet, just eat well. You won’t get much work done if you don’t have any energy.
Cut out all the junk
Try and cut all the rubbish out from your diet. Eat more healthy foods and eliminate the things you don’t really need such as cakes, sweets, foods high in saturated fat and junk food in general. Avoid foods that are extremely high in salt and sugar. Sugar will make you crash and will have an impact on your productivity. If you eat badly then you will feel rubbish and this can influence your work ethic.
Have a high protein breakfast
Many busy people simply skip breakfast altogether. This is a bad mistake. The saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is actually true, especially for people with busy lifestyles. If you skip breakfast, then you won’t have anything decent to eat until lunchtime. You will feel hungry all morning and find it hard to concentrate. Try and have a substantial breakfast every morning, and preferably a high protein breakfast which will help you to stay fuller for longer.
Reduce your caffeine intake
Having a coffee can give you a burst of energy, but you shouldn’t drink too much caffeine. It can actually make you anxious and as your body gets used to the caffeine, you need more to keep you going. Try and occasionally swap a caffeinated drink for a herbal tea or hot water with lemon, you will feel better for it.