Are you one of those people who are up to their eyeballs at work and feel like there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done? Are your days jam-packed with responsibilities and obligations, leaving no time for you to focus on your health and well-being? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Millions of people worldwide are plodding to balance their busy schedules with their health and fitness goals. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You just need to be creative and find ways to fit healthy habits into your already hectic routine.

Start small and stick to it because we all know a prepackaged granola bar is a lot easier to grab on the go than an avocado. And if you struggle remembering to drink water throughout the day, set reminders on your phone or carry a water bottle at all times.

Here are some other tips for squeezing healthy habits into your super busy schedule:

Start Your Day with A Smile (And Breakfast, of course!)

Remember childhood when mom wouldn’t let you leave for school without having breakfast? Well, it turns out she was on to something. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s been linked with better memory and focus, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol, and reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. So don’t skip it! You can prepare plenty of healthy breakfast options in a jiffy, like oatmeal with fruit or a protein shake.

If you’re unconvinced about the importance of breakfast, call your nutritionist, and they will tell you the same thing: “You cannot function properly on an empty stomach.” Even a family nurse practitioner with an MSN FNP Degree will tell you that!

Weekends and Meal Preparation (Netflix too, Duh!)

Weekends are for self-love and care, aren’t they? We are assuming you aren’t the robo-worker who never takes a day off. If you are, please take this weekend to recharge your batteries! We all need at least two days out of the week when we can relax and do what we enjoy.

For most of us, that means sleeping in, catching up on our favorite shows, and spending time with family and friends. However, you can make it more productive by preparing your weekly meals in advance, going for a long walk or jogging in the park, or even taking a yoga class. You can also schedule some weekends for checkups with a physician and a dentist. Speaking of dentists, you can check out this one that offers crowns, bridges, and dental implants in chesapeake.

Microwave Makes a Good (and Hot!) Friend:

We all have heard how microwave meals are “bad” for our health. But what if we told you that they could actually be good for you – if you make them yourself, of course. That’s right! Homemade microwave meals can be just as healthy (and sometimes even healthier) than their store-bought counterparts. So if you’re short on time, consider whipping up a quick quinoa dish or veggie-packed soup in your microwave. Just make sure to avoid processed foods loaded with unhealthy ingredients.

If you pour in some flour with choc chips, egg, sugar, and oil in a cup, you will have a mug cake in less than five minutes to calm your sudden sweet cravings. Top it with some fruits or nuts, and you’ve got a balanced meal! Is a microwave your best friend already?

Full Meals Over Snacks (Yes, Doug!)

Popcorn while watching a movie, pizza over a late-night friend hangout, and cookies as an afternoon snack are all examples of unhealthy eating habits that can sabotage your health and fitness goals. If you’re looking to make healthier choices, opt for full meals instead of snacks. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also be getting the nutrients your body needs to function correctly.

So next time, instead of picking peanut butter and jelly with a side of celery sticks, go for a complete meal like grilled chicken with roasted vegetables and quinoa. It may take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth it!

Take the Stairs (Breathe In and Out)

Aah, the struggle! Escalators and elevators have rusted our muscles, and we have become too lazy to move our legs. But hear us out – taking the stairs is a great way to sneak some exercise into your busy schedule. It may not seem like much, but climbing a few flights of stairs every day can help you burn calories, improve your cardiovascular health, and tone your legs. So next time you’re in a rush, ditch the elevator and take the stairs instead.

If there’s another benefit you’re looking for, then you get ample brainstorming and self-talk time when you’re taking the stairs. No one to disturb you, no music, and best of all – no phone!

Interval Training to The Rescue (And All the Time-Saving)

According to a study conducted in Singapore in 2019, 43.8% of 4015 respondents agreed to understand the importance of work-life balance, whereas 4.1% still believed that working tirelessly and endlessly is the key to success. With that being said, we think it’s safe to say that most of us are looking for effective ways to make our lives a little bit easier. And what better way to do that than by incorporating interval training into your workout routine?

Interval training is a type of cardiovascular exercise that alternates between high and low-intensity periods. It’s not only more potent than traditional cardio, but it’s also shorter and less monotonous. So if you’re short on time, interval training is the way to go. Stop making excuses so you can avoid going to the gym; all you need now is a treadmill and twenty minutes!

Turn Your Main Distraction to Workout (Yep, Your TV!)

Clicking ‘Next Episode’ on every Inventing Anna episode has become our new hobby, and we’re not ashamed to admit it. Did you know, however, that your television set may be utilized as a tool to help you stay healthy? There are tons of workout videos available online that you can follow in the comfort of your own home while binge-watching your favorite show.

So next time you’re glued to the TV put on a pair of workout clothes and get moving. Your glutes and brains will love you for it! While you’re at it, sing your favorite songs out loud, no one’s judging you!

Good Bye Tech (And Stress, Phew!)

Regardless of what we believe, the fact is that the world of social media is F.A.K.E. False, Abrasive, Klout-driven, and Engulfing. It’s a world where people only show you what they want you to see, and that can be immensely damaging to your mental health. One of the most salutary things you can do to lead a healthier lifestyle is disconnecting from social media and the internet.

We know it’s easier said than done. But even taking a break for a day or two can do wonders for your mental health. So switch off your phone, log out of your social media accounts, and take a break from the digital world. Trust us; you’ll feel a lot better.

Ending Note:

There’s a lot more to life than spending all day sitting in front of a computer and being sedentary. By incorporating these few tips into your everyday routine, you can easily make your life  lot healthier and happier. Your family, pets, kitchen, and home all want to play a part in your life – let them! You only live once, so workout twice!