We tend to do things that show us immediate benefits, like showing up for work regularly to get an expected paycheck on a certain date. And when we’re so busy keeping up with everything that fills up our schedule, it can be hard to make time to prioritize our health, especially when its benefits aren’t immediately felt and can’t be expected on a certain date.
It’s time to make health goals a priority and find ways to incorporate healthy habits NOW. One day you’ll find that although you’ve been able to make up for lost money, you won’t be able to make up for the lost time spent without practicing healthy habits. Here are 5 tips to get started.
1. Start the day right
Set the tone for your whole day by using the morning to prepare yourself. Start by eating a healthy, filling breakfast full of protein, fiber, and complex carbs to help stave off hunger and keep you sharp and focused. Use the morning to prep snacks and drinks for the rest of your day as well. Quickly run through your schedule in your mind and when you’ll have time to eat and plan accordingly for those times. This may mean packing a lunch or mentally preparing yourself to make healthy choices if eating out.
2. Turn your Regular Activities into Exercise
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get at least 150 of moderate physical activity each week, which breaks down to 30 minutes, 5 days per week. To accomplish this health objective, turn regular activities into bouts of physical activity. You can park at the end of the parking lot and speed-walk to the building, or even do a lap or two around the parking lot before going on to get a few extra steps in. Do simple body-weight exercises on your break or during lunch, like 20 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, and a 1-minute plank to start each day. When you go grocery shopping, alternate finding items on opposite sides of the store so you get more walking in.
3. Supplement what you lack
When it comes down to it, we just can’t be perfect all of the time when it comes to our diet. There will be days when we accidentally sleep in and don’t eat a healthy breakfast, or we just feel like splurging at lunch for a celebration. For whatever reason, we rarely do everything necessary to care for our whole health like we should. To fill any gaps in nutrition that we probably have, consider taking a daily supplement to get the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy.
4. Buy multiple reusable water bottles
Avoid vending machine temptation by having reusable water bottles you can grab and refill throughout the day to stay hydrated. Drinking your calories is a fast way to gain weight and load up on excess sugar and caffeine. By having several different reusable water bottles you won’t have to worry about cleaning yours every morning or forgetting it altogether if you don’t have time.
5. Keep tabs on your weight and calories
Use an activity tracking device (like a fitbit or smartwatch) or even an app on your phone to quickly log the calories you eat throughout the day and get an idea of how many calories your body needs to maintain, lose, or gain weight, depending on your fitness goals. Tracking your progress can help you choose healthy options and portions throughout the day.
Consistent healthy habits and practices are the keys to longevity and a high quality of life. It takes years of healthy choices to achieve and maintain a healthy body, and it’s not something you can make up for or do overnight when the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle have taken their toll. So follow these tips to invest in yourself and your future by prioritizing your health.