Maintaining a healthy and an active lifestyle should definitely be one of your top priorities. Only by taking care of yourself do you have a chance to become a person you strive to be, both at home and at office. However, it still doesn’t mean that maintaining such lifestyle is easy.
The matter of the fact is most people simply don’t have the time to pay close attention to their eating habits, while making sure that they get the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Despite of all of those time-saving tools and apps, everyone seems to be too busy.
During the last century the predictions sounded more than promising, for instance, according to The Economist, in 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that people today will only work around 3 hours a day, and probably by choice. But the reality is quite different.
So what are people doing with their time anyway?
Too Busy to Lead a Healthy Life
If you take a look at the aforementioned The Economist article, you’ll see that an average worker aged between 18 and 54 works around 9 hours per day and sleeps almost 8. By looking at raw numbers, you could easily assume that people today have more than enough free time.
But we are not looking at the full picture, because you have to take into account that around 22% of lowered skilled workers had not worked at all during the last twelve months. With that in mind, you quickly realize that people don’t as much free time as one would assume.
And what does all of this this mean? Well, even if you’re dealing with a hectic schedule, it still doesn’t mean that you can afford not to exercise and retain a healthy diet. And that’s why; you have to find a way to manage a healthy work-life balance.
How to Stay Fit on the Fly
· Plan Your Meals Ahead
For starters, if you don’t have enough time to cook every single day, it would be smart to pick one day during the week, and prepare a bulk of the food you’re planning to eat throughout the week. This will help you avoid fast food restaurants and take outs. And if you don’t have enough time to go shopping every single week, consider using a service such as Home Chef, which drops off groceries to your front door on a weekly basis.
· Try to Work Out Efficiently
In order to have a short, effective workout, you need to pick a couple of exercises you could do basically anywhere – whether you’re traveling on a holiday or getting home from the office. It would be great if you select a form of exercise that does not require too much preparation and allows you to accomplish impressive physical gains in just a few months like the famous HIIT training.
· Keep Track of Your Habits
First, you should take your calendar (you could always use the phone of course), make a note every time you work out and write down how many calories you’ve consumed each day (it doesn’t have to be an exact number). This will allow you to see your process, identify some areas that need improvement and make quick adjustments on the fly.
· Commit to a Schedule
Last but not least, we have to talk about all of those unexpected situations you are bound to come across in the future. So let’s say that you suddenly have to pick up your sister’s kids from school, what should you do? Cancel your training session? In short, yes, but it also means that you always need to have a backup plan in case emergencies like this happen, because this will allow you to deal with any situation without ruining your workout schedule.
All of the tips we mentioned above will definitely help you improve your diet, exercising routine and overall healthy habits – no matter how busy you are. The bottom line is – you need to commit to making your health a priority in your life – never settle for less than feeling fit and healthy.
So those were some of our nutrition and exercise tips, what are your thoughts on the subject? Did we miss anything crucial? If you feel like you have anything to add, make sure to leave a comment bellow and tell us all about it. By Vanessa Davis
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic-based recipes for herself and her kids.