Health and Wellness for Busy People
Are you one of those people who is always promising to go to the gym “after this project” or “really soon,” but never actually getting to it? You don’t have to feel guilty, as most people today have so much going on in their lives that there never seems to be any time to really get into the health and fitness groove. What you should feel is scared, though. Your stressful life and unhealthy eating habits will catch up with you one of these days, and then you really will run out of time. Here are some ways you can squeeze health and fitness into your busy schedule without missing a beat,
American actor James Franco once said, “I don’t even like to sleep – I feel as if there’s too much to do.” The fact is, you achieve your best results when you have had an adequate amount of sleep. You might feel productive always being on the go and snatching sleep like a take-out order, but you probably would have gotten the same amount of work done in less time if you had slept properly. Take time to schedule proper sleep. You will feel and look better.
You can sneak in a good 20 minutes of exercise a day just walking. It may be at your office while you are on a conference call, at home while you are watching your favorite soap opera or walking the dog, or at the airport while waiting for your flight to be called. You do not notice how many minutes you spend just sitting or waiting that you can very well use to squeeze in some exercise. You can also use a treadmill or stationary bike if you have it.
Don’t skip meals and then have a huge one. It is bad for your blood sugar, your digestion, and your waistline. It is just as bad to keep getting it from the nearest fast food joint or hotdog stand. If you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals during the day, arrange to have a service deliver it to you. That way you can have fresh, healthy meals when you need it. It can be expensive, but if you consider the money you will save on medical bills, it comes out to about even.
You need to unwind at the end of a stressful day, or you could be in for one heck of a heart attack or stroke. A hot bath, a head massage, or a quiet half hour reading with your kids should do the trick. If the best you can manage is television or a few funny videos online, then make it a point to find something funny. Laughter is the best medicine to stress.
These suggestions are easy enough for anyone to fit into a busy schedule. However, they need to become habits. They are next to useless if you only do them for one week and then go back to your old ways. The only way that these can have a real impact on your health and fitness is if you do it regularly.