No matter how much you may want to make healthy choices, it can feel like there simply isn’t time. When running out the door, it’s easier to grab a pre-packaged granola bar than whip up a veggie scramble. And when faced with the decision to work an extra hour or head to yoga, it can be tough to convince yourself to get up and break that productivity stride.
But what if we told you it’s actually possible to be both the busiest and the healthiest version of yourself? It’s always easier said than done, but the impact a few changes can have on your mind and body is totally worth it.
1. Walk it out
The average job requires sitting in front of a computer for a majority of the day. Add that to sitting down for dinner and driving or taking the train to work, and that means you’re on your butt for 70 percent of an average workday. Sneak in some exercise by running errands on foot, taking the stairs, parking farther away from your destination, or getting off the subway a stop before you actually need to. All those extra steps add up!
2. Eat meals instead of snacking all day
When you’re crazy busy, it can feel like there’s no time to sit down and enjoy a full meal. Instead, it seems easier to grab a handful of trail mix here, a string cheese there, a bag of pretzels between meetings, and various other nibbles before calling it a day. Although it may not feel like you’re eating as much, all-day snacking often end up consuming more calories than their meal-eating counterparts. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy meals to put together quickly and eat on-the-go.
3. Stay hydrated.
Eight glasses of water a day can help keep the doctor away. Getting plenty of H2O also helps keep you full, energized, and extra focused. To help remind yourself to drink up, keep a water bottle at your desk or set reminders on your phone. Even more incentive: Drinking water also helps cure hangovers (or avoid them completely) and keeps colds at bay.
4. Make three-ingredient meals.
Peanut butter and jelly on whole-wheat bread is an obvious choice here, but there’s an entire world of easy and delicious combinations out there. Take stuffed sweet potatoes, pancakes, and chili, for example. Minimal grocery shopping and preparation, maximum flavor. Plus these meals can be super healthy too.
5. Try interval training.
Busy schedules often mean working out gets left to the wayside. But you actually don’t need more than 20 minutes to get a great workout. In fact, short bursts of high-intensity exercises can actually be more effective. So instead of promising to hit the gym tomorrow, hop on the treadmill, do some sprints, and enjoy the post-workout energy boost. Bonus: Regular exercise even helps you sleep better.