You want to lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body. After all, it’s the only one you’re ever going to get. But sometimes, it may seem as though the realities of 21st century living are conspiring against your attempts to live healthily. Many of us are working harder and for longer hours than ever before. It’s not for nothing that the US is largely recognized as the most overworked nation in the world. What’s more, the nature of our work and workplaces can also work against us. Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time sitting at work, and that can lead to poor posture, digestive issues, weight gain and a number of more serious health problems. What’s more, the stress of day-to-day living (especially for working parents) can become chronic, triggering the body’s inflammation response in reaction to external stressors.
With more demands on our time and energy than ever, how do we manage to live a healthy life? Fortunately, there are a number of time saving hacks that can make a huge difference. Here are some easy ways to stay healthy, no matter how busy your schedule…
Cramming your 5 portions of veggies and fruit a day can be tricky. Especially when you don’t have the time to cook yourself 3 nutritious meals a day. Don’t let yourself be tempted by those sugary, fatty and salty treats in the breakroom vending machine. Instead, start your day with a nutritious smoothie. A good combination of protein powder (whey, pea, rice etc.), veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds should give you the vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, complex carbs and healthy fats you need to stay on top form throughout your day. What’s more the combination of fiber, protein and fats will help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and prevent cravings.
Even when you take shortcuts to get your wholefoods fix, it can still be tricky to get all the micro and macronutrients you need for good health inside and outside every day. Fortunately, there are no shortage of places where you can get good quality vitamin supplements online. Take a look at the SunHealth AZ Website for some good examples. Of course, supplements aren’t a substitute for a healthy diet. But they can help to fill in the gaps left by your meals and snacks so your body gets peak nourishment every day.
Work 15 minute workouts into your schedule
Between your duties at work and your duties as a parent, hitting the gym 3-4 times a week might seem like a pipe dream. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a satisfying workout. There are a number of 15 minute workouts that will give your body a range of benefits without devouring your busy schedule.
Make mindfulness meditation a part of your daily routine
Finally, it’s essential to be able to manage stress and maintain mental serenity to be truly healthy in mind and body. And mindfulness meditation is a great way to do this. It only takes a few minutes and you can even do it in the car on your way to work. But making it a part of your daily schedule can help you to manage stress, maintain mental clarity and get a restful night’s sleep.