Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had the time to workout and eat healthier?” Most of us already have work, kids, school, and a packed social life keeping us busy, so who wants to worry about being healthy? One, if not all, of the following scenarios probably describes your current routine. The good news is this means you can have a healthy lifestyle! And you won’t have to make any drastic changes either!
1. The CEO in Training
Wake up at 5:45am, arrive at the office by 7:30am, shackled to your desk ‘til well past dinner, and completely exhausted by the time you hit the couch. At this point, you can probably barely move, yet alone drag yourself all the way to the gym.
The solution: Instead of forcing yourself to workout everyday, try to incorporate cardio and healthier eating choices into your daily schedule. Take the elevator? Use the stairs. Surfing the Internet at lunch? Walk around outside instead. Tempted by the Snickers in the vending machine? Have a stash of healthy snacks stored in your desk drawer. Skipping dinner? Don’t even think about it!
2. The Late Night Grad Student
Have an assignment due at midnight? Well then bring on the red bulls and potato chips! Late night binges and pointless munching could be ruining your chances of rocking a cut-off shirt. I’m thinking about a slice of double chocolate cake just writing this article!
The solution: Since you probably spend a couple hours a day on your computer, use this time to prepare perfectly portioned healthy meals and snacks. Before you start working, throw some sweet potatoes and chicken breasts in the oven to bake for the next hour. When they’re done, split amongst a few Tupperware containers and voila, no more excuses for senselessly eating an entire jar of peanut butter.
3. The Frantic New Mom
Finding a few minutes of “me time” can be challenging, so scheduling two hours at the gym is about as feasible as traveling to Mars. Since you’re probably overwhelmed with your child’s needs, you end up placing your health on the back burner. However, it takes a healthy mom to raise a healthy child, so “letting yourself go” is not a viable option.
The solution: Spend as much time actively playing with your child as possible. There is a reason kids need naps and that’s because when they’re awake they don’t stop moving! You can utilize both to your advantage by completing cardio when the kids are up and preparing healthy snacks when they’re asleep. With children, you never know what the day will have in store, so I suggest having a couple “to go” meals set out in the fridge. This could include a container of hummus and veggies, plain Greek yogurt and apple slices, or just a small portion of leftovers from last night’s meal.
4. The Dedicated Socialite
Lunch date with the girls, happy hour specials, loaded nachos, and the occasional weekend getaway all have two things in common – they are incredibly enjoyable and incredibly destructive to your diet. Most of our social activities revolve around food and alcohol, so it can be extremely difficult to remain healthy, while still having fun!
The solution: If you’re meeting up with friends for lunch or dinner, order a house salad as an appetizer. This way when everyone dives face first into the fried sampler platter, you also will have something to munch on and won’t feel tempted. When it comes to alcohol, try ordering a drink along with a glass of water. You can alternate between the two and decrease your calorie consumption overall. Although, if you get the frozen strawberry daiquiri… no amount of water can save you, so choose your drink wisely!
Let Me Know: What’s stopping you from living a healthy life? Is there a way I can help?
– ALYSE SCAFFIDI
Alyse Scaffidi is the founder of Bite Sized Fitness. She is a Doctorate of Pharmacy student and knows how hard it is to make time for your health. Check out the sites below for more motivational tips, delicious recipes, and ideas for healthy eating.