Today I wanted to take some time to focus in on how to stay healthy when you are living a busy life. This can be for mom’s who split their time between working and taking care of their kids, people who are simply overworked and don’t have much time for personal care, or can be for individuals who need a few simple steps to keep them on track. I share these tips out of experience and am still trying to find complete balance (if that even exists) between all of my avenues in life.
What does Being Healthy even mean?
“Being Healthy” can become such a controversial topic since everyone defines this term differently. To me, being healthy is implementing changes in your life that will benefit your mind and body. They can be as big as tracking what you eat to lose weight – or a small task of drinking enough water each day. The great thing about the term, “being healthy” is YOU get to decide what that looks like for you and your life.
Creating Healthy To-Go Meals
I know, I know. If you are on a busy schedule when are you supposed to find the time to create a few healthy meals and snacks? I get it, I do. You can create a few small meals and snacks in under 30 minutes to keep in your pantry or in the fridge that will allow you to get nutrients in your body to hold you over until you can get a full meal in. A few of my favorite to-go snack are pre-portioned nuts, dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, and string cheese. My preferred simple quick are:healthy pasta salad, yogurt parfaits, and mason jar salads. I love using Pinterestto find new meals to incorporate into my busy schedule.
Schedule Your Workouts
Schedule your workouts with the mentality that it is an IMPORTANT appointment that you cannot miss. When I was establishing my workout routine, this habit was monumental in keeping me on track. When I schedule my workouts, I put in the day and time of each workout during the week. It helps me plan out the week and work around my workout so that I can truly get it in.
Workout Wherever You Can
The one thing I learned early on my quest for fitness – is that it doesn’t matter where you workout – it matters that you worked out. A great workout can mean very different things to different people. It doesn’t mean you have to be working out at the gym, or attend a class. (BUT if you do prefer to workout in those ways – make sure to schedule them into your calendar so you can make it happen.) Working out at home can still be an efficient and killer workout. If you need a few tips of what workout equipment you should be keeping around the house to get in a great workout, check out this blog.
Find a Workout Routine that Works for You
If you are a busy mom, working 9-5, then taking care of the kids when you get home – then a 2 hour intense gym workout MAY not be the best for you. AND if this is how you are trying to workout, and can’t get it done – you may be sabotaging yourself. Find a workout routine that will fit your schedule, abilities, and equipment available. There are tons of workout routines on Pinterest that only take your body weight to complete.
Take a Look at Your Spare Time
A lot of people have the excuse that they don’t have time to stay healthy and fit.
Now look at where you are spending your time. Are you sitting on the couch scrolling through Social Media during any time of the day? Do you watch TV for any amount of time? DO YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? If not, try to take a serious look at where you are spending your time. If being healthy is a real priority to you; you will find time to do these things to improve and support your health.
Your health is your priority, but that doesn’t mean you should be putting pressure on yourself. Be understanding. You can only do as much as your life allows. The great thing about life is that we go through different seasons throughout our life. You may not have too much time on your hands – and a quick 15-20 minute workout is all you can get in, but maybe in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years – you will be in a different season which can allow you to have a different workout routine.
Find beauty in the current season you are in. Take in all life has to offer in this moment right now.
Find ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your routine. What works for one person – may not work for you. It is an ever-changing process that should adapt to your current life situation.