“I’m too busy to exercise…” “I’ll start exercising from Monday.” Sound familiar? Of course it does. We’ve all heard ourselves say something like this, right?
It’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle in today’s busy world. And it’s made harder by those friends bragging about how dedicated they are to exercise! Where do they find the time?!!
The reality is that it’s never a good idea to put your well-being at the bottom of a priority list. Getting enough sleep and rest, eating well and staying active not only help to boost your immune system but will also raise your energy levels, improve concentration and increase productivity.
The good news is that if you use these hacks, you can find time to incorporate healthy habits into the busiest of schedules!
Who says you need to go to the gym to get a workout? Without investing in a gym membership, you can build strength by simply doing as many of these bodyweight exercises as possible.
These exercises use your own mass as resistance. A full-body routine engages your core muscles and strengthens limbs. Bodyweight exercises require no special equipment or training gear and can be done anywhere, anytime, making it very difficult not to do them!
Travelling is no longer an excuse to skip exercise! There are a plethora of apps, many of them free, that help coach you through a routine without going to a gym or hiring a personal trainer. Most exercise apps will guide you through workout routines that you can do anywhere.
Apps like Nike+ Training Club offer all kinds of exercises, while Daily Yoga guides even the most inexperienced ‘yogis’ through meditation! If you’re rushed for time and can only spare a couple of minutes don’t worry, as the Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout app helps you stay active!
Enough activity. You also need to eat. And when on the road, those hotel buffets can be really tempting. The trouble is, it’s easy to overeat, especially with those big hotel plates.
From now onwards, try using a dessert plate because it has been scientifically proven that the size of your plate influences how much food you take. By switching to a smaller plate, you trick your mind into thinking that you have a fuller plate, hence making you stop that second or third round trip to the buffet! This trick can help decrease your food intake by 10%.
A good night’s sleep is a critical element of a healthier life. In fact, not getting enough sleep is detrimental to a healthy life, no matter how much exercise you get or how well you eat.
The recommended number of hours of sleep each person should get is between 7-9 hours, but most of us only get up to 6 hours of sleep due to commitments or poor self-discipline. Furthermore, if you get a better night’s sleep, your productivity will improve throughout the following day, and you will feel energised about life in general. So no matter how busy you are, be sure you get enough shut-eye!
This is not so much a hack, but it’s worth remembering that the only person getting in the way of you and a healthy life is yourself, not your busy schedule. The ultimate result of a change is when you execute it. You can plan your diet, download exercise apps, and do tons of research, but the result will never show until you do it and stick to it.
It takes discipline to look after yourself but remember your body is the only one you’ve got! Take care of it the best you can while you still can and it will take care of you.