How to Stay Fit on a Tight Schedule
Perhaps one of the biggest hindrances to one’s ability to get fit or stay fit is time. After coming home from work, often it’s after 6:30pm and all people really want to do is grab some dinner and relax. It’s incredibly easy to fall into a routine that cuts out exercise completely due a simple lack of time and energy. Here are some quick and easy tips on how to stay healthy even when you’re busy.
First of all, don’t underestimate the power of a good walk. If you don’t have the time or energy to walk both to and from work, choose one. The better of the two is the walk home after work because you can pick up the pace a bit and work up a sweat. Try bringing some trainers with you to work and slip into them for a relaxing walk home. If you’re feeling really ambitious and want to burn more calories, you could even jog. This simple change to your daily routine can help to burn calories, loosen up your spine, relieve stress and even save money.
A second way to stay fit on a tight schedule is to be more aware of what you’re eating. Ready meals are undoubtedly convenient and provide for a quick, stress free dinner upon arriving home from work. But, oftentimes they are packed with saturated fats and are very high in salt content. If you are going to eat a ready meal, be aware that not all are created equal. Take a minute to read the ingredients and calorie content in the meals. Some will provide you with a couple servings of fruit and vegetables and are designed to be lower in sodium, while others are complete junk food. However, the best thing you can do is commit yourself to cooking a homemade dinner at least some of the time. A simple chicken and vegetable stir-fry is a great meal to start with. It is packed with protein and nutrients and can be cooked in under 20 minutes. Be sure to make enough for two or even three nights so you will spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the fruits of your labour. You could even alternate cooking meals with a roommate or spouse to save more time and introduce variety.
A final tip is to pack your lunch instead of eating lunch out every day. You could even decorate your own lunch pail with materials from Crafts Fabric for a fun and unique way to tote your meals to work. Even if you don’t do this every day, bringing your own lunch a few days a week is certainly better than nothing. It allows you to have control over what goes into your food, gives you awareness of the amount of calories you are consuming and even saves you money.
Staying fit while working hard can be tough to do, but incorporating a simple walk home for work in addition to homemade lunches and dinners can be a great first step towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
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