By Getrude Matayo
When you are balancing schedules; it can be hard to maintain healthy habits. It is so easy to just grab a fast-food lunch or sleep in until the last possible minute when you are stressed and busy all the time.
By preparing food ahead of time, exercising whenever you have the opportunity, and rewarding yourself for healthy living, you can have a fit, healthy lifestyle no matter what your schedule looks like
Eat a healthy breakfast. Never skip breakfast no matter how busy you are. Skipping breakfast will decrease your productivity by making you tired, lethargic, and prone to stress.
Avoid drinking or eating out too often. Alcohol and restaurant food are both high in calories, low in nutritional content, and can make you tire and sluggish. If you still want to go out with your friends, consider bringing a healthy snack along.
Drink lots of water. You will save a lot of calories and feel better physically by switching to water for most of your liquid intake. Too much caffeine and sugar in your drinks can increase your exhaustion and decrease your energy levels.
Look for hidden opportunities to exercise. If you are completely unable to schedule a specific workout, look at your routine, and see how you can add exercise to the schedule you already have. You don’t need to block out an hour at the gym every day to add more fitness to your routine.
Think positive, helpful thought. Staying positive will decrease your stress and exhaustion levels, making it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle despite a busy schedule. When you become tired or irritated at work or school, think about the things that you enjoy.
Get plenty of sleep. When you are juggling a busy schedule, cutting back on sleep can seem like a good idea, but it will actually make you less healthy and more stressed out. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep so take a look at your schedule and see what you can change to ensure that you get into bed at a reasonable hour.
Give yourself rewards. You will be less stressed and motivated to continue eating healthy and exercising if you have a goal to work towards. Rewards can be anything you enjoy but be careful to avoid giving junk food rewards.
Reevaluate your priorities. Take some time to think about all of your obligations. Are some of them not actually productive or helpful? Have you taken on too much responsibility? If so consider cutting back on your obligations in favor of spending more time because of your health.