10 Tricks To Finding Time To Be Healthy

10 Tricks To Finding Time To Be Healthy

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Tricks to Finding Time To Be Healthy

It really is kinda crazy that the first thing we forgo when we are busy, is our health. Usually, the busier we are, the more our health deteriorates.

I hear it all the time from my clients. They will tell me: “I’m just too busy to be bothered worrying about being healthy”.  Or they have excuses like: “I will start eating healthy from next week, when things are less busy.”

The biggest problem I have with these excuses, is that our lives are always busy, and the reality is there will always be something that is going on to distract us.  What you need to start doing is implementing healthy habits right away so that being healthy is the norm, and being unhealthy is what happens when you are busy or on holidays or celebrating special occasions (not the other way around!).

I really do understand what it is like to be busy. As a worker, a business owner, and a newlywed wife, I know just how intense and crazy life can be. I know that making the decision to live a healthy life might also seem really overwhelming at first.

You might not really know how the hell you will find the time to exercise, go shopping, to buy and make healthy foods for all your meals while all the time still going to work and spending time with your family and friends. Phew! It definitely can make the mind spin!

Now I’m not going to say that I am perfect all the time, and that I never slip-up, but I do feel confident in saying that I am healthy 80% of the time, and would say that my lifestyle overall is very healthy.

I manage this, even though I am busy.  If I can do it, so can you! So I want to share with you some things you can easily squeeze into your daily life so that you can start being healthy right away- no more excuses!

  •     Plan your meals ahead of time

This is number one, because this is the number one time saver for me in my life. I got sooooo sick of coming home and having to stress about what to make for dinner, and then tearing through my recipe books trying to find something with the ingredients I had in my fridge, and feeling really anxious, that I decided something needed to change.

So I started to spend time on a Sunday afternoon before we head off to do our weekly grocery shop, and I plan what meals I will make for me and my husband in the next week. I then write down the ingredients I need to buy, and then I just follow the plan. It really makes life less stressful and so much easier.

To plan well, you need to think ahead and get a picture in your mind of your week ahead and your schedule. Figure out how many days you will be home for each meal, and decide what you will prepare. Maybe you need to plan lunches to take to work with you, and snacks for if you are out and about. Really feel into your week, and then plan around it.

Not only will doing this mean you will definitely have all the ingredients you need to make all the recipes you have planned, but you will know exactly what you are making, and will have no more excuses for not eating at home. You will also save time making several trips to the shop and save money by not eating out. And of course home cooked food is healthier too!

I have a meal planner template that you can download from here to help get you started!

  • Look out for pre-packaged foods

When you are doing your weekly shopping, see if you are able to buy fresh veg, salad greens and fruit already washed and pre-cut. I will always grab bags of the pre-washed salad greens and baby spinach, and buy any pre-cut fruit such as pineapple and watermelon. This will mean you are more likely to make lunch or dinner because throwing together a meal is super easy and again you will avoid going to restaurants ir ordering take away.

On this topic I also want to say that frozen fruits and veg are totally fine to use. Fresh is always best in terms of taste but frozen foods are usually snap frozen so nutritionally they are fresh and having a package of frozen peas, corn and fruit in the freezer is super handy to have.

  • Prepare your fresh produce

When you bring all your produce home, the first thing you should do is wash everything thoroughly (I use Vegetable Wash to do this, soaking everything in big containers of water for about 15-20 minutes). Once washed, dry everything off in the dish drainer, then put it away into the fridge.  This way you will know everything has already been washed and is ready to eat.

You can take this a step further and also chop up your vegetables, storing them in containers in the fridge where they will stay fresh. This simple step of washing and pre-cutting your produce will save you heaps of preparation time during the week when you are busier.

  • Double Up

This is another simple time-saver. When you cook a meal, double the recipe. This way, leftovers from dinner can be used for lunch the next day. Or your smoothie can be drunk for two days or for two snacks in the one day.

You can also put leftovers into containers and store them in the freezer and then just defrost and reheat the meal for another day in the next week or even month.

  •  Learn to KISS 7-8 Meals

If you have an image of me spending my whole life in the kitchen because I am healthy….well, it just isn’t true. I keep things simple during the week and save the weekend for being more creative.

Midweek, I pretty much eat the same thing every day. That is how I KISS (Keep It Simple Smarty). I always have a green smoothie for breakfast, with leftovers saved in a jar for the afternoon.  I will snack on fresh fruit in the morning. Lunch is almost always a salad made of salad greens tossed with some beans, tomato, cucumber and avocado, then sprinkled with some seeds. Dinner is usually one of about 8 things that I have on rotation. Most of those dinners take me less than 30 minutes to make. Breakfast takes less than ten minutes to make,  and I prepare my lunch while I am making dinner. I spend about an hour a day tops in the kitchen.

What you need to do is get into a routine, and also choose 7-8 meals that take no longer than 30 minutes to prep and cook. You can really get back to basics with your meals. Fill a pot with a grain, a green, and a bean and mix together with spices for a super simple yet healthy meal.

  • Do 5 Minutes Bursts of Activity

I’ve talked a lot about food, but movement is also important. I know myself just how hard it can be to traipse to the gym every day. If you are super busy, you don’t have to let your fitness decline. Instead you can look at ways of incorporating 5 minute bursts of movement into your day.

A 10 or 15 minute workout is better than nothing when  you don’t have time for a full hour at the gym, and every minute counts toward improving your fitness level, reducing stress and strengthening your heart and muscles.

Take the stairs, walk to your colleagues office rather than email them, move around while talking on the phone, take a walk around the block after your lunch.Get creative1

A client of mine starting wearing a pedometer and it was a huge motivator for her. She would challenge herself to increase the number of steps she took each day and it meant she definitely found creative ways to move throughout the day which she otherwise wouldn’t have taken.

I personally love the app called 7 Minutes which provides a 7 minute circuit that you can do at home and requiring no equipment. A minute spent exercising always beats a minute spent sitting down and doing nothing!

  •  Invest in Home Exercise Equipment

I used to think that having home exercise equipment was silly as it would just collect dust and never get used. However on days when I am really busy and thetre is no way I have time to head out again to go to the gym, then I just jump onto my exercise bike, plug some music into my ears and do a quick 20-30 mins of cardio.

  • Multi-task 

Combine exercise with friend or family time. With your family, instead of going for an outing to the movies, consider a more active outing such as a trip to the park or public pool or water park. This way, both you and the kids will get your exercise and quality time together.

Same goes for friends. Too often catching up with friends involves drinking and eating out. But why not meet a friend for a more active activity. Go to the gym together, or try a class like Zumba which is fun to do with a mate. You could also go bowling, or play tennis or squash, or even train together for an upcoming race.

  • Surround Yourself With Supporters

Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is also a really important key to being successful in following a healthy lifestyle. In the past few years as I have become healthier, I have lost a few friends along the way. People who distracted me from following through or didn’t understand my intentions had a negative impact on my lifestyle. I have fewer friends who just go out drinking these days, and instead surround myself with friends who also like to exercise, eat well, go to yoga and do more of the things that I do.

This also means I feel supported and have people in my life to keep me motivated too.

  •  Get Up 10 Minutes Early

An extra ten minutes every day, when used effectively, can have a really powerful impact on your day.

Spend the ten minutes of quiet time before the rest of the household is up to focus on your breath or do a mini meditation.

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to ease stress and takes a mere 30 seconds. Just sit quietly and  take a few deep, cleansing breaths and imagine yourself breathing in peace and breathing out anxiety and stress.

Or try the 4-7-8 breath technique from Dr Andrew Weil which is also highly effective.The 4-7-8 breath basically involves breathing in for 4 counts, holding for 7 counts and breathing out for 8 counts, doing that cycle 4 times. This can be a brilliant way to relax into your day and get it started off right, rather than in a crazy, stressful rush.

This ten minutes of quiet and stillness where you focus on your breath can have a profoundly positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

To complete this article I just want to remind you that every human being on the earth has one point of equality and that is we all have 24 hours in the day. It is how we choose to spend those 24 hours that differentiates us. {Tweet that!}

Use your time wisely and make small changes and additions every day and before you know it, being healthy will be your default.

  • Have I missed any really useful tricks for squeezing more healthy actions into your life? Please share in the comments!
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3 Responses to 10 Tricks To Finding Time To Be Healthy

  1. Hi Simone, nice article. I used to go to gym, but found it a bit impractical when my schedule gets busier, blame it to jakarta traffic :p So now I’m a big fan of FitnessBlender youtube channel (or http://www.fitnessblender.com), they have varied workout videos with different duration (the shortest is 10 minutes) & difficulty. Those videos and iphone app ‘all-in yoga’ really come in handy when I travel but don’t wanna miss doing workout too much.

    • I totally know what you mean!I love Yogaglo and the 7Minute app for at-home movement when the thought of dealing with the macet is just too much 🙂

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