Often times when work schedules are out of control the first thing to go are our healthy eating habits and our workout routine. There are ways to take your healthy self into your busy schedule though and here’s a few ways from Mind Body Green.
Make sure to give yourself enough time in the morning to eat a decent breakfast. While you’re in the kitchen for the morning try planning for a healthy lunch instead of rushing out the door and expecting to grab something semi-healthy at a place near the office. The other key is to drink water. When you are hydrated you feel less hungry and more alert. MBG says to keep these tips in mind: low-sodium, low-sugar, and reduced carbs. I know if I don’t have it in the house I’m much more inclined to choose a healthy option. Make your choices while you’re at the grocery store, then you have no choice.
When you need to workout on a tight schedule you might want to switch your morning or evening workout routine to your lunch hour. You don’t always need a two hour workout at the gym to stay in shape. A 30 minute routine that gets your heart rate up each day can be just as beneficial as long as you are consistent. This is one workout that MBG suggests:
- Walk/job around perimeter of building for 10 minutes
- 20 seconds of squats
- 30 seconds of push-ups
- 30 second reverse lunge on left leg
- 30 second reverse lunge on right leg
- 30 second triceps dips on a chair/curb/bench
- 1 minute plank on hands
- 30 second side plank on right elbow
- 30 second side plank on left elbow
- Rest briefly and repeat two more times without initial jog
- 5-minute cool down, slow jog around the building
Now I don’t know where you live but here in Denver this isn’t exactly an option in the winter and in the summer if I did this I would come back into work looking like a truck hit me. The key is to find what works best for you. What have you found to help you stay in shape and eating healthy during your busy work schedule?
Read the full Mind Body Green post HERE