There are only so many hours in the day, and a lot of them are filled with work, taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, taking the car for maintenance and a million other tasks that occupy our time. And did we mention sleep? You have to get at least seven to eight hours of shut eye! So how does a busy woman fit in important things like exercise and healthy eating? Read these tips to find out!
One of the the keys to improving your overall wellness is to get your body moving. Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and doing burpees until you pass out while the fitness trainer barks orders at you. Just be consistent with any exercise you choose to incorporate into your lifestyle. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise performed five times a week is a great start. That can be as simple as taking a brisk walk during your lunch break. But this isn’t the only time you can squeeze in a brisk walk. Take your dog for a quick stroll around the neighborhood or put your little one in the stroller and walk in the park.
You can sneak exercise into your life in a variety of ways. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from the grocery store so you have to walk more steps. Want to keep track of the steps or miles you trek? Wear a pedometer or a fitness tracker. Set a goal of walking a certain amount of steps by the end of the day. At work, we email or call coworkers all the time. Well, instead of sitting at your desk talking on the phone or emailing, get up and walk to your coworker’s office or cubicle.
Think about the things you like to do in your spare time. Do you like to dance? Why not try a dance class. Channel your inner ballerina and take ballet. But that’s not the only form of dance class out there. Jazz, modern, flamenco, tap, belly dance, ballroom and Irish step dancing are other types of dance that just might strike your fancy. Dance is an effective form of exercising that will strengthen your body, improve your posture and burn fat all at the same time.
Maybe dance isn’t your thing. How about joining a neighborhood sports team? Many communities offer adult sports teams like basketball, softball, volleyball or soccer. You’ll have so much playing, you won’t even realize you’re burning calories.
Some of us are homebodies or have family responsibilities that keep us from venturing out after work. So how about exercising in your living room? Create a home gym and work up a sweat using exercise DVDS. Try using dumbbells, kettlebells or bosu balance trainers in your home gym.
Eating healthy doesn’t require a bunch of hours slaving over a hot stove. It doesn’t even require consuming only rabbit food. A great way to eat healthy when you’re short on time is to prepare homemade soups and stews. Take a weekend to cook up a big batch of soup. Then freeze it so you can eat the meal all week long.
Set aside time to search for simple, healthy recipes in advance. Make a grocery shopping list and stick to it. That way you won’t be tempted to pick up that giant bag of candy.
If you don’t have a lot of time to cook, use a crockpot to make a healthy meal. Dump the ingredients in the crockpot, turn it on and head to work. By the time you get home, your meal will be ready.
Create a Stress-Free Home
Your physical health is important, but don’t neglect your mental health. Boosting your mental health is an important part of improving wellness. One way to do this is by creating a stress-free home environment. Start by adding more plants in your home. Studies show that having plants in your environment can reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.
Find a space in your house for your designated relaxing spot. Whether it’s an entire room or just a tucked-away corner, make sure family members know when you retreat to your oasis, you’re not to be bothered. Read a book, write in your journal, meditate or do a crossword puzzle. It’s up to you, as long as you take the time to recharge.
Just because you’re super busy doesn’t mean you can’t improve your health. By sneaking in some exercise, finding efficient ways to prepare healthy meals and paying attention to your mental health, you can cultivate a healthier lifestyle even if you don’t have much time to spare.