Sometimes when our days get busy, and work is stressful, it can be easy to forget to make health a priority – we sit at our desk for hours on end, eat the jar of cookies that someone left on the staff room table, and hardly give ourselves enough time to use the bathroom, let alone fill our water bottles. Busy times though, are no excuse for letting your own health suffer.
Here’s 8 ways to sneak some health and fitness into even your busiest days:
Hydrate – Drink up! Not only will all the water hydrate you and keep your systems functioning properly and skin clear, but being hydrated helps you stay alert and on your game. Also, the extra fluid will leave you running to the bathroom regularly and prevent you from sitting at your desk for long periods of time.
Go for a lunch time walk/run – Set an alarm for lunch every day and when it goes off (no hitting snooze), put on your sneakers and leave the office. Whether you go all the way and change into your gym clothes for a while and hit a lunch time class, or just take a walk around the block, the exercise and fresh air will clear your head and help reset you for the afternoon.
Say your busy in the first hour before or after work – Use this as your “me time”. Whether that means you choose to use it to exercise, go to a yoga class, go to a wellness workshop or meditate, devote this daily hour to making yourself the healthiest version of who you want to be.
Keep some healthy emergency snacks within reach – When that mid afternoon hunger strikes, don’t even give yourself the opportunity to reach for anything other than a healthy snack. Keep a stash of healthy snacks in the office (but not immediately next to you). When you feel the hunger pangs, take a second before you reach for food and see if you are really hungry or just thirsty. If you are hungry, head to your healthy snack cupboard and grab a handful of nuts, some fruit or a homemade granola bar.
Give me 10 – Waiting for a meeting to start? Do some push ups. Feeling a little frustrated or having trouble concentrating in your office? Hold a plank for 1 minute, or do some wall sits. Getting your energy focused towards something other than the task at home will let your mind reset and make you more efficient.
Drop some squats – Okay, so maybe not ideal if you are wearing a skirt, or some tight dress pants, but even when you get up in the morning, before you have a shower, do a few squats. If you have time, throw in some planks and pushups, and you’ll have worked several major muscles (the ones that count at least!) before you even leave the house.
Drink matcha tea – It’s not coffee, but it may as well be, because the energy boost it offers gets you just as energized. The best part though, is that you get a huge antioxidant boost, and it is incredibly healthy for you. Plus if you haven’t had it before, it will offer an even greater boost to your system as your body won’t be used to it. It’s even great in smoothies!
Drink kombucha – Next time you are invited over to a friend’s for drinks, take kombucha instead of alcohol! Not only is it lower in calories, but it gives you probiotics to help boost the healthy bacteria in your gut. It’s fizzy and comes in loads of different flavours, so also makes a great drink when you are craving pop or something carbonated at home. Just be careful when you buy the store-bought ones that they don’t have too much added sugar. Better yet, learn how to make your own!