Making a living is hard, let alone maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the same time. But accomplishing this feat is not about changing your schedule, it’s actually about accommodating it.
The more you turn your life upside down in a reckless attempt to live healthier, the more you’ll experience the adverse effects. The truth is, there are ways you can develop healthy habits simply by living your life.
Eat to Beat Cravings
Whenever your schedule allows you to eat breakfast or lunch, try to eat foods that are rich in protein since it will help you consume fewer calories without even trying.
Protein increases the amount of the hormones peptide YY, GLP-1, and cholecystokinin, which help reduce your body’s appetite.
As a result, you are eating less because your body’s metabolism is boosted by high protein foods like eggs, Greek yogurt, fish, and nuts.
Who isn’t tempted by the candy section at checkout or a cold slushy at the gas station?
Believe it or not, you don’t need that sugar, or at least that type of sugar. It turns out that along with staving off cravings, drinking the right amount of water, at least 2 liters a day, can reduce the risks of headaches and sluggishness.
Drinking enough water is as easy as keeping a bottle with you and drinking a glass before you go to bed at night.
By the way, if you really need a little kick of flavor in your drinks, try sweetening your water with orange or lime slices.
Hack Your Fitness Routine
Get a pair of ankle weights and turn your daily treks around the office into an extended leg workout.
Sitting for long periods has an effect on you over time, so try to stand every 10 minutes or If your workplace allows you a standing desk ask to be assigned to one.
When you get home, try dedicating at least 20-30 minutes to moving, whether you try walking, shooting hoops, or swimming if there’s a pool nearby.
There are a ton of HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) routines that focus on building muscle in short amounts of time, but there are also options if you want a lighter workout.
A 10-minute jog first thing in the morning not only gets the blood pumping, but it has been shown that working out during these hours is the most effective way to boost your metabolism.
Conquer Your Mornings and Nights
Waking up just 20 minutes earlier every morning can significantly improve the rest of your day.
Think about it, that’s 20 extra minutes you can spend drinking water, getting in push-ups or squats, and most importantly getting your mind prepared for the day ahead.
Speaking of your mind, pay attention to it, specifically on the negative feelings you may have about the day before.
Clearing your mind at the start of the day puts you on a path to mindfulness and positivity.
That’s why taking time at night to nurture your health is equally as important, this requires paying attention to what you eat. Fast food is too convenient, and sometimes – yes – it’s delicious. But taking down a number 12 at 11:30 in the evening isn’t the greatest way to thank your body for its hard work.
If there are no grocery stores open, you can stop at a gas station and get a bag of nuts, and in some cases even fruit.
Trust us, your body will thank you in the morning, and every morning after that.