If you work long hours, have tons of commitments, or can’t seem to get away from your desk at work, it can be difficult to maintain good eating and exercise habits. However, it’s not impossible to combine a busy work schedule with healthy living for better physical and mental health, as well as quality sleep.
These 7 ideas can help you embrace a healthier way of life without falling behind on work.
Cook at home
Although going to a restaurant or getting takeout is tempting after a long day at work, cooking at home instead is how you’l avoid eating additives such as salt that are in many restaurant foods. To encourage yourself to stay on track with eating at home, make a weekly meal plan.
A few parts of the planning process are:
- Doing the grocery shopping for the week on one day, such as Sunday
- Freeze leftovers to have “ready made” meals
- Saving time and money, yay!
Use healthy food delivery when busy at work
If you don’t have time or energy to cook extravagant meals when you get home from work, no worries. Don’t let that stop you from still eating healthy.
There are a growing number of food delivery services that deliver fresh, nutrition-packed ingredients to your home to save you the time of grocery shopping yourself. Many of them even include recipes for making yummy meals using the included ingredients in the delivered package.
You can choose how often you want the box to arrive, such as weekly or every other week. At result plan, they tailor your subscription to your own personal nutritional plan and deliver the day’s food straight to your door. All of which means that you will be less tempted by unhealthy fast food options.
Rethink your snacks
Dividing your snacks into portions can help you limit how much you eat at one sitting. That’ll prevent you from mindlessly overeating at your desk while working on an assignment.
Also think about swapping unhealthy snacks for carrot sticks and fruit. They have a better nutritional value and also fill you up between meals. Plus, they’re yummy!
Busy at work? Pre-prepare your food
If you’re facing a huge deadline and simply don’t have the time to take away from it to prepare healthy food at home, then “pre-prepare” everything beforehand. Maybe that means that you start watching TV a few minutes later than usual at night but it’s worth it for the convenience of grabbing the food in the morning on the way to the office.
Then it’s all ready to go the next morning. You can even pre-prepare your breakfast if you can so you don’t miss out on the most important meal of the day.
Even though it might be difficult to visit the gym on workdays, try to include walking in your daily routine. It’s easier than you might at first think.
A few ways to include walking in your busy day are:
- Get off public transportation a stop early or park your car in a further spot than usual so you have further to walk to your workplace
- Better yet, walk to work!
- Take the stairs rather than elevator between floors in the work building
- On lunch break, clear your head by taking a walk around the block
Have outdoor meetings
If possible, take your meetings outdoors. Doing so gives you the chance to experience nature, get some fresh air, and stretch your legs during the day.
If this one isn’t realistic then try instead to still move around within your office. For example, rather than emailing coworkers or employees, why not walk across the office to talk to them face-to-face?
Exercise at your desk
Lastly, consider the new trend: desk exercise. From running in place to doing simple stretches, squats, and press-ups, there are many options. Maybe you’ll even invest in desk exercise equipment to motivate you to fit more movement into even the most hectic workdays.
What are some other ways to stay healthy when you’re crazy busy at work?