Jennifer McGregor - Owner, publichealthlibrary.org

A Healthy Lifestyle: Staying Healthy Despite a Busy Schedule

If you lead a busy life full of booked-up days and deadlines, it can be very difficult to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle. It’s easy to get pulled into a routine that leaves no room for those things your doctor keeps bringing up, like exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough rest. It may seem impossible when you’re schedule is packed, but those things really matter, and ignoring them has a definite long-term impact on your health and well-being.

Is it worthwhile to work until the point of exhaustion if you’re too worn down to enjoy the fruits of all that effort? The good news is that there are ways to include beneficial strategies into your daily routine even if altering your lifestyle isn’t in the cards.

Hydrate All Day Long

It’s often overlooked, but water may be the healthiest substance you can put into your body. Hydration keeps your skin looking healthy, promotes weight loss, maintains a healthy balance of bodily fluids, and flushes toxic substances out of your system. It’s a great health strategy for people of all ages because it lubricates and cushions joints and keeps sensitive tissue healthy. According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking enough water can keep you healthy and help avoid illnesses (that you don’t have time for). The amount you need is based on your lifestyle and where you live. Conventional wisdom says eight glasses per day, but your needs may be slightly more or less. A good rule of thumb: Drink until you do not feel thirsty.

Supplements

If you’re suffering the consequences of a too-busy work schedule, such as headaches, anxiety, or joint pain, try a supplement that can alleviate physical and psychological symptoms. A cannabinoid, such as CBD oil, can leave you feeling relaxed and relieved of pain and anxiety, as well as improve your sleep without causing psychoactive side effects. Talk to your doctor before you begin taking CBD oil, and look online for helpful guides to help you select the best one.

Snack Healthfully

When you’re jockeying back and forth between meetings and conference calls, it’s easy to run to the vending machine for a bag of Fritos. That’s a problem when it becomes a habit. Instead, try stocking up on healthy snacks, including stuff you can carry around and eat without putting your health in danger. Apple slices, yogurt, nuts, string cheese, and dark chocolate will satisfy your hunger and keep you from packing on unwanted pounds and risking problems like obesity and diabetes. Of course, you can’t get by on snack foods alone, no matter how healthy they may be.

Three Square Meals a Day

Everyone needs healthy fuel to burn throughout the day. Without it, you can forget about maintaining those 10-hour work days. Taking the time to cook and prepare foods that are good for you may be out of the question Monday through Friday, but you can take two or three hours over the weekend to cook ahead and make balanced meals for the week.

Be sure to emphasize things such as white lean meats, vegetables, legumes, and brown rice. Cook with lots of olive oil and healthy herbs and spices, including black pepper, turmeric, and garlic. Check out Grainful’s menu of gluten-free, 100 percent whole grain-based meals, such as vegetarian chili, jambalaya, Thai curry, and more.

Schedule-Friendly Exercise

There are different ways to make sure you get some physical activity into your days. You can make it part of your workday by taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, taking a brisk walk around the block at lunchtime, walking to meetings instead of driving, and even riding a bike to work or to the bus or train station. Make a point of getting up an hour early so you can get a workout in before heading for the office every day. Or, find an empty office or conference room and do some sit-ups, squats, and pull-ups between meetings.

When your days are all about work, you must find ways to work self-care into your daily routine. The basics of good health (exercise and a healthy diet) can be worked into a busy person’s schedule without causing you to miss important appointments. Otherwise, you risk undermining your health and everything you work so hard for.

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