Busy lives, healthy habits

By Martin Jason Ita-as
Published: January 20, 2016 | No Comments

With the dawn of quick processing and Internet technology, the world is plunged into an era of high-speed work plans and rush jobs. This means people have to work faster and more than ever before to connect with millions of people all over the globe in one moment.

As a result, you’ve probably indulged in a lot of activities and habits that may be a bit unhealthy when practiced continuously. But healthy living in this rat race is possible. It may take some time, but it’s up to you to inspire the change in yourself:

Recharge

No matter how healthy you are, there are limits to how much you can do in a day.We’re only human after all. Even robots and cellphones need to wind down now and then to recharge. Much like our automaton counterparts, we need the downtime to replenish our energy in order to tackle new jobs with a fresh perspective. Sleeping and naps are an essential part of living a healthy life. While it’s necessary to stay up late in order to finish work, the constant repetition of late sleeping might ingrain itself into your internal schedule. This can interfere with your attempt to catch up with lost sleep hours and can affect your performance at work as well. Don’t forget to fit in a few naps when you can.

Quick meal guides

It can be tempting to buy quickly prepared fast food fares when you come home way too tired to cook. However, eating out constantly, in the long run, can totally mess up both your health and mood. Instead of buying burgers and fries every night, try putting your money into ingredients for simple and quick meals. Foods you can easily heat up or mix, like fried rice, casseroles or pasta are available in varying levels of preparation and ingredient quantity. Make a list of the simplest recipes you can find and practice making them so you can cook a dish even if time isn’t on your side.

Mini exercises

Exercise isn’t limited to the gym or large Zumba classes only. If your work area is nearby, try walking, jogging or cycling to it on some days instead of driving or taking public transportation to it daily. Even the simple and non-strenuous movements of a simple walk work your muscles and can increase your breathing and blood flow slightly. Aside from that, try exercising at least 20 to 30 minutes at home. You can find hundreds of simple workout videos or fun dances on the Internet, to get moving to eliminate unwanted fat and loosen your stiff limbs. You’ll find this especially helpful on days when you usual modes of transportation aren’t available.

Beware of your snacks

While eating healthy may help balance out your body issues, it’s your snacking that you may have to watch out for. Snacks are very accessible, easy to consume in large amounts and are often the main culprits of unhealthy lifestyles. Funnily enough, depraving yourself of snacks actually increases the chances of you caving in and seeking out a sugary treat. To counteract this, you can either limit your dessert intake or opt for sliced fruits to carry with you to work. Carrying your snacks is an inexpensive way to remind you to ward off the convenience store or vending machine munchies which are chock full of unwanted chemicals or ingredients.

Keep track of your progress 

There isn’t really much meaning to balancing your busy lifestyle with a healthy one if you aren’t keeping track of it all. Listing down the kinds of food you eat in a week or month plus taking note of all your healthy (and unhealthy) habits is a good way to keep a record of your progress of trying to attain this balance of good and bad in your daily habits. List down things like how many unhealthy snacks you indulge in a week and maybe the duration plus intensity of the exercises you do. This is essential because you may need a reference to gauge whether you’re improving your lifestyle choices or not.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an ordinary office worker or the head of some big company, exercise and keeping healthy isn’t exclusive and can really benefit the quality of your life. So keep track of your lifestyle habits and keep active!


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