From juggling family life to throwing ourselves into our jobs, falling into a hectic schedule is easily done. But oftentimes, when we’re constantly busy, we struggle to find the time to check in with our health. Exercising, eating healthily and taking a much-needed break ends up coming second to everything else.
In this blog, we’re going to share our tips for incorporating healthy habits into a busy schedule.
Take Advantage Of Technology
There is a wide range of apps available that can help you incorporate healthy eating habits into a busy schedule.
From workplace wellbeing apps that help you improve work-life balance to apps that share different walking or running routes in your area, there are a variety of online tools to help you exercise regularly, eat healthily and sleep better.
Prep Meals In Advance
Once you get the hang of prepping meals in advance, you will find that it saves an awful lot of time and money, whilst keeping you on the healthy track. Even prepping just one of your three meals a day can make your life much easier.
For example, prepping your lunches for the week ensures you continue to eat healthy when at work and will stop you from buying store-bought meals. Or prepping your evening meals is super handy if you work long hours on your feet and rarely have the energy to cook once you get home.
Keep meal prep exciting by trying out new dishes, recipes and ingredients. Take inspiration from restaurant menus and invest in a couple of healthy cookbooks.
Always Keep Something In The Freezer
When you get home from a busy day, finding the energy (and the imagination!) to create a healthy meal from scratch can be hard. It’s so much easier to grab something store-bought and ready-made on the way home, or even grab the takeaway menus. But that’s not healthy!!
Instead, spend a couple of hours once a week cooking a healthy meal that you can portion up and stick in the freezer. Lentil ragu, veggie chilli, curry, Moroccan chicken stew, lasagne… the choices are endless and tasty.
Focusing on healthy habits can be tricky when your mind is elsewhere. If (like me), you have a memory like a sieve, setting alarms will come in handy.
Set an alarm to drink water, to take a break from your screen, to stretch your legs with a quick walk, to grab a healthy snack, to eat at the same time each day… Before long, you will do these healthy habits without thinking about it!
Get Yourself A Good Reusable Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is easier said than done. Especially when you’re busy! It can be so easy to forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
But having a decent reusable water bottle to hand will make it much easier. A water bottle that keeps the water cool throughout the day is usually the best option.
Have your water bottle on you at all times and keep it in full view on your desk or workstation, rather than in your bag (where it’s easy to forget).
Snacking throughout the day can be beneficial for our health as it prevents us from overeating at mealtimes whilst supplying energy.
To make the most out of snacking, pre-portion healthy snacks into sealed bags or storage tubs to prevent you from buying unhealthy snacks when on the go.
Raw veggies, fruit, dips, nuts, trail mix, deli meats and cheese are perfect afternoon snacks.
Spend Less Time Sat Down
If you have an office type job and a busy schedule, you might find it challenging to get enough exercise. But exercise doesn’t always mean hitting the gym or heading to the pool.
Instead, you can get your steps in by walking when on the phone, or during meetings. If you’re having a face to face meeting with a colleague or client, suggest going for a walk. Aside from allowing you to exercise, it will also be surprisingly productive!
Similarly, the next time you’re on a long business phone call, get up and go for a walk. Alternatively, set a reminder to take a break and stretch your legs for ten minutes.
If you do this three times during the day, you will be walking for an additional 30 minutes! Plus, regular outdoor breaks improve productivity and engagement in the workplace.
Get In Touch
Wellspace is aiming to revolutionise workplace wellbeing. Our Wellness application allows you (or your employees) to track physical and mental wellbeing in a safe place. And our Wellspace Portal tailors activities from this data to sustainably improve your overall health and wellbeing whether that be at work or in everyday life.
If would you like to find out more about improving your health and wellbeing in the workplace, get in touch with our team.