Healthy Habits to Start Now

\n\nWhether you’re a mom, a working professional, or just a busy person in general, there’s a good chance that you’ve been unable to set aside as much time as you need to for eating healthy and getting enough exercise. After all, you’ve got so much on your plate; how could you possibly find the time for those things?\n\nThe truth is, however, that you can’t afford not to make the time. When you feed your body the proper nutrients and make sure you’re getting enough exercise, you’re more alert, energetic, and able to take on the other challenges of your day. What you really need, then, are some organization tips to help you get on track with your health and fitness goals.\n

Plan (And Cook) Meals Ahead of Time

\nAfter a long, busy day, the last thing you want to do is come home and figure out what to make for dinner, followed by slaving over a stove to make it. It’s easier to just run through the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant or even go out for dinner. However, with the average fast-food meal containing more than 800 calories and the average sit-down restaurant meal containing well over 1,100 calories, you’re not doing yourself any favors by taking this route.\n\nAs a healthier option, consider planning your meals for the week in advance. Then, set aside one evening (perhaps a Sunday night) to cook all of your meals for the week. From there, you can refrigerate or freeze them, and they’ll be ready to go on the day you’re ready to eat them without any need for additional work (aside from warming them up).\n

Pack Lunches the Night Before

\nIf you’re the type of person who tends to stop at the drive-thru for lunch in the middle of your busy work day, you probably feel like you simply don’t have time to pack and bring a lunch to work. Perhaps every time you plan on bringing your lunch, you wake up late and find that you simply don’t have time to prepare it before you head out the door.\n\nThe simple solution to this? Make and pack your lunches the night before. This way, it’s ready to go as you walk out the door and you don’t need to get up early to make it. You can even pack your entire stock of lunches for the week, if you’d like. Make packing a lunch a part of your nightly routine.\n

Schedule Your Workouts

\nIf you have a hard time getting to your local gym for a workout, then it’s time to reconsider how you plan your workouts. If you only go to the gym when you have some extra time on your hands, you’re not likely to go very often. Instead, if you truly want to hit the gym at least a few times a week, you’ll need to make the time.\n\nSpecifically, it can be helpful to schedule your workouts, write them down in your planner, and treat them as seriously as you would any other appointment in your schedule. If you have a hard time finding time to go to the gym because you have children to look after, consider finding a gym that offers in-house daycare as part of its membership fees. Many Phoenix gyms these days offer some kind of child care that allows you to get a decent workout in without having to worry about your children.\n\nFurthermore, always set out your gym clothes and accessories the night before; this way, when you wake up in the morning, everything you need to get out the door is right there for you; no excuses.\n

Learn How to Combat Stress

\nFinally, part of pursuing your health and fitness goals is knowing how to fight stress in your life. Often times, people who feel stressed will find any excuse they can to eat unhealthy meals as a form of comfort (or skip that trip to the gym).\n\nStart by determining what’s causing your stress, then work on ways to avoid it. Whether it’s something work-related or an issue at home, it needs to be addressed. Some possible ways to help fight stress include deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. Find what works for you and stick to it; this will be your best bet for actually sticking to your new health and fitness regimen and seeing the results you want in the long run.