Most people want to make better health choices and lose weight or just improve their fitness levels overall. Few people actually go through with it. Though there are a variety of reasons why that is the case, but one of the most common complaints is that there simply isn’t enough time to do what needs to be done.
With deadlines to meet, flights to catch and the constant feeling of being behind the clock, it’s easy to let things slide, but you don’t have to. Here are five tips that’ll help you get your health back under control even with the busiest schedules:
- Prepare Meals During the Weekend
To avoid the weeknight tiredness and inclination to just go for some takeout or other similarly unhealthy food, you should make use of the weekend to prepare healthy food which you will then store in the fridge and use as needed during weeknights.
One of the best examples of how to use this is with salads. Even though they are relatively easy to make, the time to chop, cook and mix can quickly add up. If you prepare large batches of the ingredients over the weekend, you’ll be able to skip that process and assemble a meal in five minutes or less.
- Have Healthy Snacks Close By
When you have a proper meal, your mind ticks it off your to-do list for the day, so you know exactly how many more times you have to eat that day. For most people, the same doesn’t apply to snacks. They simply don’t count, since they’re small and obviously aren’t going to have much effect on your health, right? Wrong.
When you consider the number of snacks you typically consume and then factor in the fact that they are mostly made from starchy and sugary ingredients, it’ll be clear that they have a much bigger effect on your health than you might have thought, especially if you’re not eating natural wholesome ones.
What you should do is get healthy snacks like granola and protein bars and keep them in your car, office or anywhere else so you can easily get a low calorie treat when you’re feeling munchy.
- Incorporate HIIT Workouts in The Morning
For a busy person, there’s no better time than the early morning to get some exercise in, before the duties of the day distract you and before you become too tired after work.
Half an hour three or four times per week is enough if you work out using HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which basically means you’ll exert yourself as much as you can for a period of time, after which you relax for a short period and then repeat the cycle rapidly.
Studies have proven that this is much more effective at raising your metabolism and causing weight loss than normal cardio. Since it takes less time, it’s perfect for busy schedules. All you have to do is decide on the specific exercise.