Today, most women are too busy juggling between family and work life that they forget about their health. Most times, this tends to impact negatively on their life. It is important for women to take action each day to ensure they maintain their overall health. Staying healthy is central to meeting all the demands of your career and family.
Here are a few tips for women to stay healthy amidst their busy lifestyles.
1. Replace Snacks with Fresh Fruits
Most women who find themselves stuck in the office with hip loads of work tend to snack on unhealthy foods. It is healthy and wise to replace your snacks with fruits. Fruits are sweet and delicious. The sugar in your fruits will help to reenergize your body the healthy way. Carry fruits to the office and snack on them between meals instead of eating processed snacks.
You can also have fruits such as oranges and apples in place of meals. Fruits will contribute to adding fiber and minerals in your body while maintaining a low-calorie count.
Tip: Stock up on fruits weekly
2. Avoid Unhealthy Drinks
For most overworked women, the coffee maker is the most precious tool in their office and home. They start their day with a cup of coffee and most likely end it with the same beverage. Coffee has a tendency of undoing one’s fitness goals, regardless of how strict you are.
Tip: In case you make coffee or tea, ensure the sugar amount is subtle.
3. Find an Office Friendly Exercise
A few stretches here and there throughout the day can do wonders to your body. You can incorporate several exercises’ into a busy day at the office such as yoga during lunch hour, sit-ups, or take a simple walk across the street or around your office block. Your body will thank you for it.
Search the internet for chair exercises. Chair exercises will help your stay healthy while keeping your weight in check. The activities are sufficient since they can be done at the office without getting into other people's spaces.
Tip: Set a goal to do short sets of exercise daily.
4. Stay Hydrated
You need to keep your body sufficiently hydrated if you want to stay healthy and fit. Taking water frequently improves your metabolism. Drinking enough water will also help you feel full thereby stopping you from overeating junk, and reducing the amount of sugar in your body.
In case you are not big on drinking water, you can have other healthy drinks that are not too sugary such as fruit juice but in limited quantities. Avoid drinking soda as much as you can as it will add to the calories in your body. A well-hydrated body is more productive at work as water helps rejuvenate your energy. Ensure you have a glass of water first thing in the morning, and before each meal.
Tip: Invest in a big measured water bottle to encourage you to drink more water.
5. Take the Stairs
If you spend a good part of your day sitting at the office, you should avoid the elevator at all costs. Taking the stairs is an excellent way to get your blood pumping. Whatever chance you get to leave your office, ensure that you use the stairs. Additionally, taking the stairs is an excellent way to burn calories.
Tip: In case your office is on the ground or the first floor, take a second or third flight of stairs and then work on improving your speed. Also, set a goal to increase the number of steps to see how far you can go at the end of the week.
6. Prioritize Your Sleeping Hours
For a healthy body, you should strive to sleep at least 7 hours a night. Do not sacrifice your sleep for the sake of your job, as this will result in days of unproductiveness, bad moods, and poor health. There is a high chance your sex drive may also plummet. Additionally, you may start adding weight because your body will start to store fat and breakdown muscle. Develop a strict sleeping routine for optimal health.
Tip: Have a pre-sleeping routine such as taking a few minutes to bed to meditate.
7. Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time
Set out one day where you bulk cook for the week ahead, preferably on the weekend. Prepare your meals, pack them in containers, and arrange them in your fridge. This is a sure way of ensuring a healthy week of eating. Make salads for lunch and casseroles for breakfast among other healthy foods. In addition, you will save up on time you would have spent preparing meals every day of the week.
Staying healthy is a personal choice regardless of how busy you are. You do not need to make radical changes in your lifestyle to become healthier. Incorporating a few changes here and there such as eating healthy and doing simple exercises is the first step to a healthy life. Being healthy is a win-win for you. The healthier you are, the more productive you will be, and the high chances are that you will feel great about yourself.