26 Feb Why I Was Doing Breathing Exercises On An Office Floor (Plus Three Time-Saving Tips For Health!)
So, you may be wondering….why was I stretching on an office floor?!
Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.
Like many of you, I work full time, manage the household and get the kids to their activities and appointments. My day was full, my mind felt fatigued and my body tired. So I decided I needed to give myself a little TLC . . . in the comfort of a waiting room. That’s right. We were the only ones in the office and while my son thought I was funny for doing so, the time I took to close my eyes, take deep breaths and stretch helped me feeling clear, energized and more calm. It didn’t take long, just a few sweet minutes dedicated solely to myself. Small, quiet moments can make all the difference in the day.
Whether it’s taking a minute to stretch or do breathing exercises, choosing to grab a salad instead of going to the drive-thru, or carrying a water bottle with you while you’re on the road, integrating healthy habits into our daily life doesn’t have to be complicated. But it does take consistent focus and making intentional choices to help you reach (and maintain!) your goals. So today, I’m sharing three of the best time-saving tips to support you in health.
So much of achieving a healthy lifestyle has to do with setting yourself up to succeed; making small changes to your environment, giving yourself “nudges” towards your healthy habit, or taking an extra moment ahead of time to prepare something for the next day is sometimes all that it takes to keep you on the right track.
It is my hope that these simple strategies below will help you stay on track and achieve your goals – minimal time required! And if you find yourself with a moment to squeeze in a quick stretch on an office floor, I hope you’ll take advantage and remember that a life of health has everything to do with making the most of the time you’ve got, no matter how little it may be.
• Master Your Meals:
- Dedicate one hour per week to plan your meals and create the grocery list. Make sure to reference the calendar for the week ahead so that you can build in realistic expectations for meal prep based on the amount of time you’ll have.
- Keep a running list of healthy, simple meals and rotate them every week for additional time savings. No need to reinvent the wheel with cooking new recipes each week if you’re short on time!
- Block out a time to grocery shop, clean produce, and prep meals for the coming week. This saves you time during the week and will make it possible for dinner to be on the table in 20 minutes or less.
Health Note: Food is the foundation of health! Meal planning should incorporate whole, plant-based foods that help protect organs, maintain great cellular health and protect the body from disease. Plant-based foods include; leafy greens, vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Compliment these foods with organic sources of lean protein and healthy fat.
• Drink Up:
- Have a designated glass or stainless-steel bottle for daily hydration. Keep it on hand while traveling, at work and at home.
- Consume 80 oz of water daily. Make sure you know how many water bottles you’ll need to drink in order to accomplish this!
- If a hydration reminder is needed, place a rubber band on the bottle and move it down the bottle for every fill-up until you’ve accomplished the goal of 80 oz. You can also set a hydration reminder on your phone or download an app that will send you reminders each hour!
Health Note: Every process in the body depends on water! People are often dehydrated because they simply don’t make time or remember to drink water throughout the day. Plan ahead; have your own bottle in hand and take advantage of every fill up station.
• Pack -n- Play:
- Schedule daily movement into the calendar a week at a time. Whether it’s a 15 minute walk around the block, a class at the gym, or playing a group sport, put it into the calendar just as you would any appointment so you’ll be sure to use this time for movement!
- Pack your gym bag or any necessary equipment the night before so it’s ready to go.
Health Note: Movement will help decrease stress, increase metabolism and keep you feeling energized. By planning your daily workouts and packing up ahead of time, you’ll save time and keep workouts efficient (even when you’re short on time!) and you’ll be more likely to keep your “appointment time” for exercise when you’ve planned for it!
Now it’s your turn: I hope you’ll hop over to the Facebook Page and share YOUR time-saving tricks that help you make health a priority!