We all know that it’s important to maintain healthy habits to keep our energy levels up and our bodies functioning properly. But it can be so difficult to maintain great health practices when life gets so busy! In the midst of work and school commitments, family and social obligations and trying to maintain some semblance of sanity, health practices can often go right out the window. That’s why it’s so important to have fundamental practices you can follow to make sure your physical and mental well-being stays grounded in health!
Start meal planning
One clear sign of a schedule that’s packed too tight is empty to-go containers everywhere! Life can get busy, but that’s no excuse to be eating unhealthy take-away food for dinner every night. Meal planning can help you get organized and get your grocery shopping done once at the beginning of the week. Then, you can have healthy meals already planned to prepare so it takes away the guesswork each night. Cooking at home is far healthier than eating out, and it’s a great time for the family to spend quality time together.
Organize your health info
If your life is feeling hectic and disorganized, chances are your health information is in the same situation. But if you can get all your health info organized, you’ll be way more likely to make it to doctor appointments on time, and to monitor your health and fitness habits. I recommend using HBF Pocket Health, an app which stores all your health information in one place and sets reminders for all your appointments.
Exercise first thing
Studies have shown that if you can stick with a habit for 3 weeks, then it’s much easier to stick with it in the long run. And getting exercise in first thing in the morning is the best time of day to do it. In the morning, you don’t have the array of excuses you might find after work or later in the day. And think of how great it feels to get your sweat on before breakfast, burning all those calories and starting your day feeling healthy and energized.
Regular doctor visits
It’s so important to schedule those doctor appointments, even when it feels like your life is too busy to fit them in. Prevention is the number one way to stay healthy, because if doctors pick up on something it’s far easier to fix than when you let it go unnoticed. So visit your doctor, dentist and even eye doctor regularly for that clean bill of health.
Make healthy habits fun
No one says that being healthy has to be boring! You can set up group activities to get your exercise in and spread your commitment of health to your loved ones. Think about ways you can replace your normal activities with friends to healthier habits. Instead of eating at the same unhealthy restaurant, suggest an organic place in town. Or replace your normal coffee dates with coffees to go and take a walk with them instead. You can plan hikes and bike rides on the weekend for a fun new activity. The point is, when healthy habits are fun, you’re far more likely to stick with them!