Life can get away from us pretty easily, with commitments to work, family and friends. It can be hard to find time for ourselves when life is busy, and that can mean our health doesn’t take priority. Even when you’re busy, you can make some small changes to your health and habits to improve your health.
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- An exercise routine that you can keep up is important. Whether you find you like to work out in the morning, during your lunch break or in the evenings. Find what works for you and stay with it. For lots of people, working out in the morning before work works well. As it gets the workout out of the way before the day gets too busy and you find a reason to skip it.
2.If you go to the gym, visit it at off peak times. Less popular times are going to be less busy. If the gym is quiet, you won’t have to wait as long to use the machines you want. If you don’t have to wait to use the equipment, you’ll get through your workout much faster. Meaning you’ll spend less time at the gym.
3. Find a primary care doctor that you like and trust. The person you go to with your health concerns should be someone that you’re comfortable dealing with and who you trust to care for your health.
4. Spend less time sitting at work. Sitting behind a desk all day isn’t good for your posture or your joints. So find some more reasons to stand and move around when you can. You could swap your normal desk for a standing desk, which can help to improve your posture as well as giving you an excuse to be on your feet. Walk more during your work day. Instead of emailing a colleague, get up and go to their desk to speak with them. During your lunch break, you could take a walk, whether you go around the block or to the shop to buy your lunch.
5. Make a promise to exercise with a friend. Whether you decide to visit the gym together, or join the same Zumba class, having a workout buddy you’ve made a commitment to makes you more accountable. If you’re going to let a friend down by skipping, you’re less likely to miss a planned workout date. A buddy can also inspire you to work out harder or keep going when you’re flagging.
6. Don’t add empty calories to your diet by drinking them. If you drink a lot of things like fruit juice, fizzy drinks, alcohol, or elaborate coffee shops drinks, you’re adding a lot of extra calories to your diet. Even drinking a lot of tea and coffee that you’ve added sugar to can really add up. Instead, switch some of those drinks to water to get properly hydrated in a healthy, calorie free way.
7. Get outside more. Being exposed to natural sunlight has a lot of benefits to your health, from reducing your stress levels to boosting your vitamin D intake. Natural light and fresh air can help you feel less stressed or anxious.