Everyone is extremely busy these days.. Our work, family and social lives are becoming increasingly time consuming, leaving us with little or no free time to do things such as de-stress, exercise, and prepare micronutrient dense food.
However, these things are so IMPORTANT, and we need to prioritise them one way or another. They really are equally as important as everything else going on in your life! You must put YOUR oxygen mask on before trying to help anyone else. You are useless if you, yourself, are unable to breathe. Let go of the excuses and ensure that you stay healthy.
Here are a few of my favourite ways to ensure I am staying healthy, despite my busy schedule.
Prepare food the night before.
When I’m on the run, I always make sure I have healthy and nutritious meals and snacks to take out with me, packaged in leak-proof Tupperware. Not only does this mean that I won’t have to spend a fortune on buying food from shops, but it also means that I can have exactly what I want, and that I’m not confined to only their selection.
Make time for exercise
It may feel like the last thing you want to be doing when you’re zonked after a long day or at the crack of dawn, but exercise is SERIOUSLY important. Not only will it help prevent those excess pounds racking up around your midsection, but exercising also releases LOTS of endorphins that help you feel good and give you a boost of energy. By not doing something, it is not a priority to you… But if you are reading this I can imagine that staying healthy IS a priority to you, and exercise is seriously important for that!
If you don’t have time to get to the gym, you can get an awesome HIIT circuit workout in, in under 30 minutes. You can find loads of equipment-free workouts online, and on my Instagram I show a few every now and then! One thing I would definitely recommend any ladies out there buy is ‘resistance loops’ which cost under £10 on Amazon (and that includes delivery)! You can get an awesome booty workout at home with these, which I also show on my Instagram and Youtube!
I always like to have a couple of extra protein bars in my bag in case I get held up and am in need of a quick boost. They’re light, easy to pack and TASTY. My current favourite is Grenade’s Carb Killa bar in the white chocolate flavour! Protein also helps keep you fuller for longer, so you will be less inclined to snack on the office biscuits.
Don’t be afraid to order off the menu
If you find yourself in a restaurant that doesn’t seem to have anything quite to your taste, DO NOT be afraid to ask for what YOU want. You’re the customer – your needs are the restaurant’s priority. I often ask them to cook with less oil and I swap a few things around to minimise any calories I do not want.
Start with a plain salad
I ALWAYS get one for starters. I ask for the dressing on the side, also, so that I can add how much I want. The dressings are often very calorie dense which is deceiving as they are just an extra! Starting with the salad means you feel more full before you even begin your main, ensuring that you stop eating when you really are full, and are less inclined to go for a LARGE dessert.
Water is so important. Not only does it ensure you don’t get dehydrated, but it can also prevent hunger pangs. Often, you think you’re hungry when really you are just thirsty! Make sure you always have a couple of bottles of water with you, and are continually sipping on it throughout the day!
Mental health is seriously under-looked, but it is a huge part of staying healthy. When we are on the go, it’s often hard to switch off or find time for ourselves. I personally like to use the Calm App which you can download from the app store. It really helps you minimise any feelings of anxiety or stress and switch off for a little bit, allowing your mind to relax.
These are just a few of my top tips for staying healthy on the go, but it is SO important not to neglect either your physical or your mental health, despite being busy or away from home! I hope these tips help you next time you find yourself on the run!