Everyone is “busy” right? Time seems to fly by with the daily grind of working, commuting, friends and family obligations, personal errands, side hustles, and the list goes on.
So how do some people manage life AND be healthy and fit? It seems impossible, right? Really, it boils down to personal priorities and goals.
We can literally make an excuse for anything so it’s about what is important to you and whether you want to make an excuse or get it done.
I get asked a lot how I do it; I work full time, teach yoga a few times a week, do some consulting on the side, have high energy (needy) dog and somewhat of a social life.
I also exercise 4-6x a week, sleep 7-8 hours a night and only eat out a few times a week. But because my health and wellness are my #1 priority. I plan everything else around staying active and living a healthy lifestyle.
Here are my top 3 tips on how to Take Charge Of Your Health.
I live and die by a routine. My alarm goes off at 5 am, I hit “go” on my Keurig, then sit, sip, read, take my dog for a walk and hit the gym all before work.
Listen, I know that is not for everyone but having that time reserved for me in the morning and using the magic powers of coffee works for me.
Maybe that looks like packing active gear and hitting the gym after work, going for a walk, bike ride, or taking a yoga class a few times a week or even during your lunch break.
My point is, there is always time, you just have to create it in your schedule and make it part of your daily routine.
With so many things going on, it’s important to clear the space in our heads. I find it’s best to put it all in on paper.
What I do is look at the week ahead, write out everything I want to accomplish and then plan on what days I will do it.
Sometimes that means picking up dog food on my lunch break, taking myself to a coffee shop after work to write or clean my bathroom in the morning before work.
I also include my workouts each day plus meal planning, virtual coffee dates and any personal plans.
Anything outside of my list is my free time to schedule (or not schedule) and allow flexibility depending on how I feel.
Once you complete a task on your list, cross it off! Or cue green check mark emoji.
I’m a grab a go kinda gal (and a stand-in my kitchen and eat kinda gal too).
This type-A runs hot and gets hangry so having ready-made food helps me stay healthy and on track.
Most times I batch cook for the week on Sunday and other times I will at minimum bake some chicken, boil eggs and make a couple of salads (sans dressing) to have ready to go for Monday.
If you aren’t a good cook, you can always do one of those meal kits like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc.
I challenge you to ask yourself, “What’s important to me?” From there you have to decide to make a change or make an excuse.
The goal of any lifestyle change is to lean into it! Start slow and set small achievable goals and then slowly build on that.
So maybe you plan Tuesday/Thursday to walk/run or try a new class at the gym or take a yoga class on Sunday mornings.
A healthy lifestyle is not supposed to stress you out by adding more tasks. It is important to honor your body and mind and make adjustments but focus on staying consistent; progress over perfection.