Always on the move? Try these simple tricks to recharge and refresh
It’s the New Year, which means many of us have made a list of resolutions—and, most likely, one of those resolutions has something to do with health and wellness. It can be hard to prioritize taking care of yourself when you’re constantly on the go—but it’s the new year and you want to start it recharged and refreshed! Maybe you’re trying to maintain a more balanced diet, with more vegetables and fewer processed carbohydrates. Or, perhaps, you’re aiming for a more active lifestyle, especially after a sedentary holiday season. Here are some easy ways to stay healthy and active no matter what your schedule looks like.
Healthy and active begins simply
There’s nothing worse than getting a few weeks into the New Year and realizing you’ve set your sights on unrealistic goals. Nobody wants to feel like they’ve failed, and while it’s important to challenge yourself, you also don’t want to set unreasonable expectations.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by a seemingly insurmountable resolution like eat healthy – go back to the basics and start simply. If intensive meal prep and large weekly grocery shops aren’t possible, simply pick one health goal for the month. Examples include drinking more water, eating veggies as a healthy snack, having a fruit or vegetable as a side to one of your meals each day, and incorporating green tea into your daily regimen.
Thai Broiled Salmon
If your goal is to cook more and eat out less, but making elaborate meals is unworkable, try out some three-ingredient meals! Recipes like this Thai Broiled Salmon are easy, quick, and healthy. All you need is salmon filet, thai sweet chili sauce (which you could make from scratch, but you can also just buy it at the grocery store), and green onions.
BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
These BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are another easy and delicious option, only requiring sweet potatoes, chicken, and BBQ sauce.
Salsa Verde ChickenAnother timesaving trick that makes healthy meal prep achievable is using a slow cooker. Slow cooker meals require little prep and no oven or stovetop—which also means less clean up. This Salsa Verde Chicken only calls for four ingredients, takes five minute of prep time, and then just sits in the slow cooker for two hours.
For the vegetarians out there, a hearty veggie chili, while requiring more than three ingredients, is a yummy, winter-appropriate option. This recipe only requires about ten minutes of prep time and then cooks in the Crock Pot for four hours. It’s full of nutritious vegetables and packs a punch with 12 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per serving!
Another way to start your New Year health journey off simply is to begin incorporating vitamins into your daily routine. If you’re someone who isn’t getting certain nutrients, whether that’s due to health-related dietary restrictions or otherwise, making an effort to supplement is a great step. If you stick to a vegan diet, or avoid dairy for health reasons, adding a calcium supplement, like Mybite Calcium, is an easy way to work on better health and wellness. Just adding a daily multivitamin into your routine is an effortless step towards living a healthier life. Mybite Hers is a comprehensive women's multivitamin that includes a variety of B vitamins that support your metabolism.
Achieving a more healthy and active lifestyle
If you don’t have a one or two hour time block to dedicate to the gym, find ways exercise throughout the day. Get creative. Park your car farther away from the store when you are running errands. If you have to take a lot of calls during the day, make an effort to walk while you talk.
If you work an office job, and find yourself sitting at a desk for eight or more hours a day, it’s worth it to ask your boss if they will invest in a standing desk. Sitting all day isn’t good for your health—it can lead to diabetes and obesity. By standing during the workday instead of sitting, you burn an average of 170 more calories—this adds up to 1000 more calories burned per week. A standing desk can also help with back pain, improve energy levels, and even increase productivity.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to come home and turn on your favorite T.V. show after a long day, why not turn T.V. into fitness time? You can do multiple kinds of exercise in the comfort of your own home, while catching up on your favorite shows. Examples are bodyweight exercises like squats, planks, sit-ups, and push-ups, using a home exercise machine like a treadmill or bike, or practicing yoga.
Quick stress reducers for healthy and active living
Just because you’re busy and on the move doesn’t mean you need to be constantly stressed out! Stress is bad for your health, and if you are prone to the feeling, you might consider finding ways to break that pattern this year. Long-term stress can cause issues with the immune, digestive, cardiovascular, and sleep systems. It puts extra strain on the body and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and mood disorders, like anxiety or depression. Luckily, there are many tried and true ways to reduce stress levels such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and progressive relaxation. Regular exercise is another great way to reduce stress—just thirty minutes of walking per day can be enough to help your mental and physical health.
We’ve all become multitaskers these days—taking on too much, and unable to focus on one thing at a time. It might feel like you are getting more done, but research shows that it actually can cut productivity by as much a forty percent! If you are perpetually stressed, try to cut down on multitasking—it’s better for your mood and for your cognitive function.
Sometimes there are people and situations in your life that cause stress and impact your mood. Some of these people and situations are unavoidable, such as your boss or giving a presentation at work. That being said, it’s also important that you give yourself permission to take breaks from the things or people that bring you down. That moody coworker who is always complaining? That kind of energy is contagious! This year make a choice to surround yourself with positive energy. If you are around optimistic, good-natured people, that energy will rub off on you. Yes, you’ll still have to deal with your angry boss or talk to that group of gossipy moms at the playground—but take breaks, and spend more time with people that leave you feeling good.
Set realistic goals for a healthy and active lifestyle
As stated earlier, it’s hugely important to be realistic with goals so you set yourself up for success. This means taking on one project at a time. If you made a list of five big resolutions, don’t try to tackle them all at once. At times it may be difficult to self-motivate—we’ve all been there. If you find yourself in this situation, schedule a monthly check-in with an accountabilibuddy—a friend or family member who you can trust will hold you accountable. You don’t have to go at it alone! Reach out to your support system and lean on them for help when you are feeling unmotivated or stressed out. Then be sure to return the favor when they come to you—then everybody wins.
If you are always on the move, it’s understandably difficult to find ways to achieve your health and wellness goals. It can feel daunting to take on those big New Years' resolutions—where do you even begin!? Start small. Little steps towards a goal add up over time, and while there isn’t immediate gratification, you can be sure you’ll see results in the long run. Quick fixes don’t have long-term results, but if you build a foundation, really setting up the building blocks, you’ll be able to effectively improve your health and wellness, not just for a few months, but for the rest of your life.