No, You Are NOT Too Busy in Your Work and Personal Life to Live A Healthy Lifestyle
“Not having enough time” is simply a myth when it comes to committing to yourself and your health.
Each of us have developed personal habits.
Though each habit that we’ve created may mean relatively little on it's own, over time, the frequency of exercise, the meals we eat, and the way we organise our mind and routines have a huge impact on our productivity, health, happiness and financial security.
We each have the power to reset our routines, and make TIME to live a healthy life. If you’re feeling broken, stressed, tired, overweight and fed up with feeling out of control in your life then it’s probably about time you make a move and change things up a little.
When you change your habits, you in turn change your routine and how you spend your time.
Our advice for when things get a little chaotic during your working day is quite literally to just NOT allow it to get out of control to begin with. For example, if you know you need to leave work by 6 pm and this is a non-negotiable in order to make it to your gym session, then don’t allow Susan or Gary to come past your office, or stop you in your tracks during the day and take 30 minutes of your time away looking for advice on something non work related.
When you fall in to that trap, you’ve allowed something that doesn’t serve you to de-rail your day. It forces you to work later than expected, resulting in you missing out on that gym session.
WORK WINS, again!
You have the power to change your actions and responses. You have the power to stop that situation dead in its tracks and prioritise your time.
How long should it take to integrate health into your busy life?
You can feel a change in just ONE day by starting with ONE thing. We encourage our members to keep a journal, or write things down. By tracking the changes each day, and how you feel as you implement these healthier choices you are creating data to review and compare as you continue down the road of healthier living.
Going from stressed, to strong isn’t difficult to achieve at all. It all begins with mindset.
Here’s some examples of simple changes to implement to get you started:
1. Going to bed an hour earlier: This can provide amazing results just the next day leaving you feeling more energised and fresh.
2. Eating a cleaner dinner: This won’t upset your digestive system, or keep you up late from ingredients like caffeine, sugar and other preservatives allowing you to have better quality sleep.
3. Exercise in the morning: Doing this before you head in to work, or drop the kids off to school in the morning sets a positive tone for the day giving you a sense of accomplishment.
If you are worn down, stressed, and easily irritated you're not going to show up as the best version of yourself for the people that you love and cherish in your life.
Here’s the hard truth, these are the people that notice when you quit and break the promises that you make to yourself.
Start today by making one simple change.
What are the three easiest things you can change, even with a busy schedule or a large number of social commitments?
1. You should do the MOST important thing FIRST every single day
Sounds simple, but most of us don’t do it.
Working out to start your day is a great place to start. It helps to energise, motivate and provide a sense of accomplishment before the day has even started.
Getting it done FIRST almost eliminates the possibility of cancellation or chance for anything that might be “more important” to get in the way.
2. Maintain a lifestyle that gives you maximum energy
Work yourself up to exercising minimum 3 times per week, introduce a healthy lunch, drink 2+ litres of water a day and get enough sleep. (We recommend 7+ hours per night). If being at work early is a priority for you, and it is a requirement that you are sharp then staying up all night and having that extra glass of wine PROBABLY isn’t the best idea.
3. Get confident with saying NO, and do it frequently
We all know coming up to the Christmas period there's an abundance of food, drinks and desserts. Get comfortable with saying no to the overeating, and back it up over the following week by committing to a training session to get your body moving again.
Turn things down that are not consistent with your priorities. This is perfectly OK.
Ask yourself “Does this line up with my goals, or new set of priorities?”
If the answer is no, then your answer to the invitation should be consistent with this.
Take control of your time, and give yourself the best opportunity to cook at home, exercise and catch up on some long overdue QUALITY sleep. There is a great YouTube video that we recommend watching that explains in really engaging detail the power of good sleep hygiene.
Will a healthier lifestyle result in higher expenses?
Truthfully, people expect that a healthy lifestyle is a more expensive way of living.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
At the end of the day, cooking your own meals is always going to be significantly less expensive than eating out.
The best part about cooking is knowing exactly what is in the food that you are consuming. Healthy and organic food is affordable and available, but it’s important to take the time to research, look for it, read and understand what you’re putting into your shopping cart before you purchase it.
The alternative is ordering take-out. Doing that may save you time, but it may also make you unwell. You never know, that in itself could end up costing you more money in medical bills long term.
A simple solution: focus on the ingredients and eat real, whole foods.
If you make the commitment to change and prioritise a healthy life you will, and can be successful in achieving this.
Plan and budget for each meal, create yourself a menu for the week, take time for YOU and get inspired. If you’d like your money to stretch, then make enough food for dinner to cover you for lunch the next day, or prepare all of your meals for the week on a Sunday. Implement using a crock-pot to cook your protein during the day and grill fish and steak a few nights a week. Roast whole chickens from time to time to get the most out of the meat.
Change has the potential to bring an unlimited number of positive effects to an individuals life.
However, in order to be ready to make change, you have to acknowledge that there is a problem or something that WARRANTS the change to begin with. If there are things in your life that no longer serve you, or make you happy then there is usually a reason.
While this might be tough to hear, often times the person responsible for the disappointment is YOU. Once you identify the cause, you can work to correct, eliminate or change it.
Trust yourself to make the right decisions and commit to a healthier life.
Execute that first “self-nudge”, which all starts by changing one thing today.
By doing this you are on the road to making positive and healthier changes to your whole life.