When you’re working a full-time job, staying healthy can feel like a chore. After a long day at the office, you probably don’t feel like trekking to the gym or slaving over the stove to cook a healthy dinner. So don’t! By following these six tips, you’ll find ways to actually enjoy staying healthy and balanced, which will see both your mood and your work improve. Win-win.
Skip the Gym
So you’ve been trying to go to the gym every morning. Okay, two mornings a week. One? The gym is easy to put off because, let’s face it, it’s awful (and forces you to skip out on sleep). Luckily, it’s not the only way to get exercise. Try joining a rec soccer team with friends, biking to work, or going for a weekend hike. It’s harder to avoid exercise when it’s scheduled with other people. Plus, we’re pretty sure that when you’re doing something you actually enjoy, you won’t even notice you’re working out at all.
Eat a Healthy Lunch
You are what you eat, and when you’re slamming greasy takeout pizza at your desk, you’re, well… If you don’t have time to pack a healthy lunch every night or you’re out of lunch ideas, try an option like Foodee and get lunch delivered from the best local restaurants directly to your office. Having lunch with your coworkers also promotes strong office culture, which will make you happier and more productive for the rest of your work day. It’s time to move away from your desk and actually enjoy your lunch break for once.
Stop Stressing About Time Management
Ever get caught by surprise when a “We still on for tonight?” text pops up on your phone? Keep track of everything in one place with an app like Sunrise Calendar or a cute personal organizer from Rifle Paper Co. Make a habit of entering plans as soon as you make them and you won’t have to rack your brain to figure out what you promised to do this weekend.
Forget Weeknight Cooking
Do you spend ages Googling healthy dinner recipes only to end up giving up and heading to the pub for some grub? Instead of stressing about dinner every night, set aside time on Sunday for meal planning, shopping, and cooking. Make a big batch of one or two recipes that will last all week or use a slow cooker, and voilà! Healthy dinner is ready and waiting. Now you can take that Chinese food delivery guy off speed dial.
Do Something Different in Your Spare Time
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Whether you’ve been meaning to take that beginner’s pottery class or visit the science centre’s newest exhibition, make a list of fun things you’ve always wanted to do or great books you’ve wanted to read. Next time you have a few hours to kill, check your list before checking the new releases on Netflix.
Get Some Shut-Eye
It’s been a long day and you’re exhausted. Yet, you go to check Facebook one more time and suddenly it’s 2 a.m. A consistent sleep schedule makes you feel better, but did you also know it can make you work more efficiently, prevent disease, and even help you maintain a healthy weight? Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day and you’ll feel and look well-rested.
Living a healthy lifestyle while you’re working full-time can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Making nutritious meals in advance, getting exercise with friends, and finding time for new activities will help you feel your best even if you’re spending way too much time at the office.
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