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How To Stay Fit When You’re Busy
Keeping fit while balancing work and family life can be daunting. Even with the best intentions, it's sometimes difficult to put in the necessary time for a workout. Luckily, as FitnessGearUSA.com explains, there are some ways to fit fitness into your life without taking up much time.
Use Fitness Tech
There are so many great tech upgrades in the fitness world, and they’re joining forces to change your habits. A fitness watch helps you set reasonable step and calorie goals and reminds you to achieve them, and a food-tracking app, such as Noom or My Fitness Pal, helps you be mindful of what you're eating by simply scanning the barcodes of your packaged food. All these tools are game-changers for the fit-focused professional, and they're a great first step in creating healthy habits.
Fit It In
If you have time to go to the bathroom, you have time to exercise. As with these other tips for living a healthier lifestyle, you just need to make it a priority. TechRadar suggests getting a standing desk, so you’re never slouched and sitting. Do squats every time you’re reading email on your phone, jog to the bathroom, or do jumping jacks while you’re waiting for your coffee to steep. You just have to know you can, and then do it every day. Pretty soon, your healthy habits are cemented.
Load Up On Low-Calorie Foods
Your mom said it a thousand times, and it’s true. Eat your veggies. Veggies have almost zero calories, and they fill you up, which means you’re satisfied and your body burns your accumulated fat for energy. Put your morning eggs on spinach instead of toast or your curry over cauliflower rice instead of white rice. Take stock of everything you’re eating, and look at the nutritional facts. Two equally delicious yogurts might have vastly different calorie counts, and it’s up to you to decide which to put into your body.
Plan Your Meals
When you’re wandering around your kitchen looking for something to eat, you’re more likely to make an emotional choice about what to put in your body. But if you spend a few moments deciding what you’re going to eat throughout the day or week by meal planning, you’re much more likely to make healthy choices when the time comes. With an app, such as emeals, you can choose your recipes, send the grocery list to Instacart or your favorite Scottsdale grocer, and always be prepared with healthy food when your tummy starts rumbling.
Drink More Water
STACK points out that your body decides whether it’s full or not based on weight and volume. If your stomach is full, you aren't hungry. Water is the most low-calorie, high-volume substance you can find, and you need it for every life function. It helps you digest food, protects your organs and joints, and prevents constipation. If you drink a liter of water when you wake up and then with every meal, you’ll eat fewer calories and feel fit and healthy.
It Doesn’t Take Time, It Just Takes Determination
Fitness doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing venture. By prioritizing your health and wellness you can find time for fitness where you otherwise thought you had none.