Throughout your life, you’ve always prided yourself on being the kind of person who could balance being strong and healthy with all of your responsibilities. No matter what was going on in your life–whether you were busy dating, or acing exams, or applying for funding for your business–you always made time for runs in the morning and watched what you ate. But recently, you’ve been losing track of your health. Business is good, business is booming, in fact. It’s a great feeling, to be running a business that’s going well, but it means that your time is constantly occupied. Whether you’re staying up late designing a logo for your newest app, or traveling all over the city to meet potential partners, your business is your life.
But you don’t want to lose track of your health. You’re looking for creative ways to keep working, while at the same time staying fit. So if you’re ready to take that step, here’s how to do it.
One of the easiest ways to cut calories out of any diet is by cutting out alcohol. Especially if it’s something you turn to when you’re stressed or busy, you’re probably consuming more than you realize. Did you know that a pint of lager can contain up to 180 calories, the same amount as a slice of pizza? Sure, drinking is fun, and an easy way to let off steam–but if you did it in other ways, like going for a run after work, you’d burn calories instead of consuming them.
In the business world, there’s pressure to drink sometimes. So if you need to drink a glass of wine at dinner with a client, or have a whiskey on the rocks with a business partner while discussing finances, that’s fine. It’s more about cutting alcohol out of your life in general. Obviously, if you suspect you have a drinking problem, it’s worth quitting entirely. American culture is quite understanding of this issue, and it is unlikely that colleagues will pressure you to drink even when they are.
Work out in small segments of time
For an ordinary person, handling the usual responsibilities of life, it’s already hard enough to make time for the gym. And even though Planet Fitness had more than 10 million members in 2017, you know that most people join only for January, and rarely go the rest of the year. The problem is, it’s not just discipline that’s required for going to the gym, but time. The drive back and forth, plus the workout, plus showering, can end up taking one to two hours out of your day. And when business is booming, you don’t have time for that.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t work out. Instead, you have to work out in small segments of time. Save the long workouts for the weekend, and use some of these 20-minute workouts recommended by Men’s Journal to fill up small gaps of time when you’re free. If you need some guidance, get a digital coach, and if you’re traveling all the time for work, think about joining ClassPass. This program allows you to work virtually anywhere in the US, and it offers a variety of classes for anyone who quickly gets bored of routines.
Cook in bulk, and have backup food
Another easy way you can lose track of your health is by eating the wrong kinds of foods. There are always temptations at the office, and if you’re staying late, it’s easier to order Chinese takeout or a pizza than wait to get home at 11 p.m. and eat dinner then. The best way to avoid this is by cooking in bulk. Choose once or twice a week when you cook something healthy, freeze it, and take it to the office with you. You can even keep a few backups in the freezer for emergencies–just make sure it’s not fish if you plan on microwaving it!
Additionally, have some power bars and high-protein snacks like jerky in the car or your jacket pockets so that if you’re always on the go, you won’t have to succumb to whatever high-calorie snacks are available at an airport or gas station. Adult obesity rates in 2017 exceeded 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states, and 25 percent in 46 states–which goes to show how easy it is to put on weight in the US. By keeping a stash of healthy foods with you, and staying hydrated, you can fight off temptation, looking good and feeling healthy.
By using these strategies, you can stay fit–even if you don’t have much time for it. What other ways do you stay healthy without losing too much time?