Workarounds for a Busy Life

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it can be easy to make excuses when it comes to exercise and proper eating – whether it’s that you’re too busy for breakfast or that you just can’t make time to hit the gym. The good news is there are definitely workarounds to the problems that a busy schedule can cause; and it all begins with a change in perspective.

Priorities are a huge part of making changes to your lifestyle. It may sound like an oversimplification, but the beginning of any journey is the decision to embark. Take a moment to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself this question – “What do I want?” If you decide that you want to look or feel better, then you can consider this show on the road!

With that decision in mind, it’s important to make lifestyle changes something you do on purpose as opposed to something you do only when it’s convenient. Let’s take breakfast as a great example. If you love your sleep, or if getting to the office early is important to you, taking the time for a meal can be a real challenge. So what’s the workaround? Change your idea of breakfast. A cup of Greek yogurt, a banana and a slice of toast with almond butter would take less than 5 minutes to prepare and about the same time to eat! Instead of being intimidated by the thought of adding to your already hectic agenda, choose to find an extra 10 minutes in the morning and get your metabolism moving.

Obviously, this solution applies to any mealtime that’s been passed-by in your daily routine. If you don’t have time for lunch, grab something healthy on the go or keep a few small meals close by. Just as important as regular eating is staying hydrated. Work in water breaks as often as you can. Doing so will keep you focused and alert while you slay the dragon of your day!

Exercise can be another point of contention for those of us with a busy workload. Heading to the gym, changing clothes, working out, showering, then changing clothes again is a process which some of us can’t spare the time to get done. So what’s the workaround? Change your idea of exercise. Remember that something is better than nothing. Whether it’s parking a little farther from the entrance to a building, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking to the corner store instead of driving, the small steps you make toward a healthier you will turn into leaping bounds in the long-run.

This week’s blog isn’t about spelling answers out for you. Instead, the idea here is for you to rise to the challenge of solving the problems that are holding you back from looking and feeling your best. Nobody knows your life better than you do, and with that in mind, no one will be more effective at beginning life change than you will be! Take some time today to evaluate your current state of being, your priorities and your goals. Make new decisions, new commitments and take new steps toward a new you!

At Contemporary Health Center, we offer a variety of different solutions and therapies that will help you look and feel your best. If you’d like to talk with our friendly staff about the ways we can help you on your journey, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bloy, call us today at (239)333-3345.