Maintaining Your Health on a Tight Schedule and Budget

I love to work out…it’s my “me time,” but I don’t always have the opportunity to fit it into my daily routine because there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. I know that many readers face the same dilemma.  With a spouse, kids, work, and other activities going on in your life, sometimes your personal health takes a back seat to everything else.  Going to the gym every day and maybe even having a personal trainer would be ideal, right?  Unfortunately, this is not the reality for most people and gym membership (much less a personal trainer) can be a significant household expense.  Even if you don’t have the time or money here are a few things that you can do in order to stay healthy on a tight budget and even tighter schedule.

Taking vitamins

This is the easiest thing to do, but the hardest thing to remember.  To help you remember set an alarm clock on your cell phone or calendar during an ideal time of the day.  Whether it’s when you first wake up, when you first get to work, or during your lunch time, taking vitamins is a great way to help boost your energy levels and supplement nutrients that you might be missing from your daily diet.

Eating healthier

Nutritional foods are usually less time consuming to make for lunch than traditional lunch foods.  Yogurt packs, almonds, a salad, and fruit salads often come pre-packaged and make for easy compact bundling in a lunch bag.  These types of foods will give you more energy throughout the day.  Remember that canned fruits and vegetables are higher in sugar and salt respectively, than bagged fruits and vegetables.  Smoothies are great drinks that you can make yourself, and depending on the thickness, can be as filling as a regular meal.  Healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables are often less expensive in the cost per consumption aspect.  Take some time to do your research and find the foods that you like best so you can regulate your budget based on what and how much you have to buy.

Fasting

Your stomach is growling, your head is swimming, and you don’t see an end in sight.  When you hear the word “fast” it is common to think of starving yourself, but that isn’t always the case Fasting doesn’t have to involve going days or weeks without eating.  In the course of 24 hours, you can choose a window in which you can eat.  There are many fasting programs which require different eating regimens such as fruits and vegetables only, high protein intake, or liquids only. We review several of these in future articles so before you knock the idea of fasting, take a look at the different ways to fast

Multitasking

We estimate that the average person spends an hour a day on their.  Let’s say that 50% of that time is not at work or in your car.  That leaves 30 minutes of phone usage during which time you may be able to take a walk, do squats, or lift light free weights.  According to Ask.com a person can walk around 1.5 miles in a half hour, so why not use that time to walk and talk?

Finding the time to take care of yourself may not be easy but it’s necessary to ensure a full and happy life. As the saying goes, “You don’t have anything if you’re don’t have your health!”

the author

Adrian T. Marable has motivated and inspired many men and women to lean forward in their personal and career lives. He has a proven track record of creating the path of success for the "average Joe" which includes career, personal, educational, and spiritual satisfaction. Adrian's mission in life is to promote a successful mindset which leaves the individual with the mental tools to be successful.